Open call for Participants: Study Session “Work that Works for all: Shaping Europe’s Future of Work”

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) and Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) are announcing a call for participants for the Study Session “Work that Works for all: Shaping Europe’s Future of Work”.

The event will take place during 15-20 November in the European Youth Center Budapest (EYCB), Hungary. Travel dates to and from Budapest are 14 and 21 November.

With this activity, we aim to empower 35 young Europeans in accessing their social rights – the right to decent work – in order for them to become agents of change in their local communities through human rights education in the pandemic world. The aims of the study session are:

  • To explore the legal, structural and societal history, context, challenges and barriers young people face while accessing their right to decent work in different European countries;
  • To deepen participants’ understanding of youth unemployment and youth precarity, their social (political, economic) and individual (physical and mental health) consequences;
  • To explore the existing opportunities and initiatives for young people in accessing work related rights, as well as to develop participants’ understanding and solidarity about the social and economic conditions their peers are facing;
  • To equip the participants and their organisations with the tools for countering the challenges and consequences of  inaccessible Social rights.
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Work Plan “We are the future, but we are here NOW!”

Project background

At the Strategic Planning Meeting of CDN in March 2020 the topical areas of interest of the MOs and POs of CDN were identified as follows: climate, gender, cities, digitisation, migration, food, health and labour rights, but the work on these and other topics is pretty limited in the Eastern Europe due to the ever-shrinking space for the civil sector.

We saw that even before the COVID-19 pandemics, the civil and political rights of majority of the Eastern Europeans were not guaranteed. Protests against number of governments or against particular decisions are being confronted with unbalanced police force in Georgia, Serbia and Greece. In Belarus, Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkey the space for the civil society is non-existent and the oligarchic governments of other countries from the region are following the bad example of the governments of the above mentioned countries and misusing the pandemic related measures to restrict the rights to protest and at the same time ignoring the outcries for help from the civil sector, as well as the general public. Meanwhile, the levels of trust towards the states and understanding the procedures behind the speeches of the decision-makers is decreasing, as the Eastern Europeans have to think about the economic and health related issues. According to National Democracy Institute (NDI.org), less than one third of young people express satisfaction and trust some political option to represent their needs. We believe, that the pandemic brought out on a daylight the symptoms of deep political crisis that the Eastern Europe (EE) is suffering from for decades and one of the solutions to improve the situation is a massive education of the young people on the importance of their participation in the life of their country. Only by practicing true, informed democracy we will be able to build resilient and just Eastern Europe, where the human rights are respected and youth life flourishing.

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EkoFest 2018: Registration Open!

(For Serbian, Click HERE)

We are happy to open a registration for participants for this year’s annual EkoFest that will take place
between 13th – 16th December 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. This is the biggest EkoFest so far including the
participants coming from Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Serbia.
EkoFest is the most visible annual event that usually Serbian Green Youth organizes, it is a few days long
festival of discussions, movies screenings, workshops and direct actions.

The EkoFest 2018 will be organized in cooperation with CDN and will focus on the topics of food production, and will approach the food production from different angles: from food processing and distribution to consumerist habits and veganism as a political statement in the frame of sustainable living.

This years’ program will include public events and closed activities for more than 40 registered young Green-minded activists. Public program will include panel discussion, movie screenings and lectures, while closed part will include study visits and workshops.

We are looking forward to welcome the participants who are:

  •  interested in the topic of food production, food distribution and food waste;
  •  can contribute to this topic in any way;
  •  interested in Green Politics and activism in general.

Logistics and Technicalities:

• Accommodation in a hostel/hotel will be provided for the nights of the 13-15 December;
• Lunch will be provided for the registered participants, reception will be available for the public
events;
• Travel costs will be reimbursed within reasonable limits, with the condition to combine the most
economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions);
• Participation is free of charge.

Working language of the Festival will be Serbian with the possibility of English translations.

Here you can find the registration form. The deadline to fill in the form is: 9th of December.
Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis… so register early 🙂

For any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us at office@cdnee.org

EkoFest 2018: Registracija Otvorena!

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Zadovoljstvo nam je da Vas pozovemo na ovogodišnji EkoFest koji će se održati od 13. do 16.
decembra u Beogradu. Učešće na ovogodišnjem EkoFest-u biće omogućena učesnicama/učesnicima iz
BiH, Crne Gore, Makedonije i Srbije.

EkoFest je jedan od najvećih događaja koje Zelena omladina Srbije već godinama organizuje, a na ovogodišnjem očekuju Vas razne diskusije, prezentacije filmova, radionice i akcije.

EkoFest2018 će se fokusirati na temu proizvodnje hrane i ujedno će pristupiti ovom procesu iz više
uglova: od proizvodnje i obrade hrane, konzumerističkih navika u ishrani i veganstva kao političkog stava
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ASHD: Post Rio+20 process in Armenia

Association for Sustainable Human Development has recently been working on enabling dialogue between governmental structures and non-governmental sector within the framework of the “Post Rio+20” process in Armenia.
The primary objective of the  activity was to enable adequate environment for ensuring efficient ASHD2 15involvement of national NGO sector into the work of the Interdepartmental Commission, established for implementations of the recommendations of “Rio+20” Summit, particularly in working out the national strategic document – National Program “Post-Rio+20” for 2015-2025 on implementation of “Rio+20”.

During the project implementation, the members of Commission  got acquaintance with international experience and best national practice related to elaboration of the strategy and policy in the field of environmental sustainability and development. The representatives of both governmental and non- governmental sectors through collaborative work  enriched each other, contributed their relative experience, and it was effective basis for successful implementation of their mission – elaboration of national strategic document – draft National Program “Post-Rio+20”.

November 2015,

ASHD