23. March 2017
We, the Belarusian Green Party and Ecohome non-governmental organization, express our joint protest against political repressions taking place in Belarus over the last few weeks. Starting from February 17th around 200 participants of peaceful demonstrations have been severely convicted, fined and imprisoned, including 25 journalists representing independent Belarusian media. Continue reading
Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe AISBL (CDN) held its 8th General Assembly from 23rd to 26th of February 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia. The host organisation of the General Assembly, FORa Zeleni Prozor, did amazing work, preparing perfect conditions for meetings and work and welcoming CDN’s delegates and guests. During the GA, the delegates and guests had an opportunity to participate in a panel discussion on the world population growth moderated by the hosts, which provided an excellent warm up before the heated debates on CDN’s new Political Platform. Continue reading
We are happy to announce that Sopho Mchedlishvili will start as a new Network Coordinator, a position in CDN Secretariat, in January 2017. Being committed and politically interested, she has a background of Green activism, and is a former member of CDN Executive Committee (two mandates, in 2011 and 2012). She was one of the early members of CDN Member Organization Georgian Young Greens, Georgia. For over four years she had been involved in youth projects, non-formal education and the Green movement. Continue reading
CDN, the digital [x] working group and Revolt are organising an international youth seminar on digital rights. It will take place from 24 – 30 April in Bosnia. It was inspired by a digital [x] webinar that looked at the political reactions sparked by the terrorist attacks in Paris and how the tension between security and freedom was framed by agenda setters. A year later, censorship and mass surveillance are becoming the norm, and we want to fight this: we want to change the discourse to achieve better policy and give everyone the tools to protect their freedom even in hostile environments.
Together we will:
- explore how recent events have led to fear being instrumentalised to restrict our online freedoms;
- analyse how online censorship and mass surveillance are justified by governing bodies, why these policies are ineffective at increasing security;
- see how they harm personal freedoms and democracy;
- look at why anonymity and privacy is important for oppressed and minority groups to avoid persecution and harassment.
- develop skills to use software that protects us from surveillance and overcomes censorship.
During this week-long event we will bring together 40 young people from all over Europe. This event will burst the Green bubble by closely collaborating with digital rights and hacker organisations from across the region and the rest of Europe. This seminar is not for nerds only, it will unite people who are new to the topic with seasoned digital rights activists. We aim at creating a vibrant environment to produce sustainable and long lasting collaboration to fight for our common digital rights!
If you are curious about what’s at stake in the online world and how it connects to the wider political struggles of our time, join us! Everyone is warmly welcome!
Date: 24 – 30 April 2017
Duration: 6 working days
Location: (close to) Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Working language: English
Number of participants: 40
The programme will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strive for active, inclusive and direct communication and transfer of knowledge. Sessions will be balanced between theoretical inputs, workshops, role-plays, debates, discussions, reflection and other interactive methods of learning.
This Project is supported by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, Green Forum (Sweden), Green European Foundation, Internet Society and Terry Reintke (Member of the European Parliament, The Greens/EFA)
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28. November 2016
Last weekend the Balkan Network of the European Green Party (EGP) together with the local host, Democratic Renewal of Macedonia (DOM) organised a conference titled Greening the Balkan Economies in Skopje, Macedonia.
The conference brought together representatives of the European Green Party with members of Green Parties from Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro and Serbia as well as CDN’s representatives – members of youth wings of green parties and green youth organisations from the Balkans and people from CDN’s working groups. As speakers and guests we welcomed local and international politicians, civil society activists, experts and representatives of institutions. Continue reading
Dear green friends, activists around the world,
We are shocked by a motion proposed yesterday night by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) which demands to postpone sentence of a person who is being accused of raping a child, in case if the sexual abuser has been prosecuted before Nov.11 and if the perpetrator marries with the victim without force or threat. Continue reading
Dear Member/Partner organisations and Green friends,
CDN is in the process of creating a new logo which will be voted on by the General Assembly at the beginning of 2017. The Visibility Team came up with several proposals. In order to arrange the selection in an inclusive manner and to select a logo which suits CDN the best, we would highly appreciate the feedback of our MOs.
Please, take a couple of minutes, discuss within the organization what you think about the logos and submit your votes (1 organization = 1 vote) by filling in THIS FORM.
Deadline to submit your votes is 9 December 2016.
We will take your recommendations into account and develop the ideas further.
CDN Executive Committee
Between 12th and 16th of October, Federation of Young European Greens held its annual working groups meeting in Brussels, Belgium. As in the previous years, the aim of the meeting was to gather members from the 10 active working groups under the FYEG in order to work jointly on exchange of ideas, creation of an action plan and development of strategies for its implementation in the forthcoming period. Continue reading
Ukrainian Young Greens had their first Autumn Camp (October, 14-16-th) in Kyiv. Participants of camp were from different regions of Ukraine. This event helped to create a stronger team.
During the AC we discussed pollution problems in Ukraine, searched the ways of solution and talked over our role in this process. We also met remarkable and broad-minded personalities, who have strong ties to Green movement in Ukraine and in the world. We had really exciting discussions with Johan Hamels (Green Party of Canada). Young Greens got much experience, much knowledge about youthful political space in Ukraine and abroad.
After having this educational and encouraging event, everyone feels that we really have got a united green family in Ukraine. We will be able to work well in our team, be good at using our own initiatives and achieve necessary goals. So we, Ukrainian Young Greens, have a “can do” attitude now and we are ready to face different challenges. We are on the right way, so the results will come soon.
CDN is trying hard to stay ahead with different activities it can do to bust our Member and Partner Organisations’ capacities. This time, we planed something new for them!
Many organizations experience generation change and struggle with managing their membership. So we decided to organise a WEBINAR to explore and discuss team work, group dynamics, different personalities in teams, our own roles in our organisations and how the structures can be more inclusive to different members’ needs? What are the challenges organizations are facing, when dealing with different people? Continue reading