Call for new Member/Partner/Observer Organisations

Dear young Greens and activists,

We would like to announce a call for the new Member, Partner and Observer Organisations which are going to be decided upon by the upcoming General Assembly in Georgia from 12-13th of March 2022.

According to CDN Statutes, an organisation of young people with Green values, based in a country that hadn’t been a member of the European Union prior to the 1st January 2007 can apply to be a Member Organisation of CDN. Organisations not fitting in the prior criteria can apply as Partner or Observer Organisations (see CDN Statutes and IRPs for more information on the profile of MOs, POs and OOs).

More information about CDN, our principles, our documents, work in the past and our plans can be found on the CDN website. Linked you can find CDN Statutes, Internal Rules and Procedures and Political Platform.

In order to apply, the organisation must submit:

  • Filled in the Application form (access here)
  • Logo of the organisation in JPG/PNG format
  • Statutes of the organisation in English
  • Copy of legal act of registration of the organisation (if applicable)


Also, if there are any other relevant documents (political platform, manifesto, statements, resolutions) in English that your organisation works accordingly to, it should be submitted as well.

Applications can be submitted HERE.

All technical instructions are given on our GA website but you can also access them HERE.

DEADLINE for applying is February 25, 23:59 CET. However, we recommend you to apply earlier as delegates will have more time to see your application.

Each candidate organisation’s application will be reviewed by EC and a recommendation for the delegates will be written and presented during the GA.

Each Candidate Organisation will be given a chance to present their candidacy at the General Assembly. If the Candidate Organisation doesn’t have a representative at the GA, another way for the presentation of the candidacy will be ensured.

Unfortunately, CDN will not be able to cover the costs of the Candidate Organisation’s representatives at the GA. CDN can book the accommodation and meals for representative(s) for the price of 35 EUR per day per person. For this arrangement, please get in touch with office.assistant@cdnee.org latest by the 25th of February.

Regardless of the date the applications are submitted, each Candidate Organisation’s representative needs to fill in this FORM in order to register for attending the GA in person.

In case of any questions don’t hesitate to write to office@cdnee.org

Meet the New Network Coordinator of CDN

We are thrilled to announce that Giorgi Ptskialadze will join CDN Secretariat as the Network Coordinator starting from February 2022.

Giorgi has been a part of the green political family for over four years now; first, he joined Young Greens in Georgia in 2018 where he became a spokesperson and contributed to the growth and revitalisation of the organisation. And from 2020 until 2021 he was working as a Secretary General of Mtsvaneebi – a movement founded by Young Greens to expand its membership and include people of all ages.

Meantime, Giorgi has also been active in CDN and was part of the Executive Committee for two terms – from March 2020 and reelected in April 2021.

His main interests and political engagements are party politics, democracy and international affairs as well as climate and environmental protection.

We welcome Giorgi to our diverse team and wish him an exciting and fruitful experience in strengthening the Green movement in Eastern Europe.

CDN Solidarity With Ukraine Statement

Recent developments, actions and statements by the Russian Federation regarding Ukraine and other Eastern European nations are alarming.

During the last several months, the size of the Russian Military near the Ukrainian border has been largely increased. The build-up of forces has been accompanied by alarming rhetoric regarding the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. The situation has been escalated much leading to a possibility of an armed invasion.

The latter cannot be excluded as we have already seen many cases of the Russian Federation’s military aggression towards its neighbours, namely the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and support of terrorist organisations in the Donbas region of Ukraine, as well as aggression towards Moldova in 1992 and Georgia in 1992-93 and 2008.

It is worth mentioning Russia’s constant interference in Ukraine’s internal and foreign policies, support for local propaganda media and the spread of misinformation and fake news, and defamation campaigns against the pro-Ukrainian movement in general. The same is true for other Eastern European countries.

Recently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia released a statement in which they demanded that NATO should stop eastwards expansion, abort the decision of the Bucharest summit regarding the membership of Ukraine and Georgia and thus deny their accession.

Eastern Europe is not the backyard of Russia. States have a right to decide which organisation and alliance they want to join. Therefore, Eastern European countries, including Ukraine, are independent states where a clear majority of citizens supports joining the EU and NATO, thus Russian interference is unlawful and unacceptable – the concept of “spheres of influence” has no place in today’s world.

We should also emphasise the importance and the responsibility of Western countries. During the last decades, we have seen a very soft and naive attitude towards the authoritarian government of Russia, which apart from exercising bellicose foreign policy and oppressing human rights within its borders, also supports anti-democratic forces all around Europe and the world. Turning a blind eye to Russia’s aggressive and anti-democratic actions threatens not only the independence and sovereignty of Ukraine and other Eastern European countries but also the political and economic stability of other states around the world.

Therefore, we believe that the EU, NATO and other actors should do everything within their powers – more than words and statements – to not allow Russian intervention in Ukraine. Moreover, with Budapest Memorandum Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons and accessed the treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in reciprocating for its security assurances of territorial integrity and independence signed by the UK, USA, France and Russia too. Consequently, mentioned countries have a responsibility to act in accordance with the memorandum and protect Ukraine from Russian aggression.

Nonviolence is at the heart of Green politics, as we condemn all types of violent confrontations and favour conflict resolution by peaceful means. However, the subject of negotiations cannot be independence and sovereignty or the territorial integrity of a country.

We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and condemn Russian aggression.

CDN EC & Secretariat

Call for Delegates and Guests of CDN GA 2022 and Accompanying Events

Dear Member, Partner, Observer Organizations and friends,

We are happy to officially invite you to the 13th General Assembly of Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe, which will take place between 12-13 March 2022 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

We invite you to nominate your delegates to the General Assembly (GA) which is the highest decision-making body of CDN. Every Member and Partner Organization has a right to nominate two delegates and Observer Organization has a right to nominate one delegate to the General Assembly. Other representatives of Member, Partner and Observer organizations are invited as Guests. Other guests (members of the WGs, CDN partners and funders and representatives of other Green organisations in Europe and wider) are also welcomed to join the GA.

Note: We strongly encourage you to follow the good practice of having one experienced delegate (preferably, someone who has been to previous GAs) and one less experienced delegate (to ensure transfer of knowledge).

 

Prior to the GA, CDN will organise several other events, the main of which is a political conference on the Future of Eastern Europe (more information on the conference will follow very soon) on 10-11th of March. We hope that we see you all joining us for the conference too!

Please read the following FINANCIAL CONDITIONS and general information below very carefully, before you proceed with nominating and registering your delegates. The Financial Conditions includes all the important information regarding financial and reimbursement rules for all the attendees of the GA, no matter if they come as delegates, candidates, guests or in some other role.

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

We would kindly ask MOs, POs and OO to nominate and register delegates by filling in THIS FORM by 13th February 2022, midnight CET.

In order for CDN to be able to provide financial support for the delegates’ travel costs, the above-proposed deadlines shall apply. If the deadlines do not suit you, do not hesitate to write to us at office@cdnee.org and inform us about the possible time of a decision in your organisation related to the delegate(s).

NOTE: Registration form is not enough to register as a delegate! Delegates of MOs, POs and OOs need to be confirmed by their organisation. Therefore, an official email from your organisation’s email account should be sent to office@cdnee.org confirming the name(s) of your delegate(s).

WG members nominated by their WGs to attend the WG meeting (8-9th March) and GA should also register by filling in the same form by 13th February 2022, midnight CET.

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Guests can register for the GA and the conference by filling in the same form by 19th February 2022, midnight CET, if they would like CDN to book the accommodation in the same venue (please, read Financial Conditions for clarification).

The delegates are expected to arrive at the venue in Tbilisi on 9th March 2022 in the evening (dinner will be provided) and depart on 14th of March in the morning (breakfast will be provided). In case of inability to attend the conference, delegates are expected on 11th of March in the evening (dinner will be provided).

WG members attending the WG meeting are expected to arrive on 7th March 2022 in the evening (dinner will be provided).

For any additional information regarding the financial arrangements, please get in touch with the Secretariat (office@cdnee.org).

Safety and COVID-19 measures


We understand that COVID-19 is not the past but rather a present with new variants and increased cases from time to time. Therefore, many countries including Georgia have Covid measures and entry requirements. In addition, we want to ensure everyone’s safety during the GA, with additional measures. Please, read the following text carefully prior to registering!

Regulations for crossing the Georgian Border:


Those coming by air shall present:

  • The document confirming the full course conduct (two doses, one dose in case of Johnson & Johnson) of any COVID-19 vaccination;
    or
  • Documents confirming recovery from the Covid-infection (confirmed positive PCR-test) during the last 100 days and one dose conduct of any vaccination listed by the WHO for emergency use. The sequence of infection and vaccination does not make difference, at least 14 days must be passed from the moment of vaccination.

Those coming by land shall present:

  • The document confirming the full course conduct (two doses, one dose in case of Johnson & Johnson) of any COVID-19 vaccination;
    or
  • Documents confirming recovery from the Covid-infection (confirmed positive PCR-test) during the last 100 days and one dose conduct of any vaccination listed by the WHO for emergency use. The sequence of infection and vaccination does not make difference, at least 14 days must be passed from the moment of vaccination.
    AND
  • The negative PCR test taken in the last 72 hours prior to the visit to Georgia

 

Therefore if you come by air you will just need a vaccine certificate, if you come by land if you will need both – a vaccine and PCR test taken within 72 hours.

 

Rules within Georgia:

  • Masks are mandatory:
    – Both in outdoor and indoor spaces
    – In Transport
  • Up until now, the Green Pass system has worked thus everyone entering cafes, hotels, halls or any other gathering place would be required to show their vaccine status. This has been lifted as mandatory however singular institutions might continue using it and only allow vaccinated people within their space.

 

Measures during the event:

  • Everyone shall be wearing N95 masks during the sessions (In case of absence, Masks could be provided by CDN);
  • The distance shall be kept between the participants;
  • Attendees are highly advised not to leave the accommodation and venue;
  • The meeting room shall be ventilated often and sanitisers will be provided by CDN;
  • In case of any COVID-19 symptoms the person shall be provided with quarantine, however, we strongly advise you to self-quarantine in the days prior to coming to the events in order to protect everyone.

 

Best wishes,

CDN Executive Committee and the Secretariat

CDN Statement on Vaccines

CDNEE EC & Secretariat is fully vaccinated and even boosted!

Getting vaccinated is crucial to defeating the pandemic. Vaccines have proven their ability to end epidemics and make once deadly diseases a history through building collective immunity.

However, we are seeing that in many Eastern European countries vaccination rates are relatively low while vaccine hesitancy is high. This might be caused by many factors including lack of trust towards the state institutions, unavailability of quality information about vaccines and poorly organized vaccination processes.

At the same time populists and conspiracy theorists are capitalising on vaccine hesitancy, thus promoting themselves and dangerous ideas about vaccines, spreading hateful, violent politics even further.

Meanwhile, as we have the privilege to get the vaccines, there are people for whom vaccines are still not available. It is clear that we cannot end the pandemic with vaccine inequality and it is the responsibility of richer nations to distribute them and waive patents on vaccines.

Yes, it is first and foremost the state’s responsibility to carry out a vaccination campaign, but we see that they largely mismanage this crucial task. Therefore we as young people have a responsibility to encourage friends and family and people around us to get a vaccine, as well as to demand from our states the effective performance of its functions in the field of public health protection.

WHO has announced 2022 might be the last year of the pandemic – let’s make it real!

Get vaccinated and boosted and ask people around you to get vaccinated too.

CDN EC & Secretariat

Call for Feminists in the Environmental Movement: Activity Assistant

CDN is opening the call for the activity assistant of one year long project “Feminists in the Environmental Movement” on Gender and Climate. You can find more information about the project here.

This is a paid, part-time, home office based position, starting from the mid February 2022.

Working time: average of 4 hours/week, flexible working hours (some activities might take place during weekends)
Remuneration: 1700 EUR, for the whole length of the project.
 

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Call for Feminists in the Environmental Movement: Local Reporters

CDN is opening the call for the Local Reporters for one year long project “Feminists in the Environmental Movement”. You can find more information about the project here.

This is a paid, part-time, home office based research position, starting from the late-mid February 2022. We are accepting applications by the 23rd of January 23:59 CET.

Working time: average of 2 hours/week, Spring-Summer 2022, flexible working hours (some activities might take place during weekends)
Remuneration and per diem: from EUR 350 to EUR 500, depending on the country the reporter lives in and does the interview in.

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Feminists in the Environmental Movement (FEM)

How climate change affects the women in the rural areas of Eastern Europe

The struggles women in rural areas of the Eastern Europe face are usually overlooked when discussing climate change. Even though women are responsible for 60% of world’s food supply by working in harsh conditions in fields, they are often silenced by figures of authority and the wider society alike. In rural communities, it is notable that climate change significantly affects economic yield of agriculture, and first ones to feel that impact are women. Young people, on the other hand, are migrating from the rural to urban areas. In deeply rural communities, people often depend on natural resources for everyday life. With the arrival of industries, polluters and investors who strive for profit, lifes of people in rural communities are labeled as less important than profit. The investors not only pollute, but destroy the ecosystems that have grown around them. As we can see from examples of brave women all around Eastern Europe, they are ready to fight to protect local natural resources, even if at times they face violence. Their stories deserve to be heard by wider audience, to break the stigma of traditionally labeled “powerless woman”, promote eco-activism in all communities and release women from the shackles of their oppressors. This is why CDN, with its Gender WG decided to join the GEF project “Feminists in the Environmental Movement” with the following activity.

The aim of the activity is to raise voices of young women in rural areas that are being affected by climate change and its causes, as well as share positive stories and bring attention to importance of addressing climate change in an intersectional way.

In this project, we will conduct a 1 day training on journalism for 7 young people from Eastern and Central Europe (CDN MO and PO members, WG members). The training will happen on the 7th of March in Tbilisi, Georgia and will be attached to CDN’s WG meeting, conference and GA. After the training the participants will visit rural areas in their countries that are impacted most by climate change and environmental problems, research and document how they affect young women and make interviews with them. The reporters would be trained to facilitate open and honest conversations and empowering the young women by giving them space to share their experiences with the wider public.

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Call for Presidency of CDN General Assembly 2022

We are looking for Presidency Candidates for the upcoming CDN General Assembly (GA), which will take place 12-13th March 2022 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Presidency is a body that presides over the General Assembly. It consists of two people, who are responsible for managing the program, voting sessions and ensuring the smooth running of the GA. Presidency members must not be candidates to any positions at the GA nor participate in the discussions during the GA, but moderate them. Presidency is proposed by the Executive Committee and confirmed by the General Assembly at the beginning of its proceeding.

Responsibilities of the Presidency:

  • Chairing the plenary and amendment sessions;
  • Managing the election and the voting processes efficiently;
  • Tracking the quorum and absences;
  • Other minor logistical tasks.

Candidates must have:

  • Solid experience in political processes and chairing meetings;
  • Experience with CDN or one of its Member/Partner Organisations and/or experience of attending CDN or FYEG GA before;
  • Enough time to dedicate to the GA and preparing for the presidency role.

As a member of the presidency, you will need to get acquainted with rules and procedures around CDN GA, described in CDN Statutes and IRPs. You will also need to attend at least 2 online meetings before the GA in order to divide the tasks. Members of the presidency are expected to be present in Georgia for the duration of the GA together with CDN Secretariat and Executive Committee. They are expected to arrive one day before the GA (11th of March) to Tbilisi in order to make the final arrangements and to attend the evaluation of the GA in the prenoon on the 14th of March.

All costs of travel, visa, accommodation and meals will be covered by CDN. Presidency members are welcome to arrive earlier and attend the political conference that will take place on 10-11th March.

To apply, please fill in THIS (CLOSED) application form by 23:59 CET, 10th of January.

CDN General Assembly 2022

We are happy to announce that the next General Assembly of CDN will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia 12-13th of March 2022, hosted by Young Greens of Georgia.

General Assembly (GA) is the highest decision-making body of CDN that gathers at least once a year and has the full power to take any necessary decision in order to realize the objectives of CDN.

GA consists of delegates from Member and Partner organisations of CDN and brings other friends from the Green European family to share, network and discuss. GA elects Executive Committee, adopts activity and financial plan for the next year and makes other relevant decisions.

MEMBER ORGANISATIONS of CDN have a right to be represented by two delegates with voting rights at the General Assembly, while PARTNER ORGANISATIONS of CDN have a right to send two delegates with no voting rights to the GA. Both Member and Partner Organisation have a right to nominate their candidates for any organisational group/position or submit amendments to any organisational document of CDN. GUESTS are also welcomed at the CDN GA.

All the relevant information regarding the upcoming GA, financial conditions, as well as calls for delegates, EC and Organisation Candidates, will be published on this page during January and February 2022.

Prior to the GA, on 10-11th of March, CDN will organise a political conference on the future of Eastern Europe. More information on the conference will follow in January.