Call for Participants: Urban Steps for Resilient Future

Cooperation and Development Network of Eastern Europe is happy to announce the call for participants for the International Activity (Training for Trainiers) that will take place from 24-29 April near Istanbul, Turkey.

The project is a part of our annual work plan and is going to

  • enable young people to analyse their cities (think global);
  • equip them with capabilities to conduct local activities on the spot with the goal to improve their communities (act local).

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Development Process for CDN’s Strategy 2019 – 2021

CDN is launching the ‘Strategy Development Process’ together with its Member and Partner Organisations. The Strategy is one of the main and most crucial guiding documents for CDN, outlining the organisation’s vision on internal and external development, scope of actions, and goals for the next three years – what topics we should focus on, who we should reach, how we envision the work with MOs and POs and what are the needs of the MOs that make CDN the network it is today and it wishes to be in the future.

The document puts together setting directions for the Executive Commitee, Secretariat and Member Organisations. The statement is adopted by the General Assembly with the close collaboration of CDN’s Member and Partner Organisations.

CDN’s current strategy statement was adopted in 2015. Considering that Member Organisations are crucial part of the strategy preparation process, we would like to get qualitative feedback from you regarding your Organisation’s, as member of CDN Network, vision on current and future development.

Therefore, the primary aim of the Strategy Development Process is to to evaluate CDN’s work in the past two years and envision together the future of Eastern European Green Movement as well as our mutual work for 2019-2021.

We invite you to take this journey with us starting with the survey below. It will not take more than 15 minutes.

The Timeline and Steps of Strategy Development Process:

The survey will be analysed by the Executive Committee and presented at the upcoming General Assembly 2018 in Belgrade. The strategic planning session at the General Assembly will give us space to:

– discuss proposals coming from Member and Partner Organisations,
– develop the draft content for the future Strategy Statement Document and
– form a Strategy Development Team, which, together with the Member and Partner Organisations will continue working on the development of the strategy statement throughout the year of 2018.

The Final Strategy Statement for 2019-2021 will be adopted at our 10th General Assembly in 2019.

The deadline for filling out this questionnaire is 4th of February in order for the EC to have time to prepare an evaluation.

Fill in the Questionnaire Here

MIL NETWORK: “Have Your Say!” training

On 19 and 20 December MIL NETWORK  organised the “Have Your Say!” training in Baku.  The training addressed democratic citizenship, youth participation and activism. The program was designed within COMPASS – Long-term training course on human rights education and democratic citizenship for youth multipliers and trainers from Azerbaijan – that is organised by the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Continue reading

European Green Activist Training – Croatia

From 20-22 October 2017 the Green European Foundation, with the support of CDN and its member organisation Fora/Green Window from Croatia, organised a three day training in Sljeme, near Zagreb, Croatia. Twenty young
people from Croatia met for the second time to learn and discuss the EU’s history and institutions as well as current and relevant issues addressed on the EU level: Brexit, GMO production, consumption and trade, and finally, the most burning issues – climate change and migration.

This event is part of the Green European Foundation’s European Green Activist Training project, realized
with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation. Continue reading

CDN General Assembly 2018

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) will hold its 9th General Assembly and Strategy Planning from 21 – 25 February 2018, in Belgrade, Serbia. The General Assembly is hosted by CDN’s Member Organization Serbian Green Youth.

More than 40 Young Greens from all over Eastern Europe and beyond will gather for debating, discussing and deciding on CDN’s strategy plan for 2019-2022, activity and financial plan for the next year as well as election of the new Executive Committee and much more. Continue reading

Young Cyprus Greens: Medical Cannabis

Since 2013 Young Cyprus Greens have organized a series of information sessions in all cities in Cyprus, in order to inform and discuss with the general public the use of cannabis in medicine and its beneficial impact on different diseases (e.g. cancer). The Young Cyprus Greens put effort so in every session to have a different panel of speakers such as doctors, lawyers, Members of the Parliament and people who are already working with medical cannabis such as doctors and researchers from abroad. Continue reading

Webinar Registration Form

Dear members of CDN Member and Partner Organizations, we would like to invite you to the last of our three webinars on Membership Management – this time we discuss the Structures and documents in Green Youth Organizations. We will discover different ways of democratically governing an organisation; exchange the structural and democratic practices of different green organisations; discuss the role of internal documents in the organisations; and analyse the importance of those in establishing and institutionalising the organisations. If you are interested to share experiences with young greens from all over Eastern Europe and get inspired,  fill in this registration form until 8th of December Midnight CET



Call for Coordination Team: Urban Steps For Resilient Future

CDN and its Alternative Urbanization Working Group are announcing a call for members of the international Coordination Team of our Annual Work Plan “Urban Steps for Resilient Future – Building Youth Activism in Eastern Europe”. The project is a follow up of CDN’s Study Session in the European Youth Center Budapest from 2016 titled “Reclaim Your City” and aims to explore Urban activism as an entry point for youth participation, to help young people turn their ideas into concrete actions and to enable young people to articulate their political demands to the local authorities and stakeholders. The full project description can be found HERE.

Coordination Team members are going to coordinate the Annual Work Plan and all its activities – Training of Trainers, Regional Trainings and Local Action – with a full support of a member of CDN Secretariat and Executive Committee respectively.

We are looking for young people that are passionate about alternative ways of urbanization, fair, inclusive and green cities, youth participation in political decision making, as well as the values of the Green movement. The call is open for people coming from Council of Europe member states, as well as Kosovo*, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 23rd December 2017 at Midnight (CET). Continue reading

New Office Coordinator in CDN

We are happy to announce that Özgecan Kara is joining CDN Secretariat as an Office Coordinator in January 2018.

Özge’s green political activism started with Gezi Protests in Turkey in 2013. Since then she has been actively involved with Young Greens of Turkey. She was a part of several prep-teams and projects in CDN and FYEG as well as a delegate at the General Assemblies of both organisations. Before joining CDN, she worked as a project coordinator for Green Thought Association (Turkey) for three years, coordinating EU funded projects on policy making and capacity building. She is on the Board of Yeşil Gazete (Green Newspaper) and produced/hosted a weekly radio show at Açık Radyo on climate change. Her working interests are green thought, climate change and feminism.

We look forward to further development of our Network with Özge!

Executive Committee and Secretariat