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Cooperation for a stable future: intercultural and international dialogue as a tool for ensuring peace and sustainable development

The intercultural dialogue is a powerful tool for overcoming negative effects from conflicts and for fostering peace and sustainable development. Crucial factor for bringing about positive societal changes is the knowledge and the experience of using this tool and the appropriate adaptation of successful mechanisms.

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the project is to enhance capacities of the Council of State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the Auspices of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (CSSN) to foster peace and sustainable development in Azerbaijan by providing participants with new ideas, knowledge and experience and by strengthening and widening its contacts with European and international institutions and NGOs. The project has the following key objectives:

  1. To equip participants with new ideas and knowledge about successful mechanisms for overcoming negative conflict consequences
  2. To share best practices (German, Danish, political, civil) with regard to the use of intercultural dialogue as a mechanism to foster peace and sustainable development
  3. To share ECMI experience with bringing positive changes in post-conflict regions
  4. To enable the intercultural dialogue between CSSN and German and Danish institutions and NGO sector with regard to possible future cooperation
  5. To raise the awareness of the wider public about Azerbaijan in the context of the currently negotiated Association Agreement (to succeed the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement) that will deepen Azerbaijan’s political association and economic integration with the EU1
  6. To enable EU policy makers, public officials, academia and NGO sector to obtain first hand information on issues of their interest with regard to Azerbaijan and CSSN

Approach

To achieve the objectives, a study visit to Germany and Denmark will be organized for 8 delegates from CSSN in May 2014. Through the planned workshops, the participants will acquire new knowledge on the topics of fostering peace and stability, overcoming negative conflict consequences, promoting intercultural dialogue at international and national levels, establishment of constructive majority-minority relations, and enhancing civil activism for combating societal problems. The delegation will be introduced to the experience of the border region of Schleswig-Holstein and the successful reconciliation and diversity management practices. The planned meetings with NGOs and public officials from Germany and Denmark will enable all sides to exchange views on topics of mutual interest, to establish contacts and discuss possible future cooperation.

About CSSN

The Council of State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the Auspices of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan was established on 13 December 2007 by the President Mr. Ilham Aliyev with a mission to support the development of the NGO sector in the country. The Council started its activity in April 2008 after the election and the appointment of the Council members. As a mediator between NGOs, the government, and society at large, CSSN has been serving as a forum for NGOs to raise concerns over legislation and other matters of social and public importance. Since 2008 the NGO Council has supported about 2000 NGO projects through allocation of nearly 12 million Euros in grants.

Mr Azay Guliyev, Chairman of CSSN, is a member of the Parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan Standing Committee of the on Legal Policy and Institutional Building, Head of the Azerbaijan-Romania Inter-Parliamentary Working Group, member of the Azerbaijan-France, Azerbaijan-Georgia, Azerbaijan-Slovenia Inter-Parliamentary Working Groups, deputy of the chairman of the Delegation of Azerbaijan to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly; member of the Commission for Pardoning Issues under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Board Member of the Social Development Fund for IDPs under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the State Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons.

Further information about the CSSN, its activities and members could be obtained from the website of the organisation.

Planned activities within the project

  • ECMI Study visit to Baku, Azerbaijan (26-31 January 2014)

Dr. Raul Carstocea, Dr. Zora Popova and Ms. Tamari Bulia have conducted a study visit to Baku, Azerbaijan in order to meet with representatives from the CSSN and their partner organziations (governmental and non-governmental), for the purposes of assessing their specific needs and tailoring the study visit of CSSN representatives accordingly.

  • CSSN delegation visit to Flensburg, Germany (04-11 May 2014)

CSSN representatives from governmental and non-governmental organziations will visit ECMI in Flen in Flensburg and Kiel, participate at FUEN Congress in Flensburg and visit Copenhagen and Berlin to meet ECMI partner organziations. The delegation visit will be a platform for networking and raising awareness on Azerbaijan among Denish/German stakeholders.

Team/Contact

Zora Popova
Tamari Bulia

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ECMI founders:

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The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State
Schleswig-Holstein