As the European Regional Secretariat, the Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND/ Black Sea NGO Forum team has carried out between the 1st of May 2018 and 30th of April 2019 the 2018 CPDE European Regional Work Plan.
We invite you to read below a short retrospective of all the activities which we have implemented together!
First of all, we discussed the growing trend of restricting civic freedoms at the 2019 edition of the European Civic Academy (28th and 29th of March, Słubice, Poland), organised by Civil Society Europe and in cooperation with OFOP – the Polish national civil society platform, and the European Association for Social Sciences and Humanities. The event gathered civil society activists and academics from all over Europe, including from the Balkans and Black Sea Region and approached topics such as: the growing trend of restriction of civic freedoms, smear campaigns targeting civil society, attacks on human rights and the rule of law in the context of emerging illiberal democracies and authoritarian governments.
Later on this year, we took part at the 2019 edition of the International Civil Society Week:“ The Power of Togetherness”, organised by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, together with local partners Civic Initiatives and Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCDSN) between the 8th and 12th of April, in Belgrade, Serbia. In this context, BCSDN co-organised on the 9th of April together with the European Civic Forum and the Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND a workshop entitled “Promoting Civic Space – Our Stories of Resilience”, which aimed at raising awareness on the challenges the civic sector is facing and of stimulating solidarity and promoting cooperation by sharing of best practices with CSOs from the European Union on topics such as: counteracting emerging illiberal tendencies, creating coalitions, ways of mobilising the general public and promoting critical thinking.
Moreover, on the 8th of April 2019, CPDE, CIVICUS and Action for Sustainable Development came together for the Civil Society Summit back-to-back with the ICSW 2019 in Belgrade. BCSDN took an important role in coordinating the organisation of this event. Even though not included in the European Work Plan, the Civil Society Summit had a great added value as it created an opportunity for a large number of organizations to get direct experience and knowledge about CPDE and its work and to connect their local advocacy efforts with the global advocacy work of CPDE. An output of the Summit was the Belgrade Call to Action, which asks United Nations Member States to act to reverse the closing and shrinking space for civil society, stop the attacks on human rights defenders and renew the prospects for an inclusive Agenda 2030.
On the 16th of April, the Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND coordinated the session dedicated to civil society organisations, in the context of the International Conference: “Agenda 2030: Partnerships for Sustainable Development”, organised by the Department of Sustainable Development and the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, within the Romanian Government, under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In the context of the session, FOND facilitated the participation of representatives from the EU, the Black Sea Region and the Balkans, with the aim of ensuring the share of best practices and lessons learned on the monitoring and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at both national and European level, and at the same time emphasizing the importance of partnerships for development and cooperation.
For more information about the CPDE activities, we invite you to consult the following link: https://www.csopartnership.org/ .