As a follow-up activity of this year’s edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum, with the title “Consolidating the Black Sea NGO Community for Sustainable Development”, which took place between the 23rd and 25th of October, in Istanbul, Turkey, we are coming back with the Final Report of the event.
The Final Report of the event highlights the main key points debated throughout the two and a half days of the event, providing a concise summary of the presentations of the speakers during plenary sessions and of the discussions between participants during the interactive sessions.
The final report of the event is available here.
Apart from this, on the second day of the Forum, an interactive exercise has been included within the plenary session “How to Strengthen Black Sea Cooperation? A Multi-Stakeholder Approach”, whose main objectives were to present the Black Sea Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and of the Common Maritime Agenda, as well as to identify potential contributions from civil society for their implementation.
Starting from SRIA’s four central pillars – Black Sea Knowledge Bridge; Black Sea Blue Economy; Key Infrastructures and Policy Enablers; Empowered Citizens and Enhanced Blue Workforce – the Forum’s participants have been asked to group and identify main ways through which civil society organisations from the region can get involved in taking concrete action towards the implementation of the research agenda.
Based on the input received, the Black Sea NGO Forum team has prepared as a follow-up activity a Reflection Paper whose main aim is to highlight the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach for achieving the two Agendas, focusing in particular on the role of CSOs in fostering societal resilience and sustainable development in the Black Sea region.
The Reflection Paper: CSOs’ Role and Contribution to the Implementation of the New Maritime Agendas is available here.