Black Sea Peacebuilding Platform initiative brings together conflict resolution experts inBucharest

 

1 November 2009

 

On 28 – 31 October 2009, civil society conflict resolution experts fromArmenia,Azerbaijan,Georgia,Moldova,Romania andUkraine (including Nagorno-Karabakh and Transdniestria) met at UN House and at the Radisson Hotel inBucharest. The 25 regional conflict experts met to discuss the initiative to build a permanent standing Black Sea Peacebuilding Platform.

 

ThisPlatform will provide an inclusive, transparent, democraticallygoverned and regionally-owned civil society platform for improvedcollaboration, cooperation and sharing of expertise.  ThePlatform is an independent, regionally-owned and regionally-basedinitiative developed by expert organisations and institutions acrossthe Black Sea Region. The aim of the Platform is to strengtheneffective capacities for conflict transformation, violence preventionand peacebuilding locally, nationally and regionally in the Black SeaRegion.

 

The participants of the workshops inBuchareston 28 – 31 October 2009 agreed to continue the development of the BlackSea Peacebuilding Platform by creating a regional web-portal and expertworking groups.  National Civil Society Round Tables on conflict and peacebuilding issues will be held in Chisinau,Yerevan andTbilisi in 2009 and in other capitals of the region in 2010.

 

The initiative to build a Black Sea Peacebuilding Platform has previously held meetings inCluj-Napoca,Brussels, Kyiv andBucharest.

 

For more information please contact:

Denis Matveev +40 741 610 170 (English, Russian)

Corina Simon +40 742 989 398 (Romanian, English)

 

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Editors Note:The initiative to build a Black Sea Peacebuilding Platform was created in November 2008. Its development since then has been driven by professional civilsociety organisations specialising in peacebuilding, conflictresolution and violence prevention from theBlack Sea region. Organisations from Armenia,Azerbaijan,Georgia,Moldova,Romania,Russia,Turkey andUkraine (includingCrimea, Nagorno-Karabakh and Transdniestria) have so far taken part in this initiative. The initiative aims to broaden its base to include representatives from Bulgaria as well as from the conflict zones of Abkhazia andSouth Ossetia. 

 
Thefirst meeting of the Platform initiative in Bucharest in 2008 and thelatest one in Bucharest in 2009 have both been supported by the BlackSea NGO Forum.  In 2009 the Forum wastitled “NGOs in Times of Crisis”, and has been organised by FOND (theRomanian Platform for Development NGOs) and the Civil SocietyDevelopment Foundation (Romania).

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