CROATIA: HIGH TIME TO CREATE A TOLERANT AND INCLUSIVE SOCIETY
“Social cohesion and pluralism are under threat in Croatia. I urge the authorities to initiate and engage in an open dialogue with all stakeholders in order to protect pluralism and avoid further polarisation in society. Moreover, political leaders need to send an unequivocal message against violence, discrimination and intolerance, in particular against members of national minorities and journalists” said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, at the end of his five-day visit to Croatia.
AIDWATCH REPORT: LOOKING TO THE FUTURE, DON'T FORGET THE PAST - AID BEYOND 2015
2015 has been marked by important international decision-making moments, including the Financing for Development Conference in Addis, the Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York and the lead-up to the climate negotiations in Paris. Given the importance of these events for the existing development framework, it is no surprise the EU declared 2015 the European Year for Development.
INCREASE HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION ALONG THE WESTERN BALKAN ROUTE
In 2015 the number of refugees and migrants trying to reach the EU through the Western Balkan route increased tremendously due to the worsening conditions in their countries of origin. In recent months along this route many atrocities of human traffickers have been recorded.
AGENDA 2030: CONCORD-BEYOND 2015 ETF CALLS FOR EU ACTION TO ACHIEVE WELL-BEING FOR ALL WITHIN PLANETARY BOUNDARIES
As Heads of State and Government meet in New York to formally adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the centerpiece of the Sustainable Development Summit and 70th UN General Assembly – the CONCORD-Beyond 2015 European Task Force urges all EU Member States to start prioritizing implementation.
EJC OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has announced the opening of its sixth round of applications for the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme, closing on September 9.
Journalists pitching innovative storytelling projects covering international development issues will be awarded funding of up to €20,000 (£14,000) each, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The EJC recently announced the winners of the grant's fifth round, which gave 14 projects from media outlets in countries like Denmark, Germany and the UK more than €250,000 (£177,000) in total to report on a variety of topics.
GREEK TRAGEDY ORCHESTRATED BY TROIKA: WHERE ARE THE EUROPEAN VALUES?
Deeply concerned for serious threat of fundamental European values of democracy, solidarity and social justice and protection of human rights in the case of current Greek debt crisis, which is organized by key European institutions which are forcing Greece to austerity, cutting and selling off key national resources in exchange for debt relief, Centre for Peace Studies, Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity CROSOL, Matica hrvatskih sindikata (Association of Croatian Trade Unions) and Group 22 are organizing press conference
"Greek tragedy orchestrated by Troika: Where are the European values?"
friday, 3rd of July 2015, 10 am
in the Trade Union building.
The key speakers will be:
Sandra Benčić from Centre for Peace Studies
Vilim Ribić in the name of European Economic and Social Committee
Mislav Žitko from Group 22
Marina Škrabalo from CROSOL
VIDEO: DEVELOPMENT CO-OPERATION IN CROATIA THROUGHOUT HISTORY
After twenty long years of war and post-war reconstruction, Croatia was given the opportunity to start with the development of its own policy of international development cooperation .
Through the Non-Aligned Movement in the framework of the former Yugoslavia, Croatia has acquired extensive experience of international cooperation, and from the beginning of the war in 1991 all the way until 2011 was itself the country of destination of international assistance and solidarity.
Now is the time to help the others.
“DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION MUST BEGIN WHEN THE FIRST BULLET IS FIRED”
Assistant Foreign Minister Vesna Batistić Kos said at the final panel of Croatia Forum 2015 titled “Lessons Learned: Hidden Dangers and Solutions” that Croatia’s experience in providing and receiving development assistance was invaluable and that small donors like Croatia manage their development means more cautiously, warning that there was not enough strategies to institutionalize first-hand experiences into permanent know-how.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESS CONFERENCE ON GREECE
CPS, CROSOL, Unions, Group 22 and Centre for Working Studies held a press conference today about the situation in Greece. The message is: Ladies and Gentleman decision makers, read the European contracts again, European Social Charter and Charter on Fundamental Rights and tell us, is this what you are proposing to Greece in accordance to this documents? Or be honest and admit that legal standards, values and ideals of European Union - democracy, solidarity, social justice, human rights - do not have a place in negotiations about "serious stuff" like money. After the Greek crisis, in which Europe should we believe?
CROSOL HELD GENERAL ASSEMBLY
22nd of May in Human Rights House Zagreb, CROSOL Platform held its first annual assembly.
There were 17 members present, 16 full members and 1 observatory member.
Two members changed their membership status from observatory to full: Autonomous Women's house Zagreb.
Assembly voted on a new Statute that will improve the work of the Platform and its bodies.
Platform got five new members: ADRA, M.A.R.E., Institute for Development of Education, MIRamiDa Centre, Odraz and Zivi Atelje Dajhl Kralj.