Thursday, 19 July 2012

Envisioning a Just and Sustainable World – CYINDEP kicked off the Cyprus EU Presidency

On 1 July 2012, Cyprus assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Just days after the official inaugurations, CYINDEP – the Cyprus Island-wide NGO Development Platform – kicked off their EU-funded Presidency Project, entitled ‘Solidarity in Change – Development in a Time of Transition’.

Under the slogan ‘Envisioning a Just and Sustainable World’, CYINDEP has already launched its first three position papers on the post-2015 process, on the Multi Financial Framework of the EU (MFF) and on the role of citizens in development. Currently the platform is in the process of launching further papers as well as planning local and international events.

Implemented in a time of financial, social and economic turmoil, the Presidency project offers an excellent opportunity for Cypriot civil society to become more involved in discussions and debates around development issues, to empower citizens across the island to take action and to contribute to shaping the post-2015 development framework.

Apart from capacity building for the local CSOs and an awareness campaign on the role of citizens in development, CYINDEP has entered a partnership with UNDP Action for Cooperation and Trust to join the ‘Power of One’ Conference and Euro-Mediterranean Souk, focusing on the role of citizens and civil society in stimulating social change during periods of transition.
The event will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus from 9-12 October 2012.
If you are interested to participate in the event and to submit a case study of good practice, please contact Deniz at  or download the documents from our website.

In November 2012, CYINDEP will host the Global Civil Society Symposium, focusing on the Post-2015 Framework. The 2-day event will aspire to bring together civil society from around the world to explore in depth how food security can best be incorporated in a new development framework. The symposium will offer thematic sessions, civil society panels, thematic working groups and a high-level panel on the second day of the Symposium. The symposium aims to build on previous seminars and consultations, and will conclude with a list of specific recommendations from civil society towards decision-makers. In addition to the symposium, CYINDEP will also hold Roundtable discussions in four cities outside of Nicosia in order to engage a wider part of the Cypriot public and stakeholders into the post-2015 debate.
The Call for Participants and Registration Forms will be published on our website shortly, so please check it regularly, or follow us on facebook ( to stay updated with regards to the Cyprus EU Presidency and the CYINDEP Presidency Project.

Contact details: Kerstin Wittig, Project Director,

Information provided by Kerstin Wittig, CYINDEP

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