Thursday, 22 January 2015

From Membership based Network to Ideas Community: 10 Years of Development Cooperation Platform in Latvia

On January 8, Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation LAPAS celebrated its 10 years anniversary and the launch of Latvia's Presidency in the EU Council.

Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, LAPAS has announced its transformation from membership based network to ideas community. Supporting the new paradigm of development, any person and any organisation aiming at changing the world towards more sustainable development are welcome to become member or friend of LAPAS.
 To reinforce the new approach and also the EU Presidency priority - glocalisation - LAPAS has also changed the visual identity of the platform. The new symbol of LAPAS is the sign of the Latvian ancient goddess Laima (Happiness) and symbolises local solutions to global problems as a key towards development.

For the EU Presidency launch, instead of formal presentations, LAPAS chose to show the movie „The Economics of Happiness” (see that gives a glance on LAPAS perspective to development priorities.
Please find the full text of LAPAS Presidency Manifesto “Ideals at Work” here.

LAPAS thanks all members, ex-members, ex-directors and partners, guests from platforms and NGOs from Poland, Lithuania, Italy, Finland, Ireland, Germany, GCAP, Beyond 2015 and Action 2015 campaigns, and especially CONCORD director Seamus Jefferson and EP DEVE Committee chair Linda McAvan for their participation. Find happy pictures of happy people on our Facebook Page LAPAS_LV.

Information provided by Inese Vaivare, LAPAS

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