Divided Past – Joint Future” is the project implemented by a consortium of 18 partners (7 IPA beneficiary countries plus Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and Netherland). Project consortium involves CSOs, research institutes, foundations, resources centres and Erasmus NAs and 13 associated business partners. Duration of the project is 48 months (starting date 1st January 2016). Read more

Next Generation Peacebuilders Contest

Together with the Carnegie Foundation and the United Network Of Young Peacebuilders, YPI is organising ‘The Next Generation Peacebuilders Video Contest’ to highlight best practices of young peacebuilders! So are you a peacebuilder and between 18 and 29 years old? Then don’t hesitate, grab your mobile phone or camera and make a video of your work as a peacebuilder! Read more

Goi Peace Foundation Forum 2018

The annual Goi Peace Foundation Forum provides a platform for scholars, activists, diplomats, policymakers and the general public to come together and, through dialogue, explore our way forward. Focal themes of past forums have included education, science, self-empowerment, youth, social entrepreneurship and philanthropy, with each forum program featuring international speakers and panel discussions, as well as arts, music and peace ceremonies. Read more

London Western Balkans Summit 2018

The fifth Western Balkans Summit concluded on 10 July with the signing of joint declarations on Good Neighbourly Relations, War Crimes and Missing Persons.

The Western Balkans Summit concluded yesterday (10 July) with Prime Minister Theresa May welcoming the six Western Balkan leaders to London, alongside other European figures including German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki. Read more

Open Call – Kosovo

Given the successful completion of the first edition in 2017, the Kosovar Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) is pleased to announce the second edition of its Executive Program, which is being delivered in close collaboration with the College of Europeon “Civil society involvement in the EU accession process”, to be held on 22-24 October 2018, in Prishtina. Read more

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

In his remarks to the UN General Assembly’s High-level Meeting on Sustaining Peace in April 2018, UN Secretary-General António Guterres described the current state of peace and security in the world in sombre terms:

“We must recognize that in some fundamental ways, our world is going backwards. More countries are experiencing violent conflict than at any time in nearly three decades. Record numbers of civilians are being killed or injured by explosive weapons in urban areas. Record numbers of people are on the move, displaced by violence, war and persecution. We see horrific violations of human rights, and rising nationalism, racism and xenophobia. Inequalities are increasing; whole regions, countries and communities can find themselves isolated from progress and left behind by growth. Women and girls face discrimination of all kinds. These are all indications that we need greater unity and courage – to ease the fears of the people we serve; to set the world on track to a better future; and to lay the foundations of sustainable peace and development.” Read more

Faces of Peace

A speech given by Dr. Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, on the contribution of peacebuilding practice to sustainable urban development at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, February 2018.

Managing the Space of the Unforgivable: Contributions of Peacebuilding Practice to Sustainable Urban Development Read more

Council conclusions: Albania


45. The Council welcomes Albania’s steady progress in pursuing reforms related to the five key priorities: public administration reform, reform of the judiciary, fight against corruption, fight against organised crime and protection of human rights, including rights of persons belonging to minorities and property rights. Institutional restructuring of the judiciary is ongoing, as a cornerstone of a comprehensive justice reform. The re-evaluation process for judges and prosecutors (vetting) has started to deliver its first tangible results, including on high-ranking members of the judiciary, under the oversight of the International Monitoring Operation. The Council encourages Albania to continue its good cooperation with the International Monitoring Operation. The Council encourages Albania to build on the progress so far and pursue intensively the justice reform, aimed at increased independence, accountability, professionalism and efficiency of the judicial system, notably through further advancing the vetting process, which is crucial for its success. Read more

WB &Turkey:Economic and social reforms

In the annual Economic and Financial Dialogue with the EU held today, the Western Balkans and Turkey agreed to deepen economic and social reforms in order to improve the economy and boost competitiveness and inclusive growth.

Brussels, 25 May 2018: today the Western Balkans and Turkey jointly adopted conclusions with policy guidance based on the countries’ Economic Reform Programmes. The aim of the dialogue is to help the countries concerned improve their macroeconomic stability, management of public finances and to boost competitiveness and long-term growth in the region. Read more