Toolkit at the World Democracy Forum

Toolkit at the World Democracy Forum

23 October 2012

The World Forum for Democracy, a new, big creation in the panoply of Council of Europe events, was opened by UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon on 5 October and received the intended media attention.

The Dialogue Hub Coordinator, Christoph Spreng was to join a Panel discussion on 10 October, entitled “Civil society: a key player for living together” (for more information on this see:  http://www.coe.int/t/ngo/Source/WFD_Living_together_round_table_en.pdf ). He had been asked to speak first, as the only NGO representative on the panel. It was a lively occasion, showing up many of the needs to improve Europe as a place more worthy of living together. Besides speaking to the title of the event, his task was to present the INGO Dialogue Toolkit to that wider audience of the Democracy Forum.

The second event this month was Dialogue Toolkit work, the first Introduction Workshop for Facilitators. The external project fundraising provided the finance of this event. Candidatures had been sought via the INGO and the Dialogue Toolkit websites. The budgeted aim was 14 participants. Initial applications were higher and after the selections process and some cancellations and no-shows produced 13 participants from 7 countries. As part of the programme Jean-Marie Heydt, President of the INGO Conference came to talk to the participants, and so did Ulrich Bunjes, Special Policy Adviser to the CoE Director General “Democracy”. One participant was a recent PhD of a reputed Institute of International Studies. Her parting comment was: “Dialogue – that’s the future!”

After the Introduction Workshop the Head of Youth Training at the Council of Europe invited the coordinator for a talk. He had been present at the outset of the project for two days in March 2011. The exchange of views was quite wide-ranging, as it turned out that he does international work as well as youth training.

Finally, for the record, the 5th International Congress on Conflictology of last month in Barcelona has published its on line Report, mentioning the Dialogue Tooolkit presentation in its 3rd paragraph, for more, see here: http://www.uoc.edu/portal/en/sala-depremsa/actualitat/noticies/2012/noticia_130/congres-conflictologia.html

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