Monthly Archives: May 2011

‘One Message to Encourage’ informative meeting 1 June 2011

omteinviteYou are cordially invited to the informative meeting of the Future Together Project’s One Message to Encourage initiative at 11am on 1 June 2011 at the CCMC Community Space in Nicosia’s buffer zone, next to Ledra Palace. The “Future Together” project, which is implemented by Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK) and The Union of Chamber of Cyprus Turkish Engineers and Architects (KTMMOB) and funded by United Nations Development Programme – Action for Cooperation and Trust (UNDP-ACT), is designed to promote a socially inclusive reconciliation process on the island with a focus on enhancing cultural and natural heritage projects through participatory approaches. The overall aim of the initiative is to lead to increasing citizen participation in decision-making processes, in particular with regards to shared physical spaces. Come along on Wednesday to hear more and see how you can get involved!

Future Together – Invitation to One Message to Encourage Initiative

Invitation One Message to Encourage

You are cordially invited to the informative meeting of Future Together Project’s One Message to Encourage initiative Date: June 1st, 2011, Wednesday Time: 11:00 a.m. Venue: CCMC Conference Room

RSVP: Suna Evran or George Stavri Tel: +90 392 22 85151 (107) & +357 97 763776

This initiative is implemented in partnership with the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC)

International Day of UN Peacemakers Photo Exhibition 27 May 2011

On the occasion of the 9th International Day of UN Peacekeepers, UNFICYP invites you to the launch of a photo exhibition on Friday 27 May 2011 at the Ledra Street crossing in Nicosia at 2pm. The theme for this year’s observance is the ‘Rule of Law’.

Remarks will be delivered by:

  • Lisa M. Buttenheim, UNFICYP Chief of Mission.
  • George Iacovou, Representative of the Leader of the Greek Cypriot community.
  • Kudret Ozersay, Representative of the Leader of the Turkish Cypriot community.
  • John Farrelly, UNFICYP Senior Police Adviser.

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‘Future Together’: giving opportunities for small-scale community-driven cultural or heritage projects

The ”Future Together” project (Participatory Development Project) through its “One Message to Encourage” initiative will provide an opportunity for small-scale community-driven cultural or natural heritage conservation projects to tell their story to a wider audience, and to have access to the capacity-building programme of the “Future Together” project.

What is the “Future Together” Project? Continue reading

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AKOVA Festival to raise awareness of Domestic Violence

domviolenceAkova Women’s Association & KTAMS cordially invite you to the Akova Festival on Saturday 28 May, an activity-rich event organised as part of the “Strong Women for Strong Civil Society” project in order to raise awareness and combat Domestic Violence. The festival starts at 12:00 at the wedding hall in AKOVA village, and there will be activities until midnight! Continue reading

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Press Release: Open Cyprus Project calls on Pegeia Council to respect right of access to environmental information

peyiaPress Release: Open Cyprus Project calls on Pegeia Council to respect right of access to environmental information The Open Cyprus Project today called on Pegeia Council and all local authorities to respect the public’s right of access to information, especially information concerning environmentally sensitive areas in Cyprus, island-wide. This call comes after Pegeia Council refused the request of Councillor Linda Leblanc for a copy of planning permits for a controversial new coastal development, which might endanger the protected coastal zone in the Sea Caves area (Thalassines Spilies, Pegeia).  

“The lack of access to information from local authorities in Cyprus is a serious problem,” confirmed Orestis Tringides of IKME, one of the organisations leading the Open Cyprus Project. “Our research has found that full information is provided in response to just 8% of information requests.” Continue reading

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Exhibition on the ‘Right to Learn’ Youth Initiative by milia

miliaA fresh and active group of young people called ‘milia’, has in the last three months organised a highly successful programme of experiential workshops on the theme of education, the creative results of which will be exhibited this Friday and Saturday 20 and 21 May 2011 at the Nicosia Municipality’s ‘Peace’ Venue. Believing that it is crucial that the broader public hear the voices of youth on the ‘Right to Learn’, milia volunteers will exhibit the wonderful collages, innovative proposals and powerful short films produced by participants during milia workshops. The exhibition will be open on Friday 20/5/2011 at 17:30-21:00, and on Saturday 21/5/2011 at 11:00-19.30, at the Nicosia Municipality’s ‘Peace’ Venue, located at the end of Ledra Street. For more information see

‘Milia’, which was set up last September as an informal group of young volunteers from the fields of education, youth work and civic society groups, organised four weekend sessions of interactive workshops for 12-18 year olds, funded by the European programme ‘Youth in Action’. The workshops took place on 19-20 February and 12-13 March in Nicosia, on 27-28 March in the village of Galata and on 16-17 April in Limassol.

The theme of all workshops was the basic right of each person to an education which responds to their needs, and which promotes a democratic society where all people receive respect but also respect the rights of others.

miliainviteFacilitated by Cyprus Youth Council trainers who employed non-formal learning methods such as creative activities, discussion groups, teamwork and media, beneficiaries explored in depth their own learning styles and experiences as well as their education as a human right. They made recommendations on how to improve the educational experience in our country, as well as short movies on the theme, inspired too by their discussions with individuals who had experienced global education first hand.

The young people’s feedback has been overwhelmingly positive – claiming that the experience had left them feeling enriched in their self-esteem, empowered and inspired by the understanding and perspective gained on education. Organisers have said that the ideas of these young people will feed into future ‘milia’ activities, having seen how much they have to say about, and can contribute to, a healthier model of education.

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POST Research Institute’s latest newsletter

CCMC member POST Research Institute have just launched their latest bi-monthly newsletter covering the months of March and April. Have a look here to see what POST RI have been up to!

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Home for Cooperation opens today!


Today marks the launch of AHDR’s ‘Home for Cooperation’, the new shared space in the buffer zone. There will be a range of events going on over thee weekend, so don’t miss it! Highlights include Tat Tnabar and Gommalar playing live, the opening of Future Worlds Centre’s ‘Borderstories’ Photographic exhibition, (both today, Friday 6 May), Walks for Peace with POST Research Institute and EMAA and the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts creating recycled sculptures with children (both on Saturday 7 May), Women’s Voices event by Hands Across the Divide and  the Peace Players basketball tournament, both on Saturday afternoon, ENGAGE Small Grants exhibition and screenings by CCMC on Sunday 8 May, and the premiere of the Documentary on Cyprus, History and the Home for Cooperation by Stefanos Evripidou and Stephen Nugent on Monday evening. Please download the flyer with full details in English, Greek and Turkish.

To read the full speech by the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative at today’s launch click here.

Walks for Peace on 7 May 2011

On the occasion of the inauguration of Home for Cooperation, CCMC member POST Research Institute is inviting you to a walk to experience the multiculturalism of the fascinating city of Nicosia. The Walk for Peace is taking place on Saturday 7 May 2011, meeting at the Ledra Street and Lokmaci checkpoints at 10:30am.  Bi-communal groups will have the opportunity to experience the history and multiculturalism of Cyprus’ capital city and it will be a chance for all communities in Cyprus to meet each other and explore the history and culture of Nicosia in a multicultural atmosphere. You can choose between the “full day experience walk” with a chance to enjoy some of the festivities at the Home for Cooperation during the lunch stop (approx. 5 hours) or a “short” walk. Continue reading

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