Monthly Archives: May 2012

CYINDEP campaigns for Global Education at the European Parliament

Yesterday we got word from Strasbourg that CCMC member the Cyprus Islandwide NGO Development Platform (CYINDEP) is flying the flag of Cypriot development NGOs at the European Parliament!

CYINDEP is lobbying Members of the European Parliament to sign a declaration on Development Education and Active Global Citizenship, tabled by the Polish MEP Filip Kaczmarek (EPP). MEPs Catherine Grèze from France (Greens), Michael Gahler from Germany (EPP), Fiona Hall from the UK (ALDE) and Maria Badia I Cutchet from Spain (S&D) have joined Mr Kaczmarek in his efforts.

The involvement of civil society in campaigning for the declaration was initiated by the Development Awareness Raising and Education Forum (DARE Forum) of CONCORD, the European umbrella organisation for development NGOs and national platforms. You can find out more info here: http://citizens.concordeurope.org/

Cypriot MEP Antigoni Papadopoulou is a global advocate!

Our source tells us that CYINDEP has been feverishly contacting Cypriot MEPs by email and Facebook, and have achieved a momentous feat in getting 4 out of the 6 to sign the declaration! In total, 231 MEPs have signed, while CONCORD is targeting a grand total of 377.

Keep up the great work Kerstin et al, and watch this space as CCMC will soon join forces with you in the promotion of development through the media in Cyprus!

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Rainbow Human Library – high resolution photo downloads 18 May 2012

Rainbow Human Library event 18 May 2012

Rainbow Human Library event 18 May 2012

Rainbow Human Library event 18 May 2012

Photos from Rainbow Human Library 18 May 2012

Thank you to everybody involved in the Rainbow Human Library event on Friday 18 May 2012, organised with the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus, CCMC, the NGO Support Centre, accept-LGBT Cyprus and the Pool of Trainers of the Cyprus Youth Council. It was a real privilege for us to be involved, and a fantastic, respectful, sharing atmosphere. Here are some photos from the event, which was held to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia:

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Photos from Global Town Hall with Hillary Clinton

Here are photos from the event on 16 May 2012 at CCMC  – a live webcast with Hillary Clinton and civil society around the world!

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Bringing life to a stagnant process: Cypriot civil society in London

6:30pm in London tonight, Cypriot civil society will be speaking to the UK APPG on Conflict Issues. “Bringing life to a stagnant process”. To find out more, click here.

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Live webcast: ‘Global Town Hall with Civil Society’ at CCMC hosted by Secretary Hillary Clinton on 16 May, 5pm, at CCMC.

As part of the US Department of State’s ‘Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society 2012 Summit’ there will be a Global Town Hall event taking place on 16 May, as part of wider efforts to strengthen the role of civil society around the world. Participants will include a broad cross-section of civil society representatives from more than 30 countries.
This Global Town Hall will take place in Cyprus through a webcast on May 16th from 17:00 – 18:00 at the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) in Nicosia’s buffer zone.
Secretary Clinton will announce action on the policy recommendations from the Federal Advisory Committee of the Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society, and highlight the success of civil society over the past year in advocating for meaningful political and economic reform around the world.  Following the Secretary’s remarks, she will answer pre-selected questions from the audience and from members of civil society participating virtually at viewing venues. As hosts of the event CCMC will be submitting their own video question on gender representation in periods of social transition. We’re looking forward!
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A Safe Internet in a Safe World Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

INSAFE & CNTI will host a joint conference in Cyprus, ‘Promoting Internet Safety Globally: Connecting Generations.’ The three-day event will take place from 14-16 May 2012 at the Golden Bay Beach Hotel in Larnaca, Cyprus, with an emphasis on INSAFE improving its ties with countries from outside Europe and assisting them in strengthening their awareness-raising initiatives and creating country appropriate resources, tools and procedures to help citizens and their families online across continents, cultures, and generations. “With almost 200 people attending the conference from over 40 different countries, this promises to be a watershed event. Our aim is to place internet safety high on the social agenda of all countries, because the capacity of young people to take advantage of the opportunities that the Internet offers and safely navigate the risks, will impact all areas of their life and hence also on the future of society,” said Janice Richardson, INSAFE Coordinator, of the conference which is co-funded by the European Commission as part of the Safer Internet Programme. “In a rapidly changing world with technological advancements impacting all aspects of our lives, protecting our children within the infinite worlds of cyberspace becomes a top, but at the same time increasingly complex priority. Bringing experts from 43 countries, representing diverse types of stakeholders, at a time when Cyprus is taking over the presidency of the Council of European Union, the conference offers a unique opportunity to shape the future of cyberspace safety for future generations” said Dr. Yiannis Laouris, Safer Internet Center (Cyberethics) director. Continue reading

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Video countdown to IDAHOBIT begins…

17 May is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). As part of the ‘Life is not just black and white’ series, the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus are showcasing nine CCMC video productions made in collaboration with NGO SC and CCMC, featuring voices from Cyprus speaking about LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans) issues. Check out the videos every day between now and IDAHOBIT on the 17 May.

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Home for Cooperation turns one!

Browse our selection of photographs from the Home for Cooperation first birthday celebrations on 6 Sunday 2012.

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British politicians bearing brooms and plastic bags!

Many of you will have read in our newsletter yesterday that next week a group of British MPs will be in Cyprus on a clean-up operation at religious sites across the island. On 10-11 May, David Burrowes MP, Matthew Offord MP, Jim Sheridan MP, and Nick de Bois MP will be spearheading clean-ups at churches, mosques and cemeteries.

Marina Savva (marinasavva@cyprusappg.co.uk) is waiting to hear from those of you who want to participate. And here is the timetable and locations:

DAY 1 (10 May) – Cleaning of churches and cemeteries at Pigi, Peristerona and Genagra – the team will split into three groups, each one undertaking one destination, accompanied by David, Nick, Jim and Matthew

Pick up/meeting points

(1) 8:AM Statue of Freedom (at the Venetian Walls, near the Archbishopric)

(2) 9:AM approx (Saint Georgios Kontos church)

(3) 9:45AM estimated arrival at Pergamos crossing-point

Commence cleaning at 11:AM

Conclude cleaning at 2:PM

Estimated arrival time in Nicosia 3:30PM

4:30PM Pick up at the Hilton Hotel, Nicosia for Mosque visit in Limmasol with His Grace Porfyrios and Imam Shakir

5:30PM Meeting point at Limmasol Mosque with His Grace Porfyrios and Imam Shakir

DAY 1 (11 May) – Cleaning of churches and cemeteries at Askeia and Afaneia – the team will split into two groups, each one undertaking one destination, accompanied by David, Nick, Jim and Matthew

Pick up/meeting points

(1) 8:AM Statue of Freedom (At the Venetian Walls, near the Archbishopric Palace)

(2) 9:AM approximately (Saint Georgios Kontos church)

(3) 9:45AM estimated arrival at Pergamos crossing-point

Commence cleaning at 11:AM

Conclude cleaning at 1:PM

Estimated arrival time in Nicosia 3:30PM.

3:30PM Visit Muslim Cemeteries at the following sites, Kivisili, Dromolaxia, Kalo Choiro, Skarinou, Kotsiatis

Pick up point at the Hala Sultan Tekke along with His Grace Porfyrios and Imam Shakir

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