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IFSPD Projects for 2018
December 10, 2017 News ,Projects

1.) Western Balkans: Peace and development through new jobs for youth

According to some studies and surveys, the provision of good work is seen as the most important social value, even more important than family, democracy, freedom, etc. Studies show that unemployment among young adults is three times higher than among the adults (25 and older), and the global unemployment rate is rising year by year. During economic crises, the unemployment rate among young people increases many-fold.

From this point of view, more and more young people in the world are considered hopeless, in distress and unhappy, because they do not have a job.

This problem is also relevant for the youth of the Western Balkans. In this region, where memories of wars of the past are still fresh and nationalist slogans are used from time to time, young people also suffer from a shortage of jobs.

It is a common knowledge that it is easy to manipulate with people who are poor, dissatisfied with their life and do not have a job and a perspective. On the contrary, it is rather difficult to manipulate with the national issues in the countries with strong economy. When young people have a job, their abilities and opportunities can be directed to positive activities, cooperation and creation, which ultimately contributes to peace and security.

In this regard, International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) proposes the implementation of the project, which provides for the employment of youth. Within the framework of the project a) the regions that are most in need of creating new jobs in the Western Balkans (in particular, with a diverse ethnic composition of the population) will be studied and identified, b) the opportunities that exist in these regions for entrepreneurial activity will be explored, c) the formulated proposals (for example, to create a hall for processing livestock products, etc.) will be submitted to the government and the business sector for implementation.

2.) Multiculturalism as a necessary element for the cultural component of the project One Belt, One Road

The Chinese initiative One Belt, One Road was first announced in 2013 by President Xi Jinping during his trip to Kazakhstan and Indonesia. In short, it is aimed at reviving the Silk Road, that is connecting China with Europe through the development or improvement of regional infrastructure projects.

The One Belt, One Road initiative is global in nature, and it has received the support of many states in the world. Within the framework of the initiative, there are 5 main pillars: the political component, ways of communication, barrier-free trade, capital flow and mutual cultural understanding. To support the initiative, the Chinese government has set up two financial institutions: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (100 billion) and the Silk Road Fund (40 billion investments).

Multicultural values have a very positive impact on strengthening the atmosphere of mutual understanding, trust and mutual respect, which ultimately contributes to stability, security and peace. And these factors are the most important for the successful implementation of economic projects, including the One Belt, One Road initiative.

From this point of view, International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) will implement a project aimed at exploring ways to promote the ideas of multiculturalism in regions and countries along infrastructure projects.

3.) Establishing a partnership with the Silk Road Think-tank Networks (SILKS)

This initiative was established on 28 October 2015 in Madrid by 43 members. The initiative to create this platform belongs to Development Research Center of the State Council of China and the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD/ Serbia). It includes 54 members and partners. The main goal of its creation is to study issues related to the Chinese initiative "One Belt, One Road", which is already described as a project of a century.

It is proposed that the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development shall establish close ties and will participate in the activities of this platform.

4.) Abuse of the principle of self-determination of peoples and the reaction of the international community

International law clearly delineates the limits of the realization of the principle of self-determination of peoples. There are a number of international documents, for example, the Helsinki Final Act of the OSCE of 1975, which clearly states that this principle will be implemented in accordance with the principle of territorial integrity of states. Unfortunately, despite the above, recently there has been an increase in separatist trends in the world. At the same time, often separatist movements appealing to such an important principle of international law as self-determination of peoples are trying to give legitimacy to their illegal actions and endanger peace and security around the globe. The International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development intends to systematize the most well-known cases when the international community opposed attempts to abuse this principle and to explore ways of effectively preventing the abuse of this principle in the future.

5.) Engaging the civil sector in the implementation of the Agenda for Sustainable Development until 2030

 

On 25 September 2013, within the framework of the UN the states adopted the Agenda for Sustainable Development until 2030 i.e. 17 sustainable development goals and 169 related tasks, which are complex and indivisible. Never before have had the world leaders committed themselves to take joint actions and efforts to implement such a broad and universal strategic program. The document contains a number of goals aimed at eradicating poverty, preserving the resources of the planet and ensuring well-being for all. Each of the 17 Goals contains a set of indicators that must be achieved within 15 years. The achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals requires the joint efforts of governments, the private sector, civil society and the inhabitants of the Earth. The International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development, on the basis of its statutory goals, as well as being aware of its goals, will implement a project aimed at acquainting the various NGOs in the countries represented in IFSPD with this document and exploring, together with these organizations, sector in their implementation.

6.) Analysis of the legislation of the countries represented in IFSPD for supporting and promoting energy supply and renewable energy technologies.

 Currently, developed countries of Europe are accelerating the development of the use and application of renewable energy sources (RES). This circumstance is dictated by the need to reduce dependence on non-renewable energy sources, as well as environmental protection, that is, ensuring sustainable development of countries while preserving natural resources and a healthy environment for future generations. For example, Sweden continues to reform the tax legislation in the electricity sector, returning to RES a preferential tax regime. By 2040, the government of this country intends to achieve 100% production of electricity from renewable energy sources. In developing countries, the situation is different, not only due to a lack of investment but also due to lack of effective incentives for the use of such technologies. Studies show that the legislative and regulatory framework in countries plays a very important role in supporting the use of renewable energy sources and energy saving systems. Within the framework of this project, the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development plans to analyze the legislation of the states represented in IFSPD and determine the extent to which existing regulations, mechanisms, and rules encourage investments, development, and use of energy saving technologies and the use of renewable energy sources in everyday life and industry. Based on the findings, the relevant best practices in this area of developed countries will also be presented to the countries in need.

7.) Sustainable transport links as the engine of economic development in Eurasia

In the modern world, safe, reliable and affordable transport and transit corridors play an important role in the effective movement of goods and people in order to support sustainable economic growth, improve public welfare and expand international cooperation and trade between the countries of Eurasia. At the same time, there is no doubt that there is the special need of developing countries, and landlocked countries,  that are also represented in IFSPD, to create and develop efficient transit transport systems linking them to international markets.

At the moment, a number of projects on the creation or optimization of transport corridors are being implemented in the Eurasian space. These projects are well known, and among them, the most significant one  is the Chinese initiative One Belt, One Road.

As part of this study, the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development will analyze the existing and emerging transport corridors in Eurasia, the strengths and weaknesses of these corridors' functioning, their opportunities for countries without access to the sea. IFSPD will also develop proposals whose adoption will ensure the effective use of such countries of transport corridors for their development.

8.) Internally displaced persons (IDPs) and regional intergovernmental organizations

Today, the problem of displacement is more widespread than ever in the world. As of December 2013, 33.3 million people worldwide were internally displaced because of the conflict and violence. In addition, only in 2013, as a result of disasters, in this situation were about 22.4 million people. In connection with the new and current crises in 2014-2017, these indicators have increased and reached the highest level since the Second World War. The problems of IDPs should be an integral part of the development agenda for the period after 2015 and the commitments it provides to ensure a decent life for all and leave no one behind. At the same time, this issue should not remain only on the shoulders of the UN. Other international organizations should also provide the necessary attention to the issue of IDPs. In the framework of this study, the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development will analyze the attitude of   international organizations such as the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the BSEC, etc. towards the IDPs and, based on the data received, IFSPD will develop proposals aimed at optimizing the activities of such organizations in terms of assistance to the settlement of the IDP problem.

The results of the research will be published.

9.) The Development of Information Technology and its influence on Sustainable Development

 

The goals of Sustainable Development, adopted in 2013 within the UN, differ from other similar documents in the fact that they are aimed not at developing countries, as it was the case with the Millennium Development Goals, but for the future of the human generation as a whole.

What place can take such phenomena as mobile Internet, the processing and storage of a large amount of information, and other innovations in meeting the sustainable development goals defined by the UN?

Will they create opportunities for faster development or will they be used to create additional problems for mankind?

In the framework of this study, the experts of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development will try to determine how best to use information technologies and digitalization to achieve the goals defined in the document entitled the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

 

10.) Eastern Partnership: the path from Prague to the 10th anniversary

 

The Eastern Partnership is a special dimension of the European Neighborhood Policy of the EU, established in 2009 in Prague. Since the first meeting in Prague in the region of its concentration, there have been many changes, including dramatic events in Ukraine in 2013-14.

In the framework of this study, the experts of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development will analyze the achievements of the Eastern Partnership, try to understand the challenges it faces and formulate concrete proposals for EU institutions in overcoming the existing difficulties associated with its implementation.

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BSCSIF PROJECTS FOR 2016
May 23, 2016 News ,Projects

1) The initiative “the Economic zone of the Silk Road”.

2) Development of index of the International Fund.

3) Multiculturalism in the context of the modern globalizing world.

4) Non-aligned countries: security challenges and how to overcome them.

5) “Azerbaijan: Alternative Energy Solutions”: the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline – Connecting Caspian and Adriatic Seas.

1) The initiative “the Economic zone of the Silk Road”.

The initiative of the Economic Zone of the Silk Road was first announced by China in 2013. Chinese Foreign Minister Wan Yi stressed that the implementation of this initiative will be the “focus” of foreign policy of China in 2015. The essence of this initiative is to search for, form and promote the new model of an international cooperation and development through the strengthening of existing regional mechanisms for bilateral and multilateral interactions involving China. On the basis of the continuation and development of the spirit of the ancient Silk Road it is planned to provide development of new mechanisms for regional economic partnership, promote the economic prosperity of the countries involved, strengthening of cultural exchanges and strengthening of relations in all fields between different civilizations, as well as the promotion of peace and sustainable development.

Currently, some of the countries participating in the International Fund (for example Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan) supported the initiative of China, while others have shown interest.

At the same time, the countries of the International Fund, for example, Azerbaijan and Turkey are carrying out important regional infrastructural projects such as the railway Baku-Tbilisi-Kars, which are aimed to create optimal transport routes connecting East and West.

As part of this research project it is proposed that the experts of the International Fund examine the contribution of each of these projects and initiatives in the trade between East and West, as well as the possibility of cooperation between them to achieve common goals.

2) Development of index of the International Fund.

In political, social and economic sciences there are a number of indices, which allow detecting and monitoring the performance, development or change of anything. As an example, you can specify the Consumer Price Index, a global index of competitiveness, global peace index (measures the so-called peace-loving between states), the index of vulnerability between states, etc. Such indexes are maintained mainly by the influential international non-governmental organizations, and such indices and rankings have always attracted the attention of the international community and the media.

This project is proposed to be a development of personal index, which will be conducted by the International Fund. As an idea it was proposed the development of “the Index of the contribution of small States in maintaining regional security and economic development”.

3) Multiculturalism in the context of the modern globalizing world.

«Multicultural» as a concept is used to define a society, that for various reasons (for example, in certain European countries due to immigration) is diverse, and a policy, that is necessary for the management of such society. This term describes the society and at the same time regulations, how to handle it. Path to multicultural society and the policies of multiculturalism of governments around the world is different.

The project envisages an international scientific seminar (conference), for example, in Istanbul or in Belgrade, with the participation of renowned experts (politicians, social scientists and international analysts), in order to review the main trends in the implementation of the policy of multiculturalism in the region and opportunities for positive experiences of these countries to build societies where without conflict and in harmony coexist diversity of cultural groups within one state.

4) Non-aligned countries: security challenges and how to overcome them.

The conflict in Ukraine, the war in the Middle East and the deterioration of Russian-Turkish relations are showing the increasing polarization of the world between the superpowers as it was like during the Cold War. Countries which do not participate in military blocs, led by these powers, and are in close proximity to the conflict regions, are with concern following the unfolding events. They prefer not to interfere and to hold someone’s side in the competition between the major centers of power. The fact that they are deprived of the collective shield of protection, for example, as it uses NATO or the Collective Security Treaty Organization, only shows that they have to rely solely on their own resources to ensure their safety. The current trend of international relations shows that the idea of Non-Aligned Movement takes on a new urgency, at the same time this movement cannot fully provide solutions to existing problems.

The project proposes to comprehensively consider the above issues and make recommendations that would help non-aligned countries (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Serbia) to ensure their safety.

5) “Azerbaijan: Alternative Energy Solutions”: the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline – Connecting Caspian and Adriatic Seas.

The project includes analysis and assessment of the role of Azerbaijan in ensuring energy security of Europe. Project in this context will be taken as a basis for Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and its impact on economic and energy levels of security, cooperation between the Caspian region and Europe.

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Summer School in the Danube Delta
August 27, 2012 Projects

On the 13-15th of July, 2012, the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea (BSCSIF) organized a three days team-building session, in the Danube Delta, in Partizani, Tulcea County. During the event, which was held in the format of a summer school,  the participants discussed the current situation in the international relations and the new role of Romania on the international stage. They also tried to define a new concept of the Romanian society – the intelligent Romania.

The event was organized with the support of the members of the International Relations Romanian Society, and was attended by the representatives of well-known organizations and institutions, such as the Institute for Political Studies of Defence and Military History, the European Institute of Romania and theLeague of Romanian Students Abroad.

We should also mention the presence to the event of two diplomats from theEmbassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Romania, whose participation contributed to increasing the intercultural dimension and the cohesive factor between the Romanian and Azeri people.

The activities covered a large spectrum, including both discussion and debate sessions, and breaks and teamwork. The BSCSIF event was attended by the BSCSIF Vice-president, Mr. Iulian Fota, the main organiser and moderator of the debates, and by four members of the project team who focused discussions on the project ideas and networking with the participants. Given the positive feedback from the participants, similar activities are to be organized in the nearest future in some of the countries represented in the BSCSIF.

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CHARITY PROJECT “Easter Caravan”
April 29, 2012 Projects

On the occasion of the Easter Holiday, the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (BSCSIF) set up the social project “Easter Caravan” aimed at helping over 200 children from poor families living in the districts 2 and 3 in Bucharest. The project was implemented in collaboration with the BSCSIF partners: theatre “Ion Creangă”, Cinema Hollywood Multiplex and Apshanu Group SRL.The project activity involved a festive event held on the 18th of April during which the children were given gifts containing sweets, juices and toys donated by Apshanu Group  and enjoyed the performance offered by the theatre “Ion Creangă” (”The Food War”). The next day, the children were given the opportunity to watch the cartoon movie ”Happy Feet 2”, offered by Cinema Hollywood Multiplex in Mall Vitan.

The main goal of the project was to provide children from poor families a chance to enjoy the Easter Holiday by offering them gifts and moments of joy. During the project BSCSIF has contacted companies from Romania for fund/product raising, being a bridge between socio– economically disadvantaged persons and people willing to help.

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Side by Side for the Black Sea- awarded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
April 16, 2012 Projects

“Side by Side for the Black Sea” is among the eight projects selected by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in cooperation with other international organisations involved in the Health & Environment policy process as a Best Practice Concept on youth and children’s involvement in the field of Environment and Health. The project will be presented to the European Health and Environment Ministerial Board and Task Force at their meetings in 2012, and will be published on the websites of UNEP and partnering international organisations. The project will be used:

a) At the political level to showcase what can be done between UNEP and other environment and health stakeholders to support, promote and implement environment and health projects

b) Help encourage member states in the environment and health process to duplicate similar exercise by their own initiative

c) Support WHO’s work on youth engagement.

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The project of civil society monitoring “Role of civil society in contemporary countries of the region”, July, 3-10, 201
August 04, 2011 Projects

One of the most important projects of the year-2011 was the Project of civil society monitoring, titled “Role of civil society in contemporary countries of the region”. The first monitoring was held in Azerbaijan in the period, July, 3-10, 2011. The project was implemented by the group of independent experts: Felicia Scoarta, Adviser to Secretary General, Amanda Paul, Political Analytic and Coordinator of the European Policy Centre, Brian Cassidy, Chairman of the INT Section of European Economic and Social Committee, under the coordination of Marius Opran, Director of the BSCSIF branch in Brussels.

This project resulted in the report, reflecting principle aspects of the research.

When the project was completed, the report was sent both to the representatives of governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations on the national and international level.  Further such monitorings are planned to be realized in other countries of the Black sea-Caspian sea region

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The Project “Tolerance, Religion and Cultural Diversity”
July 26, 2011 Projects

Международная программа по обмену молодежи, «Толерантность, Религия и Культурное Разнообразие», проходила в Кобулете, Грузия, в период с 14 по 21 апреля. Основные цели и задачи проекта : – определить и понять различия и общие черты обществ, к которым принадлежат участники; – принять и понять важность различных культур, религий и взглядов; – совместить людей различного социального, экономического и культурного происхождения в работе и в жизни; – поощрять взаимную поддержку и укреплять подход, ориентированный на конкретные решения среди участников.

Проект длился 8 дней, включая прибытие и отъезд. Он собрал вместе 40 молодых людей (4 участника и один лидер из каждой страны) из 8 разных стран: Грузия, Испания, Турция, Румыния, Армения, Азербайджанская Республика, Украина и Латвия. Методы, применяемые в проекте: семинары, групповые задания, взаимодействие с местным населением, культурные поездки – посещение различных храмов, короткометражных фильмов и т.д. Деятельность, в основном, разворачивалась в одном из самых популярных морских курортов Грузии – Кобулети. Для достижения главных целей проекта, мы использовали различные виды деятельности : групповые обсуждения, презентации, культурные вечера, совместное приготовление пищи, имитационные игры, гонки по городу, представления и другие мероприятия тимбилдинга.

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The Project “Romania – Turkey. Partnership for Democracy”
February 01, 2011 Projects

The youth democracy project “Romania – Turkey. Partnership for Democracy” took place in Constanţa, Romania, from 1st February – 31st May 2011. One of the aims of this project is to improve cooperation between young participants from Romania and Turkey. Following the planned reunion, the 30 participants from the two above mentioned countries, aged 18-25, as well as, long- term, the youth in the two states in general, will be able to develop a higher level of understanding and ability to apply both the main institutional mechanisms encountered in the EU, and the democratic principles these are founded on.

In addition, reuniting young people of various cultural origins, organizing intercultural evenings that present the specificities of the two, and subjecting themes such as “World Poverty”, “World Economic Crisis” to debate will contribute to a substantial increase in the degree of common understanding, knowledge and cooperation between the members of the group.  The actual period for the project is 2th -8th May 2011, during which all planned activities will take place. The promotion of the event and the selection of the participants through an essays’ competition (on the topic “EU participative democracy”) prepare the unfolding of the main session.

The simulation of an EU Council of Ministers’ reunion is an actual series of combined events, such as round tables, debates, cultural evenings, and meetings with national and European representatives. After the event, participants will be able to increase the number of young people, as well as, indirectly and through active, consequent dissemination, the number of NGOs that share a higher degree of understanding of the EU democracy and the policy making process.

The special guests, representatives, teachers and promoters involved in the project contribute to the development and better understanding of the proposed topics as well as to the image of the event organised with the support of the Youth in Action Programme.

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Training Course on writing projects within YiA framework
July 22, 2010 Projects

BSCSIF in partnership with Romanian National Agency for Youth in Action Program organized, between 22nd and 25th of July 2010, a Training Course on writing projects within YiA framework for representatives of over 15 organizations. The training, which took place at BSCSIF headquarters, provided the participants with knowledge and skills to write and manage Youth in Action projects, better understanding of European and national priorities regarding youth active involvement, as well as the key issues in receiving EC funding.

The event has offered the 25 representatives of more than 15 organizations the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge about the EC YiA program, to learn to become efficiently active and share experience with their fellows, to understand European funding mechanisms, as well as to learn about financial resources allocated to Romania for this specific program. During the training course, the participants have gained the necessary background and support, and have started to write YiA projects.

The event’s importance is enhanced by the 2010 European priority, which is fighting against poverty and social exclusion. One of the key objectives of BSCSIF is to support European Union and European Commission’s efforts in promoting tolerance, consolidating intercultural dialogue, capacity building and strengthening cooperation between civil society and decision makers. Therefore, supporting Youth in Action Program in Romania and in EU neighbouring countries comes as a step forward towards achieving common goals such as: participative democracy, active citizenship, solidarity, partnership and cooperation.

Just as EC Youth in Action program does, BSCSIF intends to contribute, in the spirit of equality and mutual respect, to the development of partnerships and collaboration between the peoples of the region in such fields as education, culture, environmental protection, democratization, justice and human rights, and reducing poverty, in order to assure a sustainable development of the countries in the area.

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