Lashio dzies, this means good day! My name is Stan. I am twenty years old, I am working as a volunteer for the association Gypsy Eye. Our idea is that every human being especially Roma and non Roma can be a messenger against discrimination. For this, you just have to be wise and to accept diversity.
Social media is a tool, a tool to communicate. By no means it is a means, much less an end. A deadly tool capable of facilitating the overthrow of governments, as proven in the Arab Spring, but also a deadly tool capable of distracting and creating confusion or apathy. Like metal conducting heat or electricity, social media is a conductor of ideas, and if not followed by action, the ideas, like metal, will just turn cold with no hope of impacting or changing the near future.
Borders are cultural avenues to different worlds
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When the international debate takes what I call a generic approach to water, it is not developing the kind of partnership that is required for meaningful co-operation on water. What is required is an organic, incremental, step by step process: policy, not politics.
I remember the days when we were afraid of leaving our houses during the Taliban regime. Women were prohibited from public appearance and we had to say goodbye to our schools.
“Life after Coal" – was a panel discussion at the National University in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine on March 26. It was part of a two-day international conference, "Strategies of Economic Development in the Globalization Era".
Ambassadors to the OSCE asking questions.
Series of OSCE Cafes and events held in Ukraine March 2015. Different cities throughout Ukraine
The future of the planet, the real experts on Climate Change?
There is both bad news and good news for world energy supply. The bad news? Oil is running out. The good news? Oil is running out. And not only oil: sooner or later, every type of fossil energy will run out – including fossil uranium ore which is needed to make atomic fuel rods.
The world in which I live is not a frightening place. There is no war where I live, or violence. There is no hunger, no reason to believe that there ever will be. I can speak freely and without fear, love and believe as I choose. The world in which I live is wonderful, a utopia, but it comes at a price.
Security sounds like something that cannot be achieved by one single person. For security, we need dialogue. For dialogue, however, we only need two individuals. We need two individuals who will look over the rim of their convictions and beliefs and who will make an effort to refrain from long-established stereotypes and prejudices.
“Maih,” said a friend from Afghanistan as he handed me a postcard.
In opportunism, corruption shows its most ugly face in mustering all the institutional memory to obstruct, especially because this is increasingly done with a hint of malice. If anything, opportunism especially shows the nexus between corruption and complacency of the international community.
Economic collaboration focusing on the environment is a means of securing access to and exploitation of natural resources, of ensuring sustainable development in order to achieve economic progress. Collaboration builds a bridge between different interests and strategies to ensure the livelihood and survival of communities and nations. Bilateral and regional collaboration becomes complicated when resources are shared, and is easily eroded when environmental degradation endangers the development or leads to a general impoverishment of living space or quality of life.
The summer is coming to an end. A time of transitions: for some the beginning of a new chapter after university studies, for others the beginning or continuation but under different circumstances. Those who followed the relocation of your campuses from the conflict zone and or who have found a new place at existing universities – we all stand at a crossroad in one way or another.
That is why we have started the project Crossroads on the Look UP platform. It is an invitation to ventilate your thoughts and ideas about the various issues that arise given the new situation.
The month of August is a time for questioning. Take the opportunity, in the comfort of leisure time, to reflect on the things ahead. We are posing a series of questions on different topics and hope you find time to react. Engage and post your opinion to the Quilt.
"Economic deprivation and social misery are often cited as major factors that allow extremism to take root. While these undoubtedly play a role, can these be seen as the main causes? Billions suffer poverty worldwide, and discrimination and ignorance are tragically widespread, yet few among these billions commit acts of terrorism.
"I believe we need collectively to build on the conviction that, in the age of globalization, more trade is better. And that you cannot have a global flow of capital, goods and services without the actual lifeblood that supports it.
A growing inclusion of citizens, who have found effective ways to express their environmental concerns and build networks that challenge existing structures, has created a climate of change in political structures. New models for informed decision-making and new ways for dealing with change are developing. The co-operative approach has a normative element that in an ideal world would forestall opportunistic behaviour, but in an imperfect world might at least mitigate the tendency towards complacency.
The crisis of the European Union has two sides. One is political, about the lack of democracy within European institutions; the other is philosophical, about the erosion of Europe as a source of and home for universal values, notes Yale University historian Timothy Snyder in a recent article published in the New York Review of Books online.
Negative legacies, including those left by mining, represent a burden to be alleviated and to be prevented in the future. On one level this means avoiding the technological short-sightedness that led to current problems such as radioactive waste inherited from abandoned mines. Legacies can also be less tangible, but no less dangerous: corruption or mistrust inherited from the past. The legacy of a past unjust political system can be an excuse for a country to remain forever in transition.
But a negative legacy can be transformed into a positive future, by counteracting the inertness that comes from celebrating it as an alibi for legitimizing the status quo. This is possible because history is more than just an accumulation of data.
Modern electronic media open up unprecedented possibilities for communication across borders, but unfortunately also for manipulation and an indiscriminate spread of preconceived notions that can increase polarisation.
We must not ask young people to express themselves without really listening to them: to their aspirations and ideals, to the solutions they propose – on climate change, corruption or political governance. So how do you make them listen?
At the OSCE Cafe, there is a chance to meet with peers to discuss your projects or exchange ideas. This is also an opportunity to find out more how to go about setting up a project and how to use the resources of the OSCE or meet like-minded people to start working together in the spirit of connecting people, with cities, with ideas.
The consensus approach holds the 57 participating states in a quest for a balance between a values-driven policy and Realpolitik.striking that balance is difficult but ultimately manageable. “What it does not permit is withdrawal."
International Conference "Dialogue Tools to Respond to Crisis Developments: International Experience and Prospects for Application in Ukraine" Odessa, 10 to 12 December 2014 Organized by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine in response to requests from the Odessa Oblast State Administration and the Odessa Regional Group on Mediation The conference was part of the National Dialogue Project, implemented with financial support from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, and Japan. Take a look at some of the idea's about mediation voiced by different participants
In the Declaration on Good Governance adopted at the Ministerial Council in Dublin in December 2012, the OSCE participating States declared: "We underline the importance of enhancing the contribution of academia, the business community and civil society to raising awareness of impediments to economic growth, including barriers to market entry, trade and investment and of the need for greater transparency to foster sustainable economic development." This implies an understanding of sustainable development that goes beyond mere technical collaboration:.......
Recently, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) opened an exhibition of figures, "Invisibles",at Shevchenko park in Kharkiv, dedicated to the problem of trafficking in human beings, calling to tell the stories of victims, people living among us. Oleksandr tells another story...
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