North-South Centre - European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity


Promoting dialogue and cooperation between Europe,
the South of the Mediterranean and Africa
Building a global citizenship based on
human rights and citizens' responsibilities

 

New Mission for the North-South Centre

Following a reflection regarding the future and the potential of the Centre, the Committee of Ministers entrusted the Centre with a mission in the framework of the Council of Europe neighbourhood policy and in agreement and coordination with the activities developed by other sectors of the Organisation.
In this context, the objective of the North-South Centre is to contribute to democratic processes, mainly through education to global democratic citizenship and intercultural dialogue. The main target is civil society, in particular youth and women.
The Centre continues to implement activities in the framework of the “Joint Management Agreement” signed with the European Commission in November 2008 and renewed until 2015, with the aim to develop a culture of global democratic citizenship. An extension of this programme to neighbouring regions could be considered as from 2014.
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GT-CNS Ad hoc Working Party of the Committee of Ministers on the Future of the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity (North-South Centre) GT-CNS(2013)4 final
  NEWS (Site updated on 10 April 2014)
Results of the Selection of partners/activities for the University on Youth and Development (UYD)
The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe (NSC), the European Youth Forum (YFJ), the Spanish Youth Institute (INJUVE) and Spanish Youth Council (CJE) have gathered in Madrid on March 27th to select the partners/activities for the 2014 edition of the University on Youth and Development (UYD). The NSC is pleased to announce that 7 youth organisations will bring their activities to Molina and will join the celebrations of the 15th anniversary of the UYD. The selected partners are the following:
• EFIL (European Federation for Intercultural Learning)
• YEU (Youth for Exchange and Understanding)
• Y-E-N (Youth Express Network)
• AEGEE-Europe
• IUSY (International Union of Socialist Youth)
• CNJ (National Youth Council –Portugal)
• EEE-YFU (European Educational Exchanges – Youth for Understanding)
The next step will be a partner’s meeting at CEULAJ (Mollina, Spain) in June.
Meeting of the Steering Committee of the North-South Process for the Empowerment of Women, 9 April in Strasbourg
Call for initiatives for the World Forum for Democracy, deadline: 30 April 2014
The Council of Europe is organizing the 3rd edition of the World Forum for Democracy (WFD) that will take place in Strasbourg from 3-5 November 2014. The WFD is an annual gathering of leaders, opinion-makers, civil society activists, representatives of business, academia, media and professional groups to debate key challenges for democracies worldwide and encourage democratic innovation. This edition will address the challenge of re-building young people’s trust in democracy and re-shaping institutions to give youth real influence on decision-making in all social arenas.
Interested organisations worldwide are invited to express their interest in presenting an example/initiative enabling youth participation by answering the questionnaire (available in English and French) and sending it to
forum_democracy@coe.int by 30 April 2014. Any public or private organisation is eligible to apply. For more information, you can also consult the
WFD website.
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Call for Participants – Capacity-building activity on “Structured Participation in Democratic Processes” in the framework of the 2nd Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship, 2-9 June 2014, Hammamet, Tunisia
The call for participants for a capacity-building activity on “Structured Participation in Democratic Processes” that will take place in the upcoming edition of the Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship has opened. Find below the link for the call for participants and the application form. Deadline for applications is April 20th.
. Application form
. Call for participants
National Workshop - “Enhance women's access to political life in the Mediterranean: challenges and opportunities. The example of Morocco”, 28 March in tetouan (Morocco)
This workshop is organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe in partnership with the Association of Women Voices and collaboration of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe.
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. Programme (only in French)
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Website of the association
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North-South Process for the Empowerment of Women
National Workshop - «The political participation of women in Politics : Key factor for the dialogue and the democratic consolidation», 17 March 2014 in Tunis

This Workshop is organised by the North-South Centre in co-operation with the Center of Arab Woman for Training and Research (CAWTAR) in partnership with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
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Global Education Online Training Courses
The next North-South Centre Global Education: The Intercultural Dimension course which is taking place from 24 March - 20 April.

José Frederico Ludovice is the New Executive Director of the North-South Centre
The North-South Centre informs that Ambassador Francisco Seixas da Costa has concluded its one year term as Executive Director of the Centre and was replaced by Mr. José Frederico Ludovice, Portuguese Diplomat, that will assume the direction of the Centre as from 1st March 2014.
The Seed Funding for Africa Europe Youth Co-operation
The North- South Centre of the Council of Europe has concluded the selection process for the 5th round of the Seed Funding Grant. We received a total of 40 applications from 27 different countries (14 African and 13 European) and we selected 9 projects to be funded this year for the grand total of 18 538 euros in grant money. 
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Call for candidates for the 2014 North-South Prize
The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe has launched the call for nominations for the North-South Prize 2014. All suggestions for candidates are welcomed. Before submiting your suggestion please consult the information note on the North-South Prize. The deadline is 30 June 2014 and send your suggestions to nsc_prize@coe.int. More

2013 North-South Prize - Award Ceremony on 12 June 2014 in Lisbon

The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe announces the award of the 2013 North-South Prize to His Highness Prince Aga Khan, Shah Karim al-Hussaini, and the Aga Khan Development Network , and Suzanne Jabbour.
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. Global Education and Youth Training of Trainers
. Newsletter for the first Trimester 2014
. North South Centre brochure (2011)
. Calendar of activity 2014
. 2012 Seed Funding Publication

 Council of Europe News

New cooperation agreement between the European Commission and Council of Europe on human rights, democracy and rule of law, Brussels, 1st April
The European Commission and the 47-nation Council of Europe have today signed a “Statement of Intent” putting in place a new framework for cooperation in the EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Regions for the period 2014-2020.
The agreement will enable the two organisations to work together in a more strategic and result-focused manner to help promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Regions based on the Council of Europe’s binding international conventions, monitoring bodies and assistance programmes. More

News Journal
The Directorate of Communication has launched a new initiative that aims to improve understanding of the Council of Europe's work and policies among our partners and stakeholders, including the media, in our member States and beyond.
Each Friday, a weekly review of news and views from the Council of Europe "JOURNAL" is posted in the Council of Europe's Web TV. Here is a link to this week's edition.


 European Union

EU Neighbourhood Info centre: General information


  Useful documents
 

. REPORT of the 1st Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship (1 -8 July 2013), 3 July 2013, Hammamet, Tunisia on Civil society actors in democratic transformations: Sharing the experience of Central and Eastern European NGOs, organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Italian National Youth Forum (FNG)


. Report of the Round table “New Media and Youth Participation” Organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe in co-ordination with the EU-CoE youth partnership, 1st Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship (1 -8 July 2013), 2 July 2013, Hammamet, Tunisia


Key Findings and Recommendations from the Country Reports on Global Education - 2011
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia

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