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We are participating at the 11th Meeting of the Danube Local Actors Platform. Please find enclosed the draft agenda:  https://bit.ly/3sVTfBg.

The meeting addresses the up-coming Danube Participation Day 2021 on participation and digitalisation (including a brief follow-up of the Danube Participation Day 2020 on youth participation and related initiatives as well an National Participation Days), provides updates from the Danube Strategy Governance, addresses the next steps in the implementation of Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity and Cooperation” and exchange on useful information on project development and design for further formats on funding & project development that will be created in the course of this year.

Please find enclosed the summary of the meeting. The summary includes contributions from speakers and references to documents and links that were mentioned during the presentations. The annexes are available at WeTransfer at the following link: https://we.tl/t-mSlhqhjet8.

 

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Hello everyone,

Here is the work plan finalized for the work-package regarding CSO Panel and UNCCD processes Work_Plan_GOVERNANCE CSOs accredited to UNCCD

It is quite ambitious, so we will need to prioritize.

Some of the items might also appear on other work-packages.

 

This proposition is of course open to your comments and to further discussion.

 

Best wishes!

 

Manon Albagnac

Chargée de projet Sahel Désertification | CARI

Coordinatrice du ReSaD

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The Strategy and Action Plan for the “Common Lands Network in the EMENA Region” was updated and accepted by ILC 2020 2020- Common Lands Network Strategy, Governance and Multi-year Action Plan + RFramework + budget

 

NGO BIOS is a member of the Steering Committee of the Common Land Network and will participate in the decision-making in carrying out the actions provided by the Strategy.

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Dear colleagues!

In connection with the Covid pandemic19, members of the Priority Area 10 (PA10) of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region discussed on 15 and 16 June the option of organizing online interactive meetings / events, especially the organization of National Participation Days.

The presentations included in the agenda of the Agenda_Online Meeting of Danube Local Actors Platform_NPD  can be accessed here 2020-06-15_D-LAP_NPD I , 2020-06-16_D-LAP_NPD II and used in your activity.

 

Access the Online National Participation Day toolkit at padlet.com/DLAP/NaPaDatoolkit and find useful documents, articles and links for organising interactive online meetings. The toolkit also includes tutorials of the online tools that were presented at the meeting as well as of some of those that were proposed by the participants. The toolkit will be regularly updated.

 

The videos of the meetings can be accessed on the WebEX platform. Access the video (with the chat and polls) will also be accessible via the PA 10 YouTube channel.

Respectfully,

The BIOS team.

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Dear colleagues,

Due to pandemic that our planet is facing, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the first time in its 28-year history will conduct its biannual Council meeting  in a virtual form on June 2nd and 3rd, 2020. This responds to the GEF Council’s decision to maintain business continuity, and ensure that important decisions are considered and approved in this 58th GEF Council meeting. Decisions such as the selection of a new CEO and on a proposed work program  (https://www.thegef.org/sites/default/files/council-meeting-documents/EN_GEF_C.58_04_Work%20Program%20for%20GEF%20Trust%20Fund.pdf) which comprises approximately $650 million in GEF funding for projects and programs in over 70 recipient countries.

Since the GEF’s early days, civil society has been represented at every Council meeting. These representatives have participated as observers with voice and have contributed with their knowledge and expertise to the discussions on each Council agenda item. Throughout the years, CSOs have participated in-person in these past GEF Council meetings and in the associated GEF Consultations with Civil Society on the day preceding the Council.

In view of these extraordinary circumstances that we’re all facing and the fact that the GEF Council will be conducted in a virtual form, for this time only and as an exception, there will not be a GEF Consultation with CSOs, which have traditionally taken place on the day before the Council. Also, for this time only, the representatives of civil society in the virtual Council meeting will be as follows: two members of the CSO Network plus one member of the GEF’s Indigenous Peoples Advisory Group (IPAG) representing IPLC.

These representatives, who will participate virtually together with the Council members, are:

Akhteruzzaman Sano akhteruzzaman.sano@gmail.com – Chair of the GEF CSO Network
Maria Leichner maria@leichner.uy- Vice-Chair of the GEF CSO Network
Lucy Mulenkei: mulenkei@gmail.com – Chair of the GEF’s IPAG

The CSO Network representatives were selected by the Network members themselves and the IPAG participant was selected by its members.

Please note that all the GEF Council documents are accessible on the GEF’s Website (https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/gef-58th-council-meeting)

Finally, as it has been customary, the GEF Council meeting can be observed by clicking a link on the GEF’s website (note that this time this will be done via WebEx Events). The link will be posted on the GEF’s Website in due course at https://www.thegef.org/

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The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) provides an integrated framework for strengthening this cooperation between nations. Bringing together 115 million people from nine EU member states, three EU candidate countries and two EU neighbour countries, it has an important integrative and cohesive function. Reports of the European Commission acknowledge that, since its creation in 2010, the strategy has successfully generated structures, projects, and networks to tackle common challenges. However, large dissimilarities between countries and within countries persist, highlighting the need for a continued and even re-enforced joint endeavour. In addition, some challenges, as climate change or demographic change and migration, are becoming more urgent and need to be addressed in a coordinated way beyond borders. Digitalisation brings both challenges and new opportunities; again, cooperation and exchange among the Danube countries will be crucial to avoid increasing disparities.

 

This revised EUSDR Action Plan is the integrated response to this common set of challenges and opportunities. It updates and concentrates the 2010 actions, puts them into a strategic background, and provides links to “embed” the EUSDR into other programmes (cf. part I).

 

As the EUSDR is initiated and owned by its participating countries, the largest part of this Action Plan (part II) is based on the contribution of the participant countries via the National Coordinators (NCs) and of the twelve Priority Areas (PAs). Ranging from mobility to security, they have identified 85 actions, i.e. on average seven actions per PA, to bring the Danube region forward. The European Commission, serving as a strategic adviser throughout the revision process and amending its expertise to the PAs’ input, was consolidating this Action Plan in permanent coordination with the PAs and NCs. The Danube Strategy Point provided important support, to reach out to citizens by realising an online consultation and a public hearing that opened the revision process to the participation of the civil society.

 

The EUSDR Action Plan has the goal to help unlock the full potential of the Danube Region. This could for instance happen in terms of mobilising funding possibilities that have not yet been realised, but it goes far beyond. Joint Actions comprise also building networks, offering mutual learning, striving for harmonisation, aligning policies, building capacities, strengthening civil society and voluntary service, and more. Such actions can be realised with little resources, but they might have a large impact. The common aim of every action is to mutually benefit and generate concrete improvements in the Danube Region. EUSDR-ACTION-PLAN-SWD202059-final

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Attn.: The Parliament of the Republic of Moldova
Commission for Legal Matters, Appointments, and Immunities

30 April 2020

PUBLIC CALL
for ensuring transparency and inclusiveness in the process of adoption of the draft law on nonprofit
organizations

Civil society organizations welcome Parliament’s intention to resume the consultation on the draft law on nonprofit organizations and to refine it and call on the legislator to pass the draft law, to ensure a genuine transparency in decision-making, and to involve all relevant civil society organizations in the consultation process prior to finalizing the draft. EN-04-30-Demers-public-Legea-ONC

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