VI Baltic Sea NGO Forum

News author: Anna-Maria Norman
Source of news: FORUM SYD
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2006-10-04 10:38:40 / News read 2878 reading
For the 6th time the Baltic Sea NGO Forum will be organized. This Autumn it will take place in Stockholm arranged by Forum Syd. NEWW-Polska was invited to lead the anti-discrimination workshop.

Forum Syd has about 200 member organisations inSweden and cooperates with organisations and networks worldwide. Our common aim is global justice.

Programm of the Forum:

Thursday, October 5
1 – 6 pm Registration in Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden.
3 – 4 pm Coffee and sandwiches
4 – 4.30 pm Opening of the Forum
Welcome address: Ms Aase Fosshaug, Coordinator Baltic Sea NGO Forum 2006
Opening speeches:
Moderator: Dr Gabriele Kötschau, Director of the secretatiat of the Council of theBaltic Sea States
Ms Inger Björk, Secretary General, Forum Syd, the Swedish Focal Point of the NGO-Forum
Mr Christer Persson, Ambassador, Council of the Baltic Sea States, Chairman of theCommittee of Senior Officials
Ms Arja Alho, Chair of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference Standing Committee
Mr Per Unckel, Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers

4.30 – 5.30 pm Plenary Session
Politics and Business only? – Some Arguments for Cooperation between Citizens notonly States
Bengt Göransson, Chairman the Norden Association in Sweden (2000 - ), FormerSwedish Minister for Education and Cultural Affairs 1982-91, Chairman ofParliamentary Commission on Democracy 1997-2000
From Copenhagen to Stockholm – The NGO Forum Process, 2001-2006
Carsten Schymik, Department for Northern European Studies, Humboldt University,Germany
Darja Akhutina, Director, Norden Association in Russia, Russian Focal Point of theBaltic Sea NGO Forum

How can the Baltic Sea become a region for success?
Mr Jan Åman, Director of Färgfabriken and The Baltic Turntable project, SwedenPolish priorities in the CBSS Working Group on the Democratic Institutions - in thecontext of civil society issues
Mr Miroslaw Luczka, Chairman of the CBSS Working Group on Democratic Institu-tions, Director of the Department of United Nations and Global Problems Depart -ment in Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

5.30 – 6.10 pm Panel Discussion
The Baltic Sea region and the role of NGOs - is there a future dialogue betweenNGOs and governments in promoting civil society development?Moderator: Mr Larserik Häggman, Norden Association Finland
Panellists: Ms Rasma Pipike (Civic Alliance Latvia, Latvian Focal Point), Mr BengtGöransson, Mr Miroslaw Luczka, Ms Arja Alho, Mr Carsten Schymik

6.10 – 6.30 pm Break with refreshments

6.30 – 7.30 pm Introduction to the Forum Themes
Moderator: Mr Larserik Häggman
Civil Security, Ms Anna Markina, Tartu University, Estonia
Discrimination and Social Inclusion, Ms Anette Sjödin, The Swedish Federation forLesbian, Gay and Transgender Rights
Environment and Sustainability, Ms Maret Merisaar, Coalition Clean Baltic,Estonian Secretariat
NGO-legislation, Legal Security and Civil Society, Ms Elena Panfilova, Director,Transparency International, Russia

8.00 pm Dinner at the hotel restaurant
Cultural program

Friday, October 68.30 –5 pm Thematic Seminars organized by NGOs
During the Forum’s second day there will be a number of parallell Seminars and Work-shops in the morning and the afternoon.

The Forum Themes are:
1) Civil Security –trafficking, violence against women/children, criminality and drugsas a development obstacle
2) Discrimination and Social Inclusion
3) Environment and Sustainability
4) NGO-legislation, Legal Security and Civil Society

5.30 – 6.30 pm Plenary session
Nordic Council of Minister’s Nordic Support Program for Non-GovernmentalOrganizations in the Baltic Sea Region
Mr Vadim Thelin and Mr Per Larsson, Nordic Council of Ministers

7.00 pm Dinner at the Hotel Restaurant

Cultural Program with the ABF-choir SÅNÅRA (The Worker’s EducationalAssociation’s choir) Swedish folk songs and modern Swedish music

Saturday, October 7
8.30 – 9.15 am Introduction
Brief introduction to Principles and Organization Plan of the Baltic Sea NGONetwork, Ms Aase Fosshaug, Coordinator Baltic Sea NGO Forum 2006
The role of the Thematic Working Groups in the Baltic Sea NGO Network, MsAnna-Maria Norman, Assistant Coordinator Baltic Sea NGO Forum 2006
Baltic Sea NGO Forum 2007 in Latvia, Ms Rasma Pipike, Latvia

9.15 – 10.30 am Group discussions: Action Plans
Creation of an Action Plan per theme - future work of the Thematic Working
Groups between the annual Forums:
- Ways to organize the Thematic Working Group?
- Which are the most important issues in the theme? (based on the Friday’sdiscussions)
- Who’s doing what?
10.30 – 10.50 am Coffee/Tea Break
10.50 – 12.30 pm Group Discussions

Finalization of Action Plans
12.30 – 1.15 am Lunch at the Hotel Restaurant
1.15 – 3.00 pm FINAL PLENARY
Presentation of Action Plans by Lead-Agency representatives
3.00 pm Coffee/Tea

Theme: Discrimination and Social Inclusion
8.30 – 9.00 am Introduction to the theme Discrimination and Social Inclusion
Ms Soledad Pińero Misa
9.00 – 12.00 am Two Parallel Workshops
Workshop A: Alternative Reporting on Human Rights
Moderator: Ms Annika Åkerberg, the Swedish Disability Federation

Workshop B: Prejudices - an interactive anti-discrimination workshop
Moderator: Ms Zofia Lapniewska, Network of East-West Women, Poland

12.00 – 1.30 pm Lunch at the Hotel Restaurant
1.30 – 5 pm Two Parallel Workshops
Workshop C: Strategic Cooperation - advancing the achievements of NGOs
Ms Anette Sjödin, RFSL (The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual andTransgender Rights)
Mr Eduardas Platovas, Lithuanian Gay League, Lithuania
Ms Zofia Lapniewska, Network of East West Women, PolandWorkshop D: A democratic Understanding of Inclusion - the interplay betweendifferent grounds of discrimination
Mr Paul Lappalainen, Center Against Rasism, Sweden
Ms Annica Holmberg, Forum Syd, Sweden

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