Cross-Border Civil Society Dialogue 4.7.

Helsingin Rauhanasemalla keskustellaan lauantaina 4.7. eurooppalaisen kansalaisyhteiskunnan roolista ja kansalaisjärjestöjen yhteistyömahdollisuuksista mielenkiintoisten suomalaisten ja venäläisten puhujavieraidan kanssa 40 vuotta ETY-konferenssin jälkeen. Järjestäjinä STETE, LSV, Suomen PEN, Vikes ja Sadankomitea.

Cross-Border Civil Society Dialogue – 40 years since Helsinki Final Act

40 years ago, the CSCE – Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe – and the Helsinki Final Act meant an opening and a step forward in the normalisation of the relations between East and West after the Second World War, in the middle of Cold War Europe.

For NGO’s and civil society activists the inclusion of human rights to the agenda and negotiations signified an important step, leading to the establishment of Helsinki Committees in many European countries, and opening doors for further dialogue and cross-border co-operation between NGOs in East and West. We invite you to come and discuss with us the legacy of the Helsinki Final Act 1975 to NGO’s and social movements in Europe.

Today, the shadow of war is looming over Europe, and the relationship between the EU and Russia is not without complications. How can civil society actors foster co-operation in light of the narrowing space for their work, the financial crisis and the tightening legislation in Russia?

Seminar: Cross-Border Civil Society Dialogue
– 40 Years since Helsinki Final Act

Saturday  4.7.2015
13.00 – 18.00
Venue: Peace Station,
Address Veturitori 3, Helsinki

Speakers :

• ASTRID THORS (OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities)
• RAUNO MERISAARI (MFA Finland)
• YURI DŽIBLADZE (President, Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, Moscow)
• OLGA ZAKHAROVA (Director, Freedom Files, Moscow)
• ANNA SKVORTSOVA (Director, NGO Development Center, St.Petersburg)

Arranged by:

Peace Union of Finland in cooperation with the Finnish Committee for European Security STETE, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Finnish PEN, VIKES the Finnish Foundation for Media Communication and Development and Committee of 100.

Event on Rauhanliitto’s website.

Johanna Sillanpää