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Series of round tables will be taking place in Yerevan on 4-6 April

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, NEWS on 04/04/2011 at 10:07

Experience in peaceful co-existence after the armed conflicts in Northern Ireland and Cyprus and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict – series of round tables in Yerevan

Series of round tables will be taking place in Yerevan on 4-6 April to discuss existing experience in peaceful co-existence after armed conflicts in other parts of the world.  Prominent former and current political figures and experts that have been involved in the peacebuilding processes addressing the Northern-Ireland and Cyprus conflicts will be sharing their first-hand experience in these discussions. Among the international delegates that will be taking part in the round tables are:

Jonathan Powell –  Chief of Staff to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and a Chief Negotiator on Northern Ireland, representing the Office of the UK Prime Minister;

Sean Farren – a prominent Northern Irish politician and a Senior Negotiator in the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)’s negotiating team during the 1996-98 talks that led to the Belfast Peace Agreement;

Denis Haughey another prominent Northern Irish politician, senior member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)’s negotiating team in the peace talks on Northern Ireland and a member of the drafting team which wrote all of the SDLP documents that laid the basis for the Belfast Peace Agreement.

Clem McCartney – an international expert that has worked on conflict and peacebuilding issues since mid-1980s with particular focus on how to create the conditions for negotiations, dialogue processes and the problems of implementing peace agreements during the post-settlement phase.

Takis Hadjidemetriou – a prominent political figure in Cyprus known for his support of the UN peace plan for Cyprus.  Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus.

Kutlay Erk –  a prominent figure in the political and social life of Cyprus and a Special Envoy of the former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat until April 2010;

Emine Colak – a human rights lawyer working for a better understanding of the human rights issues needing to be resolved for a settlement to the Cyprus problem;

Dr. Meltem Samani – a Board Member of the  Association for Historical Dialogue and Research in Cyprus, researcher in the area of cultural and political history of Cyprus, a teacher trainer and a peace activist in Cyprus.

During the series of round tables, international and Armenian experts will discuss the factors that have contributed to the breakthroughs in peace processes; the main challenges on the way to reaching an agreement and ways to address them; the role of civil society initiatives and the media in peacebuilding and other questions.

The events are organised by the peacebuilding organisation International Alert, together with the Caucasus Institute in Yerevan. The initiative is funded by the European Union.

For further information contact: D. Roussanova,, +447759585451 (mob)

AGENDA for 6th of April

11.00 – 14.00 Meeting with young activists and students  

Audience: students of CI, Yerevan State and other universities, young civil society activists (30 people)

Format: open event

Venue: Caucasus Institute

Main questions to be addressed:

What are the similarities and the differences between the Cyprus conflict and the Northern Ireland conflict?

The theory and practice of conflict resolution: is each ethno-political conflict unique?

Generation change in the societies of the conflicting parties and reassessment of values and goals: are these significant factors for peace?

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch 


Announcement: Training on Youth Unemployment

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, NEWS on 20/01/2011 at 12:35


Dear friends,

AEGEE-Yerevan is happy to announce that training on youth unemployment and employment issues will be held at the Picasso hall of the Congress hotel on the 28th of January. During the training CV & Motivation Letter techniques will be introduced. Participants will get basic knowledge how to pass successful interview with employers and will be informed about the different career, educational and voluntarism opportunities.

The event will be attended by representatives from Career Orientation Center , German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), Erasmus Mundus Programme and other organizations are invited to attend the day-long training.

Within the framework of “Youth Unemployment” project similar activities are organized in Sofia, Tirana, Gdansk, Istanbul, YEREVAN, Moscow, Barcelona, Lublin, Tbilisi, Skopje, Riga, and Izmir.

If you are interested you need to send your personal details along with motivation letter to The agenda of the training and other details will be send only to selected participants.


The deadline for sending application is January 25.

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AEGEE (Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe / European Students’ Forum) is a student organisation that promotes co-operation, communication and integration amongst young people in Europe . As a non-governmental, politically independent and non-profit organization AEGEE is open to students and young professionals from all faculties and disciplines – today it counts 15.000 members, active in more than 240 university cities in 43 European countries, making it the biggest interdisciplinary student association in Europe . AEGEE was founded in 1985 in Paris , puts the idea of a unified Europe into practice. From 2010 on the AEGEE-Yerevan has obtained the right to officially operate in Yerevan . The main goal of AEGEE-Yerevan is to promote the communication between citizens of Armenia and Europe and boost the cooperation between the students in order to build a tolerant and open society.

For more information please contact Gayane Grigoryan, the coordinator of the project by writing an e-mail to or by calling to (093) 95 35 70.


Attached you can find an announcement in Armenian as well as agenda of the training in English.



Grigor Yeritsyan
Events Coordinator of AEGEE-Yerevan

AEGEE-Yerevan/European Students’ Forum
AEGEE-Երևան/ Եվրոպական Ուսանողական Ֆորում
128 Nalbandyan street, ASUE building, Yerevan , Armenia

Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, NEWS on 18/01/2011 at 18:32

For Young Executives in the public sector from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine

September 11 – October 7, 2011

Management and Communication in Society, Administration and Politics

The Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance invites you to gain further qualification in seminars, actively participate in discussions and project workshops, establish contacts in Germany and Central and Eastern European countries and contribute to the development of Good Governance and administrative reforms.

The Goerdeler-Kolleg will focus on the following:
Acting responsibly: The participants are trained in the fields of administrative reforms and modernization as well as Good Governance.
Looking behind the scenes: The participants get to know examples of management and communication in Germany and the EU. They are able to gain exclusive insights into the political life and establish contacts.
Create sustainably: The participants develop their own project with reference to their home institution. During the seminar, the project is developed and then put into practice thereafter. The participants present their project results at the beginning of the next Goerdeler-Kolleg in Berlin in 2012.

Günter Verheugen, former vice president of the European Commission, accompanies the participants as director of the Goerdeler-Kolleg.

The Goerdeler-Kolleg is conducted as a joint project with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and the Representation of the European Commission in Germany.

The working language is German. If necessary, the participants are able to take part in a German language refresher course that will take place in Germany from August 29 to September 10, 2011.

You can apply if you have:

  • Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Georgian, Moldovan, Turkish or Ukrainian citizenship,
  • the center of your life in this region,
  • a university degree with outstanding grades,
  • first professional experience in the public sector and support from your employer,
  • a precise idea for a project and commitment to the issues of Good Governance, management and communication,
  • social responsibility and commitment, leadership qualities, and
  • very good knowledge of German and good knowledge of English.

Application deadline: February 28, 2011.

For more detailed information as well as application forms, please visit:

Call for Nominations. Young Leaders Programme 2011

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, NEWS, PROJECTS on 15/01/2011 at 21:28

The main Leadership Programme that the Institute holds every year, the Young Leaders Programme, has reached its 5th edition. The 2011 Young Leaders Programme will bring an increase in regional participation and create additional diversity and relevance for a growing Network of Aspen Fellows already covering 9 countries. Therefore we invite you to nominate individuals that you find suitable for the Programme.

What is it about?

The Young Leaders Program is designed with a clear two-fold goal: to promote and advance progressive leadership within Romanian and European society; and to create a regional network of leaders based on shared values and common interests.

The Programme is designed for people who have the potential, interest and determination to exercise leadership to the highest standards of civic and corporate responsibility and according to the ethical values on which Aspen is based. For this reason we offer a programme which challenges people to think about the fundamental concepts on which our society is founded. It also makes participants reflect to the challenges and conflicts that leaders must face in deciding polices and strategies for their organizations and their communities in today’s world.

Who can participate?

The Programme addresses young people between the ages of 25 and 35 having achieved significant professional positions and accomplished results within their area of activity. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership potential, a record of initiative and entrepreneurship and a proven civic interest. Candidates can come from: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Therefore, if you consider the program could add real value to young people with leadership qualities and initiatives within your environment, we would appreciate your nomination for one or more individuals you believe qualify. Also, we would like to ask you to spread the Young Leaders Program idea where you find it suitable, looking forward for other possible nominations from interesting professional or social backgrounds.


Nominations should be made by sending in English a letter of recommendation, a CV, the Letter of Intention completed by the Candidate and the Nomination Form to our Leadership Programmes Coordinator, Mr. Ciprian Stanescu at The deadline for submitting nominations is 10th February.


Programme Description

Nomination Form Young Leaders Programme

Letter of Intention Question

Call for Nominations

For more information you can vizit:


Grigor Yeritsyan



In ANNOUNCEMENTS, NEWS on 13/01/2011 at 13:13

Dear Friends,

Each year, Memefest singles out a text and/or image that serves as a focal point for a critical take on the current media and communication environment. In order to enable a creative approach based on interdisciplinary, practical and theoretical perspective, you are able to participate in different categories.

The friendly competition has three main divisions: Visual communication practice, Critical writing and Beyond. It is open to anyone who wants to participate. Any artist, activist, writer, designer, malcontent, educator or media manipulator can enter. There is no age restriction. The only limit is your creativity and imagination.

In order to get the best possible in-depth understanding of your work, we will categorize all submissions in two fields: Student/Academic and Non-academic.

You can register your works in one or more categories. However, a particular work can compete in one category only.

For more information, please visit:

Participation is free of charge!


In ANNOUNCEMENTS, MASS MEDIA, NEWS on 28/12/2010 at 10:06

Dear members, supporters & friends,

On behalf of Cooperation for Development Team I would like to wish everyone to have wonderful Holidays and a great New Year filled with many new discoveries and great moments!

2010 has been an important year for our Team, with a lot of challenges. Cooperation for Development implemented two Pan-Armenian projects and more than 300 young people were involved in our different activities.

Reflecting a little on this year’s achievements, we can trust, that the upcoming Year will be more successful and productive.

We follow our mission and confident that we can change youth into a more active, involved and considerate part of our society!

Once again, Merry Christmas to all of you! We wish you a lot of health, happiness and success for you and your families and friends.

Grigor Yeritsyan
Cooperation for Development Team

“CFD & Friends” Xmas Party

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, MASS MEDIA, NEWS on 26/12/2010 at 20:22
Dear Friends,

The Christmas is at the doorstep and the New Year on its way! So, what do you say we get together to have a fun yet productive “end of the 2010” and give a warm welcome to the year 2011! We have missed meeting you and sharing the inspiring and motivating atmosphere that spreads from your talented characters! 

So, on December 27, 19:00 we invite you to “CfD and Friends” New Years Eve Party at Bridge Club.

Let the New Year bring you great joy and success! 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Cooperation for Development NGO

Closing Ceremony: Promotion of Volunteerism and Peer Education

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, MASS MEDIA, NEWS on 23/12/2010 at 13:33

Dear Friends,

The closing ceremony of “Promotion of Volunteerism and Peer Education” project will be held at the Picasso hole of the Congress hotel on the 27th of December, from 16:00-18:00 p.m, during which the participants will be awarded with Certificates. The executive director of US Alumni Association of Armenia, Representatives of US Embassy, as well as partner organizations are also invited.


“Promotion of Volunteerism and Peer Education” project was organized by World Independent Youth Union NGO and Cooperation for Development NGO, under the support of US Alumni Association of Armenia (USAAA) and the US Embassy in Armenia.


In ARTICLES, NEWS on 11/12/2010 at 13:38

Head of the EU Delegation in Armenia Raul de Lutzenberger was invited to Yerevan State University European Studies Center to deliver a lecture.

The lecture was attended by master students in European Studies (European Studies Centre) and their colleagues from International Relations and Law faculties.

During his lecture Raul de Lutzenberger presented the main directions of internal and foreign policy of the on human rights protection and discrimination, used tools and projects.

Raul de Lutzenberger presented the main formats of the partnership, in the frame of which Armenia cooperates with the EU. Not very often you get informed by the mass media that the EU discusses human rights issues with the RA government, but I assure you that these discussions are carried out constantly, – said our guest.

The Ambassador noted that he frequently hears complaints that the EU activities in Armenia in the field of human rights are not visible. The ambassador said: I accept, but I have to mention that very often the invisible activities are much more effective than the transparent ones.

After the lecture the students were provided with the opportunity to ask the ambassador questions on various issues.

Grigor Yeritsyan



International Day of Disabled People

On December 3rd, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. within the framework of “Promotion of Volunteerism and Peer Education” project World Independent Youth Union and Cooperation for Development with the support of the Embassy of the United States in Armenia and the US Armenian Alumni Association are holding an event to celebrate International Day of Disabled People at the Republican Pediatric Rehabilitation Center.

See press release here: Press Release_eng

Celebrities Silva Hakobyan, “Arevik” children’s choir as well as clowns and cartoon heroes will perform and greet the children. Guests from the US Embassy in Yerevan and the Head of the USAAA, Khachik Gevorgyan will also take part in the event.


Echmiadzni Hin Highway, 109 Building

For more information please contact Siranush Yarmaloyan, coordinator of the “Promotion of Volunteerism and Peer Education” project։ (055) 24 44 78