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New business opportunities for EU SMEs in India through EC matchmaking programme

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 settembre 2018

The next matchmaking event for SMEs and clusters organised by the EC-funded “Business Beyond Borders” (BBB) initiative will take place at Renewable Energy India (REI) (17-21 September, Greater Noida).The event will mark the first time that BBB hosts its brokerage sessions in the South Asia region, and it will focus on companies operating in the renewable energy sector.Welcoming the upcoming BBB event, Henriette Faergemann Bredsten, Environment, Energy & Climate Change Counsellor of the Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan, stated: “India is the fastest growing economy in the world and its energy sector will have to cater for fast-paced economic development. It is a priority market in EU business and trade relations, and particularly in the field of clean energy. The European Commission-funded “Business Beyond Borders” matchmaking and technical sessions at REI are a unique opportunity for renewable energy companies on both sides to explore and enter new markets; and a great support for the climate and environmental commitments set out in the EU-India Strategic Partnership.” Likewise Poul V. Jensen, Director of the European Business and Technology Centre, highlighted the importance of the BBB event at REI for expanding companies: “As the primary cleantech innovation gateway for European business and research in India, the EBTC is delighted to be the local partner for the Business Beyond Borders event at REI. We are sure this matchmaking opportunity will excite companies and clusters in the energy and environmental sector, and will be extremely valuable by creating strong business ties between the EU and India.” The BBB event at Renewable Energy India will include the presence of the EU Delegation to India and Bhutan, and will be organised in collaboration with UBM India, the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC). More than 200 European and international SMEs and clusters are expected to participate in the BBB matchmaking sessions, as well as the technical workshops included the initiative package.“Business Beyond Borders” helps businesses, especially SMEs and clusters, to trade across borders and explore third markets. It has held six successful international events (in Madrid, Cape Town, Paris, Milan, Cannes, Santiago, Sydney and Tehran) where over 250 new business partnerships have been agreed.www.businessbeyonborders.info.

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“Fellowships Programme for Technical Cooperation Capacity Building and Human Resources Development”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 giugno 2018

Roma 7 giugno (dalle 14 alle 16) SIOI-UNA ITALY Piazza di San Marco, 51 seminario informativo sul: “Fellowships Programme for Technical Cooperation Capacity Building and Human Resources Development,” che si svolgerà alla SIOI, il prossimo 7 giugno (dalle 14 alle 16).Il Fellowships Programme è un’iniziativa finanziata dal Governo Italiano attraverso la Direzione Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo del Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale e l’Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo e curata dal Dipartimento degli Affari Economici e Sociali delle Nazioni Unite (UN/DESA) ed ha l’obiettivo di offrire la la possibilità di svolgere un percorso di formazione professionale presso uffici delle Organizzazioni internazionali in Paesi in via di sviluppo o presso sedi estere dell’Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo.

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Get ready for the European Maritime Day 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 maggio 2018

31 May & 1 June, Burgas, Bulgaria. With the conference programme for this year’s European Maritime Day shaping up, get ready for what will surely be another great opportunity to gain new insights into maritime affairs and blue growth and related EU policies and funding opportunities.
The EMD 2018 conference programmeSearch for available translations of the preceding link includes:18 stakeholders workshops covering a wide range of topical themes: Aquaculture and the blue bio-economy, on marine litter, digitalization and big data, marine research, innovation, ports, maritime security, spatial planning, offshore energy and ocean literacy.
A political opening, with Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and Iskra Mihaylova, Chair of the Regional Development Committee at the European Parliament. Karmenu Vella together with Ivaylo Moskovski, Bulgarian Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications will welcome a number of fellow Ministers around the Black Sea to share their vision for the development of the Blue economy in the region (Ministerial Declaration towards a Common Maritime Agenda in the Black Sea).
A plenary debate on what we termed ‘Big Bang Black Sea’ with leaders from the European Union, national governments, international organizations and NGOs to discuss challenges and opportunities for sustainable blue growth in the Black Sea. Three DG MARE info sessions on Measuring the EU Blue Economy, Turning Marine Litter into a sustainable business, and Financing strategic cooperation for Blue Growth. A plenary session on European funds post 2020 – what’s new? that will provide an indication on the expected future funding landscape for fisheries and blue growth as well as for maritime research and innovation. A networking reception in a splendid location looking out to the harbour, an exhibition and a pitch stage during the networking breaks.

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Evotec and Bayer Advance Third Endometriosis Programme into Phase I Clinical Development

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809) announced today that its multi-target alliance with Bayer has advanced another promising small molecule into Phase I for the treatment of endometriosis, a painful, debilitating reproductive condition that affects approximately 176 million women worldwide. This milestone was achieved under the highly successful strategic alliance Evotec and Bayer entered in October 2012. The goal of this collaboration is to discover three clinical candidates within the five-year alliance. Both parties contribute innovative drug targets and high-quality technology infrastructures and share the responsibility for early research and pre-clinical characterisation of potential clinical candidates in the disease area of endometriosis. Since the beginning of the collaboration, six first-in-class/best-in-class non-hormonal pre-clinical candidates have been generated, three of which have now advanced into clinical trials.Dr Mario Polywka, Chief Operating Officer of Evotec, commented: “Since we began collaborating with Bayer in 2012, the joint teams have combined cutting-edge science, significant drug discovery expertise, and a shared commitment to bring new therapeutic options to the millions of women suffering from endometriosis. Today, we have delivered on our very high expectations with the advancement of our third novel drug candidate into Phase I studies to treat this high unmet medical need. Bayer is a great partner and we look forward to further advancing our endometriosis pipeline.”

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World Food Programme (WFP) Italia

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 marzo 2018

La quarta edizione di Seeds&Chips – The Global Food Innovation Summit (7-10 Maggio 2018, MiCo Milano Congressi) sarà patrocinata dal World Food Programme (WFP) Italia. Il WFP è la più grande organizzazione umanitaria impegnata a combattere la fame, che ancora oggi affligge 815 milioni di persone nel mondo. Seeds&Chips, che annualmente riunisce a Milano i grandi protagonisti del settore accademico, della politica e delle istituzioni internazionali intorno ai temi dell’innovazione agroalimentare, sosterrà con parte del ricavato dei biglietti venduti, le operazioni di emergenza alimentare del WFP in risposta alla grave malnutrizione in Nigeria.Marco Gualtieri, Presidente e fondatore di Seeds&Chips ha commentato: “Anche quest’anno abbiamo aderito con grande entusiasmo alle iniziative del WFP e siamo felici di poter contribuire ad aiutare le popolazioni della Nigeria. Il Summit unisce da sempre cibo, sostenibilità e innovazione attraverso la compartecipazione di startup, aziende, opinion leader e media mondiali, per affrontare il grande tema del food e delle nuove soluzioni che lo sviluppo tecnologico può offrire, non solo per i Paesi economicamente più evoluti, ma soprattutto per le popolazioni che vivono una condizione di povertà e scarsità di risorse”.Oltre a supportare le operazioni di assistenza alimentare del WFP, Seeds&Chips sarà promotore di ShareTheMeal, la app realizzata dal WFP che permette di sfamare un bambino con un semplice tocco sul cellulare: bastano solo 40 centesimi di euro per donare cibo per un giorno.“Dal suo lancio due anni fa, ha dichiarato Massimiliano Costa, direttore di ShareTheMeal, più di un milione di persone hanno scaricato la app e hanno condiviso oltre 21 milioni di pasti con migliaia di bambini affamati, per sostenere il WFP nelle emergenze alimentari più critiche. Nel mondo ci sono 20 volte più smartphones che bambini affamati: tramite ShareTheMeal, possiamo sconfiggere la fame, il rischio numero uno alla salute nel mondo. Per questo ringrazio il WFP Italia e Seeds&Chips perché hanno dato la possibilità a tutti i partecipanti al Summit di sostenere con ShareTheMeal le operazioni del WFP nel Nord-Est della Nigeria, dove ShareTheMeal ha come obiettivo di provvedere cibo salva-vita per 100 giorni ai bambini malnutriti.”
“L’innovazione ha un ruolo cruciale nella lotta contro la fame, non solo per il World Food Programme ma anche per chiunque lavori per migliorare la condizione di vita di coloro che ne hanno più bisogno” ha affermato Robert Opp, Direttore della Divisione Innovation and Change Management del WFP. “Le nuove tecnologie di cui oggi disponiamo rappresentano un’importante opportunità. Abbiamo bisogno di valutare quali di questi approcci funzionino più efficacemente, per declinarli nelle migliori innovazioni”. Robert Opp sottolinea anche l’importanza di iniziative come quella di Seeds&Chips, che rappresenta un momento strategico per approfondire reciproci punti di vista e per stringere nuove partnership per un mondo a Fame Zero.“Le nuove tecnologie e l’innovazione applicata allo sviluppo sostenibile rappresentano una straordinaria opportunità per il WFP”, ha affermato Vincenzo Sanasi d’Arpe, Presidente del WFP Italia. “In alcune delle aree più remote, l’utilizzo delle tecnologie innovative ha permesso di trovare soluzioni più efficaci ed inedite per fornire assistenza alimentare ai più fragili. Siamo orgogliosi – ha proseguito il Presidente Sanasi – di dare anche quest’anno il nostro patrocinio a Seeds&Chips, che ringraziamo per il supporto alle operazioni umanitarie del WFP nel Nord-Est della Nigeria. Insieme a Seeds&Chips, invitiamo tutti a sostenere il WFP scaricando la prima app contro la fame del mondo, ShareTheMeal”.Il WFP ricorda che negli Stati di Borno, Yobe e Adamawa, nel Nord-Est della Nigeria, la violenza di Boko Haram sta pregiudicando le vite e i mezzi di sussistenza di milioni di persone. 2,6 milioni di persone soffrono la fame e 450.000 bambini sono gravemente malnutriti. La violenza e l’insicurezza stanno causando esodi di massa: 1,62 milioni di persone vivono in campi ospitati da comunità nel Paese stesso e decine di migliaia stanno cercando rifugio nei paesi confinanti, come Camerun, Ciad e Niger. Molti fra coloro che avevano lasciato il paese ora stanno tornando e hanno bisogno di cibo e di un tetto.

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Asia Pulp & Paper (APP): cresce ulteriormente in Indonesia il portfolio di prodotti certificati PEFC

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 giugno 2015

giacartaGiacarta. Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) sarà in grado di offrire ai clienti, entro la fine del 2015, una gamma accresciuta di prodotti certificati PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification), in tutti i suoi mercati globali, grazie alla certificazione ottenuta da IFCC (Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation) che accredita in PEFC 300.000 ettari di piantagioni dei fornitori di APP.
I 306.400 ettari di piantagioni certificate IFCC-PEFC sono gestiti da due fornitori di APP nella provincia di Riau, indonesia; PT, Arara Abadi e PT. Satria Perkasa Agung, rispettivamente. Inoltre, più di 1 milione di ettari di piantagione stanno per terminare l’iter di accreditamento per la certificazione IFCC-PEFC, prevista a breve. APP, dunque, prosegue a ritmo serrato il proprio percorso di Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020, con l’obiettivo di avere il 100% di fornitori di legname con certificazione di sostenibilità per le aree forestali entro il 2020, obiettivo che potrebbe raggiungere in netto anticipo sui tempi.“I consumatori sono sempre più esigenti rispetto alla certificazione e alla sostenibilità dei prodotti. APP abbraccia tutti i programmi di certificazione credibili e autorevoli ed è membro e sostenitore di PEFC. Abbiamo lavorato duramente allo sviluppo di una certificazione nazionale Indonesiana di sostenibilità per le aree forestali, e ci siamo assicurati che si allineasse agli standard globalmente riconosciuti perché riteniamo che per i nostri clienti sia molto importante la garanzia di una gestione sostenibile delle aree forestali. Grazie al nostro lavoro a supporto dello sviluppo del programma di certificazione indonesiana IFCC per il suo riconoscimento da parte di PEFC e il duro lavoro svolto dai nostri fornitori per rispettare gli standard internazionali di IFCC, possiamo dire di aver raggiunto questo scopo”.“Questo è ormai il terzo anno di attuazione del nostro impegno nella deforestazione zero. Insieme a questo impegno abbiamo operato per la certificazione PEFC che permette a chi acquista da APP non solo di essere certi dell’alta qualità dei suoi prodotti ma anche della loro tracciabilità e del loro supporto ad una gestione sostenibile della aree forestali in tutta l’Indonesia” ha commentato Aida Greenbury, managing Director Sostenibilità di APP.Il programma di certificazione IFCC è stato approvato formalmente da PEFC nell’ultimo trimestre 2014. Conseguentemente, i fornitori di legname di APP certificati IFCC-PEFC hanno provveduto all’istituzione di una nuova fonte locale di materiale certificato PEFC, mentre precedentemente tutti i materiali PEFC utilizzati da APP venivano importati.Il Segretario Generale di PEFC International, Ben Gunneberg ha dichiarato: “PEFC è lieto delle prime certificazioni generate dallo standard di gestione forestale IFCC indonesiano. L’Indonesia sta avanzando nel suo impegno verso i consumatori di tutto il mondo per una gestione sostenibile delle foreste”.Dradjad H Wibowo, Presidente di IFCC, ha aggiunto: “Questa è la realizzazione di tanto duro lavoro e di un’ambizione tenacemente perseguita. Ossia assicurare alle foreste dell’Indonesia una certificazione autorevole e riconosciuta internazionalmente. Il nostro è un obiettivo duplice, stimolare l’economia indonesiana assistendo le realtà industriali del legname presenti nel territorio, compresi i piccoli arboricoltori, proteggendo nel contempo una delle più importanti risorse del paese, le nostre foreste naturali, e ottenere la certificazione PEFC è una garanzia di prodotti approvvigionati responsabilmente”.

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UN World food programme responds to urgent needs of displaced people in Iraq

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 giugno 2014

Onu palaceERBIL, IRAQ ­ The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching an initial emergency operation to provide food assistance to 42,000 of the most vulnerable people displaced by conflict this week in Iraq. WFP has deployed emergency and logistics staff to Erbil in the Kurdistan region to determine further food needs on the ground following the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people from Mosul to Erbil and neighbouring areas over the past two days. In its initial response, WFP will deliver approximately 550 metric tons of food a month support the operation, at a cost of $1.5 million. An airlift of emergency food and other supplies is planned from the WFP-run UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Dubai and another flight with non-food assistance is planned from Brindisi, in Italy. The crisis in Iraq is escalating quickly. In some areas on the borders between Iraq and Kurdistan where newly displaced people are arriving, there are reports of unavailability of food in the shops. Meeting the food needs of the most vulnerable groups is a crucial step for WFP¹s mission in the country, said WFP Representative and Country Director in Iraq, Jane Pearce. WFP will be sending its food assistance into Iraq through Turkey to families displaced by the Mosul conflict. Along with the newly displaced, WFP is already assisting about 240,000 people displaced by conflict in Iraq¹s al-Anbar region, as well as more than 100,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria, who are sheltering in Iraq.WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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Charity leaders should use shock tactics that push their organisation outside of its comfort zone

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 5 giugno 2014

cancerProviding organisations with energy and pushing teams outside of their comfort zones are two key roles for charity sector leaders, delegates to a Resource Alliance breakfast briefing entitled ‘From battling cancer to conquering the catwalk, what does real leadership look like?’ heard yesterday morning. David Milton, Worldwide Cancer Research’s Head of Fundraising, said: “From an internal point of view it’s almost like using shock tactics. It’s about getting the organisation moving and getting staff and trustees to believe in their own potential. This is the role of a leader. However, he caveated his comments by adding that the only way to do this is for the leader to acknowledge their weaknesses as well as their strengths. Using an example from his own organisation where he persuaded a board comprising individuals 40 years his senior to launch the Smarty Pants fundraising appeal, Milton said: “We set up steering group of venture capitalists, business psychologists, and corporate event marketing directors to provide advice and expertise. This way it wasn’t just my voice but others too. That was me acknowledging my limits. Leadership is knowing your place and applying energy where you can.”Also on the panel was Andrew Hind CB, Editor of Charity Finance Magazine. He said: “We are all temporary custodians of the organisations we work for. We all have responsibility to hand over our organisations in a stronger position than they were when we found them.”He added: “Successful leadership is a mixture of the heart and the head. Just because someone can inspire and engage hearts doesn’t mean they can be lead in a sustainable way over the long term.”Justina Mutale, Founder & Chief Executive of Positive Runway and African Woman of the Year 2012, emphasised how emotional intelligence is key to successful leadership. She said: “As leaders we try and focus on some of key attributes of effective leadership: moral integrity, clear principles and morals and beliefs that guide decisions. A healthy leader is infectious and inspires others to work with them. They are willing to learn new things and to learn from others, and are aware of how others feel and to relate to them.”Geraldine Kilbride, a business psychologist and Programme Director of the Resource Alliance’s Future Leaders Programme, said “good leadership is a rare commodity”. She said: “Fifty per cent of people who aspire to be leaders fail, either because they fail to meet their KPIs or because they fail to inspire others. Why is this? We attribute leadership qualities to individuals which very often match our own patterning, but also the bright side of personalities, the socially confident and competent people interview very well. Unfortunately, often what happens is that you hire the bright sunny person and then Frankenstein appears and the organisation suffers.”

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Notre Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 maggio 2014

european voteThe recent reform of the European economic governance has helped to foster the perception that Europe is impinging on the sphere of national sovereignty. It is certainly true that member states have established a framework of common action at the European level in an effort to ensure the stability of the common monetary area in which a supranational monetary policy exists side by side with budgetary and economic policies based on the nation state. Yet apart from the countries benefiting from an aid programme, the countries in the euro area remain free to pursue their own national preferences. This Policy paper sets out to clarify the powers held by the European institutions in connection with the conduct of national fiscal, economic and social policies. It presents four points:
1. The new status of “countries benefiting from aid programmes” fuels the image of a Europe governing its member states, yet such a situation is limited in both time and space;
2. The fiscal discipline required of member states translates into an obligation to achieve a result (avoiding public deficits) but it does not impose obligations on member states concerning the means by which that result is achieved;
3. The new macro-economic surveillance procedure does not allow the European institutions to dictate their economic and social choices to member states;
4. The coordination of member states’ economic and social policies rests on political incentive, and recommending is not the same things as ordering.
La récente réforme de la gouvernance économique européenne a contribué à renforcer la perception que l’Europe restreint le champ des souverainetés nationales. Il est certes vrai que les États membres ont établi au niveau européen un cadre d’action commun, visant à garantir la stabilité de la zone monétaire commune, où coexistent une politique monétaire supranationale et des politiques budgétaires et économiques reposant sur l’État nation. Néanmoins, à l’exception des « pays sous-programme », les pays de la zone euro restent libres de leurs préférences nationales. Ce Policy paper vise à clarifier les pouvoirs des institutions européennes dans la conduite des politiques budgétaire, économique et sociale nationales et est structuré autour de quatre points :
1. Le nouveau statut des « pays sous-programme » nourrit l’image d’une Europe qui gouverne ses États membres ; néanmoins cette situation est limitée géographiquement et temporairement ;
2. La discipline budgétaire requise aux États membres se traduit par une obligation de résultats – éviter les déficits publics – mais non de moyens ;
3. La nouvelle procédure de surveillance macroéconomique ne permet pas aux institutions européennes de dicter leurs choix économiques et sociaux aux États membres ;
4. La coordination des politiques économiques et sociales des États membres repose sur l’incitation politique ; et recommander n’est pas commander.

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Conferenza su traffic minori in Nigeria

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 aprile 2010

Roma 28 April 2010 9.00 Registration of participants SIOI, Piazza San Marco, 51“international cooperation in the fight against traficking of nigerian minors and young women to italy” Welcome remarks Ambassador Umberto La Rocca, President of the Italian Society for International Organization, SIOI Min. Plen. Mario Sammartino, Deputy Director Development Cooperation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cons. Simonetta Matone, Italian Ministry of Equal Opportunities H.E. Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Italy Ms. Dagmar Thomas, Resident Representative UNODC Office in Nigeria Ms. Angela Patrignani, Head Global Crimes Unit, UNICRI 10.00 Introduction and overview of the Programme Ms. Vittoria Luda di Cortemiglia, UNICRI Focal Point on Human Trafficking 10.10 Nigeria’s response to human trafficking by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Mr. Simon Chuzi Egede, NAPTIP Executive Secretary 10.30 International judicial cooperation in the fight against human trafficking Mr. Giusto Sciacchitano, Prosecutor of the Italian National Antimafia Bureau 10.45 Outcomes of the investigative information system used by the NAPTIP National Monitoring Center Mr. Muhammad Babandede, NAPTIP Director of Investigation and Monitoring Mr. Francesco Rosati, SetecoCM  11.30 Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Prevention through activities of women empowerment in the Edo State Mr. Josiah Oluchi Emerole, NAPTIP Focal Person for the programme Mr. Roland Nwoha, Edo State Coalition against Trafficking in Persons (ENCATIP) 12.00 UNICRI/NAPTIP joint reportage on trafficking in persons Ms. Dania Cossa, Journalist 12.30 Open discussion on good practices and ways ahead  14.30 Human trafficking preventive measures through awareness campaigns in the Edo State Ms. Jane Evbade Osagie, Representative of ENCATIP 14.45 Presentation of the research “Trafficking of Nigerian girls in Italy. The data, the stories, the social services” Prof. Francesco Carchedi, Scientific Director of PARSEC Association 15.00 Experiences and Lessons Learned from the Italian and International NGO Network for the assistance to human trafficking victims from Nigeria Ms. Rosanna Paradiso, President of Tampep Association Ms. Kalliopi Pagoni, Attorney-at-Law, Greece 15.45 Presentations on good practices from regional authorities in assisting trafficking victims Mr. Maurizio Braglia, Region Emilia-Romagna 16.00 Open discussion on the future of combating human trafficking 17.00 Closing remarks Ms. Angela Patrignani, UNICRI Head of the Global Crimes Unit

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Reinforcing the Europe-wide civil society

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 3 settembre 2009

Zadar, Croatia 19-20 October 2009, IMPACT Centre International conference entitled “Strengthening the triangle CSOs – National Governments – European Commission” taking place in Zadar, Croatia on the 19 and 20 October 2009 organised by European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), National Foundation for Civil Society Development (NFCSD) and the IMPACT European Centre fro Cross Sector Partnership. This conference is supported by European Commission DG Enlargements’ People to People programme.  This event is part of a process that launched a debate at EU and national levels about how to create sustainable partnership relations between civil society actors, EU and national authorities. Four international conferences were organised in the framework of this campaign: the Brussels conference, which was held in October 2007, the Ljubljana conference which took place in April 2008 and during which a crucial policy document in this process was adopted by the CSOs: the Ljubljana declaration, the Zadar conference in September 2008 and the Congress in Ljubljana which was held in April 2009.   This time we want to evaluate the progress made on establishing structures and the legal framework for the establishment of sustainable tripartite civil dialogue in the countries of the region, but also tackle issues which are determining CSO development in wider Europe:  The Impact of the financial crisis and the economic downturn on civil society organisations;  Institutional answers to financial and structural challenges facing CSO development and  EC programmes in the region focusing on CSO development, namely the programme “Capacity building of Civil Society in IPA countries”.   Besides taking advantage of this event for benchmarking progress made in each country in the region in terms of civil dialogue and sustainable development of the civil society sector, our aim is also to announce some new and important initiatives that will shape civil society environment in the region in 2010. Firstly, the experts that will be leading the EC programme “Capacity building of Civil Society in the IPA countries” will be coming to present the programme and the technical offices which they will be setting up by the end of the year. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about all aspects of a programme that will considerably affect the CSO scene in the Western Balkans by its magnitude and ambition. Secondly, the opening of the Regional CSO representation office will be officially announced to an international audience and the Head of Office will explain the mission of this office and its priorities for 2010. At first an initiative of the NFCSD, the idea of a representation office has quickly caught the interest of the CSO actors in the region who have agreed to back the office and help in setting it up. Thirdly, the ECAS’ Advocacy campaign for civil society in the Western Balkans is continuing in 2009 and 2010. The impact of the Ljubljana declaration has been significant and it is our intention to continue advocating for the establishment of sustainable tripartite civil dialogue and the development of CSOs in the region. Together with European Movement International and local partners we intend to organise a series of national events which will bring around the table representatives of CSOs, national governments and the European Commission to discuss strategies to establish a regular dialogue, transparent funding and inclusion of CSOs into policy-making in each national context. We will end this series of “national dialogues” with a closing event in Turkey at the end of 2010.

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Alan Phelan. Fragile Absolutes

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 luglio 2009

alanDublin until 1/11/2009Irish Museum of Modern Art – IMMA  Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham 8 curated by Seán Kissane  Alan Phelan: Fragile Absolutes presents 16 works inspired by the artist’s ongoing engagement with political history, cultural theory, popular culture, masculinity and modified cars. A new IMMA-commissioned sculpture, created to coincide with the exhibition, is located in the Museum’s Formal Gardens. The exhibition continues a strand of programming at the Museum showcasing emerging Irish and international artists, which has already included Shahzia Sikander, Ulla von Brandenburg, Orla Barry and Paul Morrison. The titles, subtitles and structure of the exhibition are derived from a project Phelan completed during his time on IMMA’s Artists’ Residency Programme in 2008. Taking the italicised words from the Slavoj Žižek book The Fragile Absolute – or, why is the Christian legacy worth fighting for? and using them as random word associations towards 15 ideas for works, now realised in a variety of materials and processes, from hand-carved marble, through to video and papier-mâche’ sculptures. Born in Dublin in 1968, Alan Phelan studied at Dublin City University and Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. The exhibition is curated by Seán Kissane, Curator: Exhibitions at IMMA. (image alan)

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The Discovery of Spain

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 luglio 2009

st francisEdinburgh until 11/10/2009 72 Belford Road Royal Scottish Academy Building A spectacular celebration of Spanish culture will bring some Mediterranean colour to Edinburgh this summer, as the National Gallery of Scotland unveils the highlight of its festival programme for 2009. The Discovery of Spain will explore the fascination for Spanish art and culture in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain, and examine the taste of Hispanophile collectors and artists. Outstanding examples of Spanish art, including works by Velázquez, El Greco, Murillo and Zurbarán, will form a dramatic centerpiece for the exhibition. Paintings by major British artists who were captivated by the experience of travelling through Spain will also dominate the show; these include important paintings by Sir David Wilkie, David Roberts, John Phillip, Arthur Melville and David Bomberg.
The Discovery of Spain can only be seen in Edinburgh, and will include over 130 paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and photographs, with important loans from the Royal Collection, the National Gallery, London, Tate, and other distinguished public and private collections across the UK.Spain is now a familiar and much-loved part of the British view of Europe, but in the eighteenth century it was relatively little known. The Discovery of Spain will explore the process by which this changed, and convey the excitement of the period from 1800 to the 1930s (the eras of Goya and Picasso), when the country’s architecture, customs, fashions and painting were gradually -discovered’ by artists and collectors, and created a sensation in Britain.  The Discovery of Spain has been organised by Christopher Baker, Deputy Director at the National Gallery of Scotland, and guest-curated by Dr David Howarth (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Paul Stirton (University of Glasgow). A team of specialists will contribute essays to the catalogue, which will make a major contribution to the study of Hispanic-British cultural relations: David Howarth, Paul Stirton, Nick Tromans, Hilary Macartney, Michael Jacobs and Claudia Heide. http://www.tastespain.info (Image: St Francis in Meditation)

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Gabrijel Stupica: Resistance

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 luglio 2009

resistanceSrebrenica until 11/7/2009 The Srebrenica Cultural Centre Srebrenickog odreda bb, The International Centre of Graphic Arts from Ljubljana, the Organising Committee for Commemorating 11 July 1995 on the 14th Anniversary of the Genocide against Bosniacs in the “UN Safe Area” of Srebrenica and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Bosnia and Hercegovina cordially invite you to attend the opening of the exhibition Gabrijel Stupica: Resistance, on Saturday, 4 July 2009, at 8 p.m., at the Srebrenica Cultural Centre.  The exhibition will be opened by Mrs. Majda Širca, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Andrej Grasselli , the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Bosnia and Hercegovina, and Mr. Osman Suljic, the Chairman of the Organising Committee and the Mayor of the Municipality of Srebrenica. The exhibition is part of the programme that commemorates 11 July 1995, on the 14th anniversary of the genocide against Bosniacs in the “UN safe area” of Srebrenica, and the burial of the identified victims. The exhibition will be on view through 11 July 2009. Gabrijel Stupica (1913 – 1990) was one of the giants of twentieth-century Slovene art. He helped to shape the country’s artistic identity both as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, where he taught several generations of artists, and through his artwork, which in the 1950s and 1960s displayed the Western-oriented style of figural existential intimism.
The exhibition focuses on a series of twelve previously unknown small-format gouaches made sometime around 1958. They were created as part of a proposal for decorating the halls of the People’s Assembly of the People’s Republic of Slovenia (today’s Parliament). In 1957, Gabrijel Stupica was one of a group of Slovenia’s finest artists who were asked to adorn the interior of the new building. He proposed a monumental triptych on the subject of resistance and oppression, illustrated by a central image of protesters that would be flanked by two pictures of market women. The committee rejected the proposal on the grounds that it did not show the reality of the age and that it was too modern. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue Gabrijel Stupica,The Resistance in Slovene and English. (resistance)

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Africa begins clinical trial

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 luglio 2009

A clinical trial is being launched in three African countries of a drug that could eliminate onchocerciasis, or river blindness, one of the leading infectious causes of blindness across Africa. The drug, moxidectin, is being investigated for its potential to kill or sterilize the adult worms of Onchocerca volvulus, which cause onchocerciasis. Onchocerciasis is also called river blindness because the blackfly which transmits the disease breeds in fast flowing rivers, and blindness is the most incapacitating symptom of the disease which also causes debilitating skin disease.   The development of moxidectin for onchocerciasis is being conducted through a collaboration of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, which is executed by the World Health Organization (WHO/TDR), and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. The work ranges from the development of a formulation for human use and initial studies in healthy volunteers, to clinical studies and community studies in Africa. WHO/TDR, working in partnership with African investigators and institutions, is building the capacity and managing the conduct of the clinical trials conducted in Africa. If the development is successful and results in a positive scientific opinion from the European Medicines Evaluation Agency, Wyeth, with the assistance of WHO, will request approval by national regulatory authorities in the countries where onchocerciasis is endemic.
In conducting this trial, TDR will be working with African investigators and institutions. Fifteen hundred people at 4 sites in Ghana, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo will be enrolled in the study. Preparation has been ongoing since 2007, and included building a clinical research centre in Lofa County, Liberia, and in Nord-Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Buildings not used since the war in Ituri, DRC, have been renovated. All centers have been provided with necessary equipment and the research teams trained on how to conduct the trial according to international standards.
About TDR The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is a global programme of scientific collaboration established in 1975, sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank and World Health Organization, and administered by WHO in Geneva, Switzerland. Its focus is on working with institutions in low and middle income countries on research into neglected diseases of the poor, with the goal of improving existing approaches and developing new ways to prevent, diagnose, treat and control these diseases. For more information, visit: http://www.who.int/tdr
About APOC  The African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) is a collaboration between governments, multilateral and bilateral agencies, foundations, non-governmental development organizations (NGDOs), affected communities, the scientific community and the private sector. The objective of the APOC Phase II and Phasing out Period (2008-2015) “is to establish, within a period of 12 to 15 years, effective, self-sustainable, community-directed treatment with ivermectin throughout the endemic areas within the geographic scope of the Programme, develop the evidence base and assist countries to determine when and where ivermectin treatment can be stopped, and, if possible, in selected and isolated foci, to eradicate the vector, by using environmentally safe methods. The World Bank is the fiscal agent and the World Health Organization (WHO) is the executing agency of APOC, providing administrative, technical and operational research support. For more information, visit: http://www.who.int/apoc

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