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A Community of Democracies Network PDF Print E-mail

08.08.2010

The European Institute for Democracy (EID) and Atlantic Council of the United States (ACUS) with support of National Endowment for Democracy (NED) organized a symposium in conjunction with the CoD, which convened young diplomats and youth activists to share "lessons learned," based on their experiences supporting the growth of democracy around the world.

The Community of Democracies, a global intergovernmental coalition of democratic countries, held a high-level meeting to mark its 10th anniversary on 2-4 July 2010 in Krakow, Poland.

An increasing number of governments, including those who are members of the Community of Democracies, recognize that supporting democracy around the world is in their national interest, and an important part of diplomatic practice. Diplomats play a key role, from observing developments affecting the growth of democracy to recommending policy options to support democratic trends. Activists advancing democratic practices in their home countries are often connected regionally and globally to other activists, and have significant experiences to bear on developing smart tactics to common challenges to democracy across countries.

By engaging the diplomatic community and civic leaders, YDD built on their collective knowledge to propose recommendations for how the diplomatic community can best support civil society and democratic trends around the world.

The "Young Diplomats for Democracy" (YDD) symposium had the following goals:

  • To create ties among a cadre of young diplomats and civic leaders, allowing them to share perspectives in promoting democracy through diplomacy and activism;
  • To engage YDD delegates with experts and top political leaders in a discussion about the importance of democracy and the steps the CoD might take in furtherance of that goal;
  • To explore the creation of an online community that could reinforce this network and provide a valuable resource center for discussing best practices.

The YDD delegates participated in a series of panels to address issues such as tactics for protecting human rights advocates, exploiting the power of technology and new media, and utilizing new voter education tools. YDD delegates focused on their past experiences and on developing future strategies that take this learning into account. Delegates also participated actively in the anniversary's High Level Democracy Meeting (HLDM). Afterwards, YDD will harness the connective potential of widely used technologies, including the ACUS and EID website and Facebook groups, to build this network as a powerful hub for learning in the service of democracy.

EID and ACUS are proven leaders in bringing together today's top policymakers and tomorrow's leaders for in-depth and open discussions. EID has proven experience for over a decade in the field of democracy promotion, working to expand civic engagement of women, youth organizations, independent journalists and other activists in Poland and abroad. Actively involved in work with political parties, Parliaments and local governments especially in Eurasia countries, EID is known as study trip, Seminars and Conference organizer providing platform for experience exchange and development of networks.

Among the Atlantic Council's flagship programs have been "Young Atlanticist" Summits at the Prague, Istanbul, and Bucharest NATO Summits.

At the pictures: YDD group with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

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At the pictures: YDD group with ex- President of Poland, Solidarity leader and Nobel Prize winner –Lech Walesa.

More about the event at : http://www.acus.org/event/young-diplomats-democracy-symposium

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DOROTA MITRUS, EID President-member of International Steering Committee of Community of Democracies PDF Print E-mail
07.06.2010

In December 2009, Dorota Mitrus, President of European Institute of Democracy (EID) was invited to the International Steering Committee of the Community of Democracies. Therefore, EID is actively involved in organizing the High Level Democracy Meeting to be held in Krakow on July 2-4, 2010.
The Meeting celebrating 10th Anniversary of establishment of Community of Democracies will be attended by European and American personalities , next to many Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the participating states with their delegations, as well as democratic leaders, activists and representatives of non-governmental organizations from all over the world.
For more information see:
http://community-democracies.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=154&Itemid=70&lang=en

 
Tragedy at the Smolensk airport PDF Print E-mail

 10.04.2010

We were deeply saddened to learn about death of Mr Lech Kaczyński, President of Poland, the First Lady, Parliamentarians and other members of the Polish delegation to Katyn.
It is our personal tragedy not only because we are Polish citizens but because, as representatives of a non-governmental organization we collaborated many times with the Chancellery of the President of Poland and the Parliament on projects supporting democracy in the world.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who departed, their families, friends and colleagues.
Sincere condolences.

Dorota Mitrus, President of European Institute for Democracy (EID) with the team

 

 
International Election Assessment Mission PDF Print E-mail

10.12.2009 

The European Institute for Democracy representative Marek Dominik Peda took part in National Democratic Institute's International Election Assessment Mission to Honduras where the General Elections were held.  The presidential, parliamentary and local elections took place on November 29th.

The main purpose of NDI's election mission was not to take a position on these larger political issues nor should its presence in Honduras be viewed as such. Rather, the mission was to provide an impartial assessment of the conduct of the electoral process. There were 15 experts representing many countries of the region and Europe, who observed the voting and the counting process in more than 80 polling station in the whole country. Soon after the election day and first preliminary results were announced by Honduran Supreme Electoral Tribunal , The Mission presented its Preliminary Report.

The report is available on National Democratic Institute's website.
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Joe Biden in Poland PDF Print E-mail

21.10.2009

During his visit in Poland, Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden not only met with the President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, the Prime Minister, Donald Tusk and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Radoslaw Sikorski but also with civil society leaders represented by eight non-governmental organizations. One of them was the European Institute for Democracy. The main subject of the 45 minute meeting held in the seat of the Warsaw Stock Exchange was cooperation of the USA and Poland to support Eastern European and Eurasia countries. 


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Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden with representatives of Polish NGOs. EID President Dorota Mitrus – first on the right

 

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