MINELRES: UNITED Conference 4-8 May, Italy

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E-NEWS: nomination form UNITED Conference 4-8 May, Italy 

UNITED E-NEWS 09/02/05: UNITED CONFERENCE INVITATION


Dear colleagues and friends,

please find below the information and nomination form for our next
UNITED Conference,


DISSOLVING BARRIERS - INTERCULTIURAL DIALOGUE IN EUROPE
4-8 MAY IN RIETI (ITALY)

Conference prepared by:
Associazione Rieti Immigrant - Provincia (Italy)
Unione Italiana Sport Per Tutti (Italy) & Football Against Racism Europe
(FARE)
Red Cross Finland (Finland)
Universal Embassy (Belgium)
World Uyghur Congress (Germany)
Youth Human Rights Movement (Russia)
UNITED for Intercultural Action

All information and the nomination form can also be found on our site
http://www.unitedagainstracism.org under 'upcoming conferences'.

If you are interested to nominate a representative, please return the
form (below) as soon as possible - at the latest 15 March.

Best wishes,
Geert Ates
UNITED


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UNITED - CONFERENCE INVITATION

DISSOLVING BARRIERS - INTERCULTIURAL DIALOGUE IN EUROPE
4-8 MAY IN RIETI (ITALY)

Refugees, detention centres, islamophobia, antisemitism, prejudice...
The enlargement of the European Union has brought new opportunities for
many, but it also creates new divisions and inequalities. The borders of
Fortress Europe have moved but the inhumane migration and asylum
policies are still tightening upS In the difficult international climate
stereotypes are reinforced and the fear of the "other" is a serious
problem in Europe today.

Islamophobia and antisemitism, among others, are clearly on the rise
across the continent. Cultural differences are often viewed as a threat
to social stability, although they can be a source of diversity to be
celebrated!

Can "the clash of civilizations" be avoided if we realize that
intercultural dialogue and mutual respect is the only way forward? Is
there any inherent tension between the secular-liberal order of "modern"
Europe and the more "traditional" model of society associated with
(Muslim) migrants?
There is a need for an open debate about these interconnected issues.
The next UNITED Conference will provide an informal forum for this
important discussion.

The debates will provoke reflection as well as give us an opportunity to
think about solutions: to plan common actions and campaigns. UNITED
invites nominations from representatives of non-governmental
organisations active in the field of anti-racism, minority rights and
intercultural dialogue.

The following issues have been selected for plenary sessions and
discussions during the Conference:
- Fortress Europe: current tendencies in EU asylum policy
- Islamophobia, antisemitism, war and peace
- Successful projects supporting refugees and migrants
- Anti-racist cooperation East-West

Participants will have an opportunity to exchange experiences and
discuss cooperation in thematic working groups on the following
subjects:
A - Refugees, migrants and Fortress Europe
B - Antifascist international networking
C - Multiple discrimination
D - Islamophobia & antisemitism: building a dialogue
E - Media, communication & project management for anti-racists

UNITED is the largest European anti-racist network of more than 560
organisations. Through its conferences anti-racist and human rights
activists from all parts of Europe meet and discuss effective ways of
combating racism and discrimination. At a recent UNITED conference held
in October 2004 in Oslo 92 delegates representing organisations from 38
countries planned common anti-racist strategies in the field of youth
culture and sports.

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CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

This onference is prepared by:
Associazione Rieti Immigrant - Provincia (Italy)
Unione Italiana Sport Per Tutti (Italy) & FARE
Red Cross Finland (Finland)
Universal Embassy (Belgium)
World Uyghur Congress (Germany)
Youth Human Rights Movement (Russia)
UNITED for Intercultural Action

WEDNESDAY 4 May

Until ca 17.30 Arrival of participants
20.00 'Breaking the Blocks' Informal opening reception

THURSDAY 5 May

9.30-11.00 Welcome
- What is UNITED?
- Presentation of Italian host organisation 'Associazione Rieti
Immigrant - Provincia'
- Programme / team / technicalities
- Personal introductions of participants

11.15-12.30 Discussion groups 'The danger of words' Definitions and
concepts most used in anti-racist and anti-fascist work

14.30-16.00 'Fortress Europe: Refugee issue at European level and in
Italy' Lecture and discussion; Plenary session

16.15-18.00 'Thematic working groups' Identification of the problems
A - Refugees, migrants and Fortress Europe
B - Antifascist international networking
C - Multiple discrimination
D - Islamophobia & antisemitism: building a dialogue
E - Media, communication & project management for anti-racists

20.30  Info Market with participation of local NGOs
21.30 Intercultural Snacks
22.00 optional: Political Cafe / Video Evening

FRIDAY 6 May

9.30-11.00 'Islamophobia, antisemitism, war and peace' Presentation and
debate; Plenary session

11.15-12.30 Continuation of the 'Thematic working groups' Sharing good
practices

14.30-16.00 'Successful project supporting migrants and refugees'
Project presentation and discussion; Plenary session

16.15-17.30  Continuation of the 'Thematic working groups' Developing
strategies

17.30-18.00 Optional activities:
- Video presentation 'Death on the Silk Road'
- Anti racist sport activity

18.30 City tour & Dinner in town: 'Getting to know the local culture'

22.00  Optional:
- Political Cafe 'Globalisation'
- Cinema Evening

SATURDAY 7 May

9.30-11.00
Continuation of the 'Thematic working groups' Developing strategies

11.15-12.15 Reports from the 'Thematic working groups' Plenary session

12:15-12:30 Introduction of the 'Action planning working groups' Plenary
session

14.30-14.45 'Long-term perspectives'  Short presentation of the UNITED
network campaigns; Plenary session

14.45-17.30 Action planning Working Groups
- Campaigning against fascism
- Campaigning against racism
- Campaigning in support of refugees
- Football against racism
- Long term campaigning

17.30-18.00 Open Forum Plenary session

20.30 Intercultural Evening & Farewell Party

SUNDAY 8 May

10.00-11.00 'Anti-racist cooperation East-West' Project presentation and
discussion

10.00-11.30 Reports from the action planning working groups Plenary
session

12.00-13.00 Evaluation of the conference Plenary session

13.00  Closure of the conference Plenary session

After 14.00  Departure of participants

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TECHNICAL INFO

Working methods
... plenary sessions, working groups, lectures, political cafes,
presentations, debates, intercultural 'games', information market,
cultural activities, open forum S
See the programme for further details.

Participants
The conference is planned for  70 participants (living in Europe) who
represent (inter)national anti-racist, anti-fascist, refugee, human
rights and minority rights organisations. Active grass-roots groups from
all over Europe are also invited. Participation is rotated from one
conference to another. Priority will be given to nominations from young
delegates (under 30) with a minority background. Preference is given to
those organisations that actively take part in UNITED campaigns.
Participants should act as multipliers, spreading the information to as
many people as possible. We will try to reach an equal balance of
female/male participants and a good geographical distribution. Each
organisation can nominate only one delegate.

Language
The conference language is English. All participants are expected to
have at least basic knowledge of English. But don't worry, English is
almost nobody's mother tongue. If you have difficulties in expressing
yourself, surely we can help each other.

Financial conditions: Participation fee - travel costs
The participation fee of the conference is:

100 Euro for participants from:
A, B, CH, CY, D, DK, E, F, FIN, GB, GR, I, IS, IRL, L, M, N, NL, P, S

60 Euro for participants from:
BG, BH, CZ, EE, H, HR, LV, LT, MK, PL, RO, SI, SK, TR, YU

30 Euro for participants from:
AL, ARM, AZ, BY, GE, KZ, KY, MD, RUS, UA, UZB

Full board and lodging and the complete program is included.

Organisations that paid their supporter fee to the UNITED Network will
receive a 50% reduction of this participation fee. (for explanations
about how to become a supporter see www.unitedagainstracism.org under
'joining the network')

UNITED can contribute to your travel costs up to a maximum of 250 Euro.
In special cases the amount can be raised to 400 Euro for people
travelling long-distance from Eastern Europe.
For distances under 800 km (one way) UNITED reimburses only bus and
train tickets. For distances over 800 km UNITED can contribute to flight
tickets (Cheap flights, youth fares if possible). If this creates
insurmountable problems for you, contact the secretariat before the
conference. Please look for the cheapest and most environmentally
friendly possibility to travel. You will be expected to attend the whole
meeting and to prove your travel expenses with an original invoice.

The cost of your visa can be reimbursed by UNITED.

UNITED conferences can only take place when participants make an effort
to contribute financially to their travel costs. We ask you to find out
if there are alternative possibilities of funding. Sometimes it is
possible to find small local grants (e.g. a travel grant from a
foundation, a university, an embassy or another sponsor). We would very
much appreciate your help.

Date and place
The conference will start on Wednesday 4 May 2005 and will end after
lunch on Sunday 8 May 2005. You will share a room with other people. If
you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer (on your own costs), we can
help you arrange your stay.

Further information
Please, note that sending the expression of interest form does not
guarantee your participation in the conference. Only those candidates
selected for participation (this will be known in April) will receive
further information e.g. visa invitation, explanation 'how to get
there', a final program, list of participants, etc. Feel free to contact
us (by email) after April 1 to get information about your nomination.
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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

UNITED conference:
DISSOLVING BARRIERS - INTERCULTIURAL DIALOGUE IN EUROPE
4-8 MAY IN RIETI (ITALY)

- Please fill in this form completely providing all data as requested.
If you invest more effort in the application it has more chance to be
successful!
- Each organisation can register only one representative (living in
Europe). Priority is given to participants under 30.
- Please send your form to UNITED by 15 March 2005, preferable by email
- Sending this form to UNITED does not guarantee that you will be
selected for the conference - we receive many nominations.
- Only those candidates selected for participation will be contacted via
e-mail  April 5, 2005.

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Name Organisation:
Organisation's address
street:
postal code:
city:
country:
Phone organisation:
Mobile phone organisation:
Fax organisation:
E-mail organisation:
Website organisation:

First name delegate:
Family name delegate:
Date of birth:
Male:               Female:
Private e-mail delegate:
E-mail address to send conference documents
Personal phone/mobile where you can be reached in emergencies
phone:
mobile phone:

Special needs (vegetarian, no pork, allergies, disabilities etc.):


Do you consider yourself to be part of a minority?
No:
Yes: (please, specify)

Motivation and aims for participating:


Please describe the work you are doing and the projects you have been
involved in:


Describe your skills (eg. leading a working group, reporting):


Indicate the field(s) of your activity:
put a cross before the relevant field(s)
[   ] - Anti-nationalism
[   ] - Anti-racism
[   ] - Anti-fascism
[   ] - Migrant / minority rights
[   ] - Refugee support
[   ] - Human rights
[   ] - Youth work
Other:


Which working group would you like to attend?
Indicate two priorities, put '1' and '2' before the relevant working
groups
[   ] - A - Refugees, migrants and Fortress Europe
[   ] - B - Antifascist international networking
[   ] - C - Multiple discrimination
[   ] - D - Islamophobia & antisemitism: building a dialogue
[   ] - E - Media, communication & project management for anti-racists
Please explain your choice and describe in which way you could
contribute to these working groups:


What will you do to share the experience of the conference after your
return in your organisation, community, country?


Would you need financial support from UNITED for your travel costs?
No:
Yes:
If yes, why?
How much? (Before answering this question please read 'contribution to
travel costs', page 5)

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For those who will need a visa:

Private address of the delegate
street:
postal code:
city:
country:

Place and country of birth:
Citizenship:
Number of passport:
Valid until:

Italian embassy where you will apply for visa:
Fax number Italian embassy:

Address to send original invitation letter
name:
street:
postal code:
city:
country:
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Please send this form as soon as possible by e-mail to:
info@unitedagainstracism.org

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migrants and refugees
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