MINELRES: CfA: UNITED Conference in Kiev (UA), 23-28 October 2009

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**Deadline for nominations 29 August 2009**

UNITED E-NEWS 17/08/09:
UNITED Conference in Kiev (UA), 23-28 October 2009
'UNITED We Build the Future!' 
Empowering Civil Society to Face New Challenges 
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Contents of this E-news:
- Call for nomination
- Description and aims
- Program (draft)
- Technical Info
- Expression of interest e-form

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Dear colleagues and friends,

Please find below the information and nomination form for our next
UNITED Conference,
'UNITED We Build the Future!'
Empowering Civil Society to Face New Challenges
23 -28 October 2009, in Kiev (UA)

Conference prepared by:
* No Border Project - Social Action Centre (UA)
* Youth Human Rights Movement (UA)
* Augustaschacht Memorial (D)
* Encounters - Association for Education and Culture (PL)
* Minority Rights Group International (UK)
* Youth Network Against Racism and Intolerance (RUS)
* UNITED for Intercultural Action

With the support of:
* European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe

All information and the e-nomination form can be found below and on our
website.

If your organisation is interested to nominate a representative, please
return the expression of interest form (below) as soon as possible
(deadline 29 August 2009), preferably by email to
kiev@unitedagainstracism.org 
- Please fill in the form below completely providing all data as
requested. If you invest more effort in the application it has more
chance to be successful!
- Each organisation can nominate only ONE representative (living in
Europe).
- Priority will be given to nominations from young delegates (under 30
years old) with a minority background
- Sending this form to UNITED does not guarantee that you will be
selected for the conference - we receive many nominations.
- Candidates will be will be informed about the result of their
selection via e-mail around mid September 2009.

Best wishes,
Geert Ates
UNITED

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UNITED CONFERENCE 23-28 October 2009 in Kiev (UA)
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

DESCRIPTION AND AIMS:

Nowadays the rhetoric and arguments of the far right are taking over
mainstream political discussions and it seems that the
anti-discrimination movement is firmly stuck in observer mode,
responding to that what is put on the table by the far right and
right-wing populists - but where are the progressive actions of civil
society?

- It is time for the anti-discrimination movement - in Europe and
worldwide - to rethink what are its aims & tasks and what are the tools
& possibilities in this very challenging struggle. 
- It is time to evaluate our work and take into consideration all our
good practices, but also our failures.
- It is time to discuss and rethink our working methods and strategies.

UNITED WE BUILD THE FUTURE!

Against this background UNITED organises its upcoming international
Network Conference - 'UNITED We Build the Future! Empowering Civil
society to Face New Challenges' - in Kiev (UA), 23-28 of October 2009.
The conference forms an exchange platform and professional working
environment to discuss the future of the European anti-discrimination
movement; to analyse new challenges; to share experience, know-how and
good practice; and to develop new strategies and working methods.

Therefore Ukraine - a so called 'new democracy', evolving from a
post-soviet country - provides the matching stage as hosting country of
this conference to discuss the future of NGO work, empowerment of civil
society and new challenges in the anti-discrimination field. 

Ukraine declared its independence in 1991 and since then the country is
trying to convert from a totalitarian communist regime into a
democratic, rule of law and human rights state. Carrying the burden of
the past USSR era with its legal, economical and state system, Ukraine
struggled the first ten years of independence to understand what it
needs to become a democratic and independent country in Europe.

The countries specific geo-political situation is another influencing
key factor, which can be seen as advantage or disadvantage on its way to
become a democratic and truly independent state. Bordering Russia and
Belarus on one side and the European Union on the other, Ukraine is torn
between European democratic values and eastern totalitarianism. This
very special geo-political position makes Ukraine a transit route for
asylum seekers and migrants on their way to enter the European Union.

After its independence declaration, a new written constitution and its
first democratic elected President and Parliament, Ukraine started its
progress towards democracy, economical development and general wellbeing
for its citizens. 

The first obstacles to take on this hard way were the inherited 'old
systems', and it took more than 10 years to change some of them, to sign
major international human rights treaties, to train new governmental
officials and to explain to ordinary people what is different now. This
was a long and tiring way, some parts of it were successful and some
failed dramatically. The most recent steps on the way to Ukraine's
democratisation led to the so-called 'Orange Revolution', which was
highlighted by a series of acts of civil disobedience, sit-ins, and
general strikes organised by the opposition movement. But right now,
after 18 years of independence and 5 years after the 'Orange
Revolution', there are still lots of problems in Ukraine. 
Among the many remaining major obstacles - namely gaps and
contraventions in legislation; failure of current political parties;
unstable economic situation; human rights violations etc. - there are
some that urge immediately action and not only reaction: rise of far
right parties and groups; lack of civil and human rights education;
popular xenophobic rhetoric and the jump of islamophobia among Ukrainian
citizens.

- The growing popularity of far right ideologies is shown by the recent
electoral victory of the radical right-wing political party 'Svoboda'
(Freedom) that won astonishing 34% of the votes in a local election
(Ternopil Oblast regional Council in the west of Ukraine). Strengthened
by this 'approval of the Ukrainian citizen' the party now aims for seats
in the Parliament in the upcoming general election in 2010.

- In the 1950s the entire population of Crimea Tatars were forcibly
deported from Ukraine (Crimea region) to Central Asia by Stalin's Soviet
government, in the 1990s Ukraine let them come back, but the government
did nothing to provide them basic support and rights. Up to now they
live in horrible conditions, fighting for basic rights, especially for
the possibility to preserve their culture and language and to practice
their religion.

- A lot of foreign students come to Ukraine to start there a study at
university. They have to pay a lot of money for their wish to receive a
higher education, but all they get is a hostile xenophobic environment
and good chances to become a victim of a violent racist attack. 

These are just three examples out of the many daily struggles in Ukraine
and they all stand 'just' for one specific societal problem in a
particular area. This UNITED conference is a chance to get to know more
about the specific struggles of civil society organisations and groups
in Ukraine and how this struggle is influenced from the EU and former
so-called 'East-bloc' countries. Moreover this conference will discuss
the past and the possible future ways of the European
anti-discrimination movement. There is no master plan in fighting
racism, fascism, nationalism and related intolerance - our key for
success is the skill to adapt to new challenges and our courage to set
an innovative course of action.

The conference will, through working groups, plenary sessions and
workshops, look at following specific issues: 
rise of right wing; revisionism and history interpretation; migration
flows and migrantophobia; institutional racism; utilisation of
propaganda and hate speech; human rights education; minorities and
community cohesion; new challenges and new alternatives; future of
international networking.

Using the capacity of the international UNITED Network, its diverse
supporters and experts in the anti-discrimination field across Europe,
the conference will apply the sharing of good practices and know-how to
develop innovative working tools and methods and build capacity for a
stronger and more effective civil society.

Through the working groups below, issues like the ones mentioned earlier
will be discussed. Your contribution will be valuable....

* Coming to Terms with the Past? Collective Memory: Perspectives and
Challenges
This working group analyse concepts of commemoration and what
implications it has for historical-political education.

* Open Europe? Present and Future of Migration
This working group will analyse migration flows, migration policies and
raise of migrantophobia in Europe.

* Hate Speech vs Freedom of Expression: the Role of Propaganda
What is the border between freedom of expression and hate speech?

* Teach It! Human Rights in Action
Developing antiracism educational strategies as a key to implement new
actions.

* Bring Us Together! Minorities in Europe
Community cohesion through minority rights.

* Move It! Civil Society Addressing New Challenges
How to identify new priorities, new messages, new forms for civil
society to address current challenges.


UNITED is the largest pan-European anti-racist network of more than 560
organisations. Through its conferences antiracist 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 June 2009 in Sheffield (UK) more than 75 delegates representing
organisations from 30 European countries analysed the current political
situation in the UK, how to fight the political right, the relationship
between propaganda and conflict, the role of subcultures in the
antiracism movement and how to develop new strategies to improve
cooperation and promote tolerance.
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PROGRAM (draft)

FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER
Arrival of participants - Until ca 17.30
16.00 - GET DOCUMENTED! - Registration of participants
20.00 - 'Breaking the Blocks', Informal opening reception

SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER
09.30-11.00
* Welcome
* What is the UNITED Network
* Presentation of the national host: 
No Border Project - Social Action Centre (UA)
* Program/team/technicalities
* Personal introductions of participants

11.15-12.30 'THE DANGER OF WORDS' 
Definitions and concepts most used in anti-racist / anti-discrimination
work
- Discussion groups -

14.30-16.00 KEY ISSUES AND RACISM IN THE Ukraine 
* Nationalism and Patriotism in the UA
* Minorities in Ukraine
- Presentations and questions -

16.15-18.00 THEMATIC WORKING GROUPS 
- Introduction of key issues -
A. Coming to Terms with the Past? Collective Memory: Perspectives and
Challenges
B. Open Europe? Present and Future of Migration
C. Hate Speech vs Freedom of Expression: the Role of Propaganda
D. Teach It! Human Rights in Action
E. Bring Us Together! Minorities in Europe 
F. Move It! Civil Society Addressing New Challenges

20.30 INFO MARKET
Present your Organisation, with the participation of regional NGOs


SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER
09.30-11.00 RECIPES FOR ACTION - GOOD PRACTICES
* Intercultural Navigator
* An Encounter from the Very Beginning 
- Project presentations and questions -

11.15-12.30 Continuation of the THEMATIC WORKING GROUPS
- sharing practices -

14.30-16.30 MINORITY VOICES
* A European Minority: Roma
* Building of Minority Network in Russia
* Capacity Building of Minority Organisaitons
- Presentations and questions -

16.45-18.30 Continuation of the THEMATIC WORKING GROUPS
- sharing practices -

18.30-19.00 UNITE AGAINST RACISM 
- presentation and questions -

21.00 POLITICAL CAFE 
optional

MONDAY 26 OCTOBER
09.30-11.00 Continuation of the THEMATIC WORKING GROUPS
- developing strategies -

11.15-12.30 RESULTS OF THE THEMATIC WORKING GROUPS
- Presentation in plenary -

14.30 FREE AFTERNOON
* Visit to community project in Kiev
* Guided tour in Kiev

20.00-22.00 DINNER IN KIEV
22.00 FREE EVENING 
optional: Movie / Political Cafe

TUESDAY 27 OCTOBER
09.30-11.00 EMERGING ISSUES
* Antiterrorism Legislation
* Freedom of Religion
* Islamophobia
- Panel Discussion -

11:15-12:30 GET ACTIVE, BE UNITED
- Introduction to the workshops -

14:30-16:00 GET ACTIVE, BE UNITED
- Workshops -
1. Get Active and UNITED
2. Empowering Youth
3. Alternative Media
4. Advertisements against Racism
5. Monitoring
6. Use of Art in the Antidiscrimination Work

16:15-17:30 From Words to Action: CIVIL COURAGE
- Plenary session -

17:30-18:00 OPEN FORUM
with contributions of participants
- Plenary session -

18:00-19:00
EVALUATION of the conference & OFFICIAL CLOSING of the conference
- Plenary session -
20.30
INTERCULTURAL EVENING & FAREWELL PARTY

WEDNESDAY 28 OCTOBER
Departure of participants
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TECHNICAL INFO:

Working methods
.. plenary sessions, working groups, lectures, workshops, political
cafes, presentations, debates, intercultural 'games', information
market, cultural activities, open forum.

Participants
The conference is planned for about 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 years old) 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 fair 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 depends on the country where the
nominating organisation is based:

120 Euro for participants from group 1:
A, B, CH, CY, D, DK, E, F, FL, FIN, GB, GR, I, IS, IRL, L, M, N, NL, P,
S

70 Euro for participants from group 2:
BG, BH, CZ, EE, H, HR, LV, LT, MK, MNE, PL, RO, RS, SI, SK, TR, XZ

40 Euro for participants from group 3:
AL, ARM, AZ, BY, GE, KZ, KY, MD, RUS, UA, UZB

Full board & lodging and the complete program is included.

Organisations that paid their 2009 supporter fee to the UNITED Network
will receive a 50% reduction of the participation fee. (how to become a
supporter)

Contribution to international travel costs
Participants travelling from group 1
(A, B, CH, CY, D, DK, E, F, FIN, GB, GR, I, IS, IRL, L, M, N, NL, P, S):
UNITED can contribute maximum 75% to the costs of your travel, not more
than 275 Euro.

Participants travelling from group 2
(BG, BH, CZ, EE, H, HR, LV, LT, MK, MNE, PL, RO, RS, SI, SK, TR, XZ ):
UNITED can contribute maximum 90% to the costs of your travel, not more
than 250 Euro.

Participants travelling from group 3 (except UA)
(AL, ARM, AZ, BY, GE, KZ, KY, MD, RUS, UZB):
UNITED can contribute maximum 90% to the costs of your travel, not more
than 300 Euro.

Participants travelling from UA :
UNITED can contribute maximum 90% to your travel costs (train, bus), not
more than 100 Euro.

Please look for the cheapest and most environmentally friendly
possibility to travel. We strongly encourage you to travel by
nighttrain, bus or other cheaper means of transport to Kiev. In order to
be eligible for a contribution to your travel costs you will be expected
to attend the whole meeting and to prove your travel expenses providing
an original invoice and the original tickets to UNITED.

The cost of your visa can be reimbursed by UNITED on the base of an
original invoice from the Embassy. 
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 your participation.
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.
Since we have limited sponsored places, delegates that can cover (part
of) their own travel costs have a higher chance to be selected.

Date and place
The conference will take place near Kiev and will start on Friday
afternoon 23 October 2009. Departure is foreseen for Wednesday. If you
wish to arrive earlier or stay longer (on your own costs), we can help
you to 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
mid September) will receive further information e.g. visa invitation,
explanation 'how to get there', a final program, list of participants,
etc.

All candidates will be will be informed about the result of their
selection via e-mail around mid September 2009.

Application procedure
Organisations interested in nominating a delegate should send their
nomination (Expression of Interest form below) by email before the
deadline:
Sunday 29 August 2009 - 24:00 to kiev@unitedagainstracism.org

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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST:

UNITED Conference:
'UNITED We Build the Future!' 
Empowering Civil Society to Face New Challenges 
23-28 October in Kiev (UA)

Name organisation:
Name organisation in English:
Abbreviation 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 specific projects you
have been involved in:


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


What languages can you work with?:

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
[ ] Roma issues
[ ] General Discrimination
[ ] Other:


Which working group would you like to attend?
Indicate only two priorities; put '1' (first priority) and '2' (second
choice) before the relevant working groups

[ ] A - Coming to Terms with the Past? Collective Memory: Perspectives
and Challenges
[ ] B - Open Europe? Present and Future of Migration
[ ] C - Hate Speech vs Freedom of Expression: the Role of Propaganda
[ ] D - Teach It! Human Rights in Action
[ ] E - Bring Us Together! Minorities in Europe 
[ ] F - Move It! Civil Society Addressing New Challenges


Please explain your choice and describe in which way you could
contribute to these 2 working groups:

Have you personally experienced racism and/or discrimination?
No:
Yes: (please, specify)

How will you 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, I / My organisation will cover the travel costs

[ ] Yes
If yes: 
How much will be the total costs of your travel to Kiev? .......... Euro
Country/City you will start your travel from:
How much contribution would you need from UNITED? .......... Euro

Before answering this question please read the maximum contribution to
travel costs, under technical information
Since we have limited sponsored places, delegates that can cover (part
of) their own travel costs have a higher chance to be selected.

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For those who will need a visa:
(please attach copy of your passport)

First name (as it is written in the passport):
Family name (as it is written in the passport):
Private address of the delegate:
Street:
Postal code:
City:
Country:

Place of birth:
Country of birth:
Citizenship:
Number of passport:
Passport valid until:

Ukrainian embassy where you will get your visa (city/country):
Fax, phone of Ukrainian embassy where you will get your visa:

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Please send this form as soon as possible by e-mail to:
kiev@unitedagainstracism.org.
Deadline 29 August 2009

Candidates will be will be informed about the result of their selection
via e-mail around mid September 2009

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We depend on YOUR help in 2009!

UNITED is not rich and has no stable income!
Though far most of the work at the UNITED secretariat is done voluntary
- still money is needed to keep the network functioning in 2009 and to
secure the cooperation and information flow throughout Europe.

Your donation is most welcome:
- in cash to UNITED Postbus 413 NL-1000 AK Amsterdam
- by bank (preferable) to:
UNITED, Postbus 413 NL-1000 AK Amsterdam
Account
IBAN: NL28 INGB 0002343715, BIC: INGBNL2A - Bank: ING Bank Amsterdam,
Postbus 1800, NL-1000 BV Amsterdam
(>From NL: ING Bank 2343715)

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