|International call for CPW 2009|
Be a part of the whole!
21st - 27th September 2009.
The member countries and member organizations of the Central and Eastern European Citizens Network invites everyone who considers the development of a community-based society important and is able and willing to do something for the cause, to act as an organizer or participant in the events of the Citizen Participation Week.
To pursue the above goals, at its conference in Belgrade (12-15 May 2005) the CEE Citizens Network decided to initiate a series of simultaneous actions in the 17 member countries called Citizen Participation Week.
What is Citizen Participation Week?
The CPW is a week long campaign, a collective and emphasized manifestation of the Central-Eastern European networks of citizen initiatives in order to have the issue of citizen participation presented in European media, politics and civil society in a more powerful way. It consists of a series of events that call attention of the broader social environment, in a loud and perceivable way, to the importance of participative democracy. The events are meant to raise attention, putting the increase of public welfare, local community and citizen action in the limelight, while also giving evidence that all this is really able to be put into practice. The programme of Citizen Participation Week covers local, regional and nationwide actions, volunteer and civic meetings, media events, public gatherings, etc.
Form of Implementation
International and national organizing committees have been formed to coordinate the events. Their tasks are as follows:
The concrete activities of Participation Week are decided by the national organizing committees and the organizations joining the campaign. The national committees will submit a call in their own countries by July 2009, in which they invite the citizens, organizations and institutions of the particular member country to join the event. The programme will be developed together with the joining organizations, and shall be introduced in August 2009.
After making the plans, support materials will be created for the media to be circulated extensively on the local, national and European level.
The calls, press-matter and the logos and labels of the Citizen Participation Week can be accessed on the home pages of the CEE Citizens Network (www.ceecn.net) and of the particular organizers.
Organizations Taking Initiative
all members of CEE Citizens Network
How to Join?
Citizen Participation Week is open to be joined by anyone who feels that the development of the human initiation, action and participation, and the strengthening of democracy and civil society are rather important issues. We would also welcome anyone who is ready to organize programmes connected to citizen participation, or organizations that are ready to link Citizen Participation Week to their existing programmes or running initiatives.
Everyone else can contribute to the success of the programme if they visit the events of CPW, that is, if you take part in Participation Week.
It's worth taking part because:
...and if we don't take part in the Citizen Participation Week, who will......?!?
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Good to know! CPW - ELDW
A partnership process started between the CEECN and the Council of Europe to harmonize two important European initiation, the "Citizen's Participation Week", and the "European Local Democracy Week". The common values and the timeframes of the events give real opportunity for the local and national actors to implement cooperative actions on the different levels. Learn more about ELDW here:
DO TAKE PART..... It Depends On Us!!!