ECMI hosts Azerbaijan delegation

ECMI AnnouncementsOn May 4-11, ECMI will be hosting a delegation of Azerbaijani government and civil society organizations. Among other topics, the delegation is interested in minority-majority relations in the Danish-German border region.

In the coming week, a delegation of Azerbaijani organizations will be visiting Berlin, Copenhagen, and the German-Danish borderland. European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) will be hosting the delegation, of which the main partner is Azerbaijan’s Council of State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations (CSSN). The delegation will, among many topics hear about the borderland’s development from strife and war to peace, reconciliation and cooperation.

Cross-border cooperation is precisely what the delegates can see for themselves, when they visit the Federal Union of European Nationalities’ (FUEN) congress in Sonderburg. FUEN’s congress program will be conducted in both South and North Schleswig, and it is organized by the German and Danish minority organizations and FUEN together.

In Copenhagen and Berlin, the delegation will visit the foreign ministries and the parliaments – Folketing and Bundestag respectively.

The visit is part of a project that bears the long title Cooperation for a stable future: international and intercultural dialogue as a tool for ensuring peace and sustainable development. The project is funded by the Council of State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations (CSSN) under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Both CSSN and ECMI hope the project and the visit will pave the way for new contacts and projects in Azerbaijan, which can help to develop the country’s NGOs.

Through the project, ECMI wishes to share its knowledge about mechanisms for diversity management with the NGOs. As the title indicates, intercultural dialogue is one of the stepping stones in the context.

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January 2014: European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) staff, Tamari Bulia, Dr Zora Popova and Dr Raul Cârstocea meet the project partner, Council of State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations (CSSN) under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, at a prep visit to Baku, Azerbaijan. The chairman of the Council is MP Mr. Azay Guliyev. Photo: CSSN

Azerbaijan related titles

Potier, Tim, Association with International Personality: Nagorno-Karabagh in Azerbaijan, in: EURAC/ECMI (eds.), European Yearbook of Minority Issues, vol. 7 (2007/2008). Leiden:  Brill, 2010, 677-694.

Yunusov, Arif, Ethnic Profile of Post-Soviet Azerbaijan, in: EURAC/ECMI (eds.), European Yearbook of Minority Issues, vol. 4 (2004/2005). Leiden:  Brill, 2006, 481-494.

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