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Democracy

In many countries around the world people are protesting against injustice, abuse of power, dire living conditions, and they are campaigning for higher standards. In the process new forms of citizens’ participation in political and administrative processes are evolving. We support all attempts to achieve greater democratisation and participation.

On July 12-16, 2017, Ms Rebecca Harms, member of the European Parliament, visited Georgia. Ms Harms participated in the conference “European Way of Georgia” held in Batumi, and also held meetings with representatives of the civil society organizations, media and political parties in Tbilisi.

The long-term advocacy strategy/declaration to combat homo/bi/transphobia aims to support the elimination of discrimination against LGBTI persons in Georgia via a complex approach. We call on organisations that share the issues outlined in the strategy/declaration to join and confirm their support.

Environmental Protection & Sustainable Development

Ecology and sustainable development are among the important issues South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation concentrates on. Together with our partners we monitor and analyze recent developments in the field of energy, environmental protection and climate change.

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In a post-industrial era where cities across the globe have taken an entrepreneurial approach to urban territorial management, mega-events have become a prominent part of urban policies (Harvey, 1989). The Olympics and the Formula 1 World Championship are examples of internationally-significant mega-events, typically with an abundance of visitors and global media audiences of billions.

(ongoing project) Since 2016, the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation has been supporting Georgian Young Greens to organize Green Political Festival. "Green Fest" aims to spread green values within the youth, increase their political activism and participation and debate the most acute challenges of the country.

Europe & South Caucasus

The perception of the EU in the South Caucasus has changed significantly since summer 2008 when then President of the Council of the EU, Nicolas Sarkozy, brokered the cease fire agreement between Russia and Georgia.

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On July 13-14, the 14th International Conference “Georgia’s European Way” will take place in Batumi. The event enables an important exchange and a joint discussion among government and civil society actors from Georgia and its partner countries on progress achieved and challenges remaining on the former’s road to European integration. We present an in-depth analysis of these perspectives in Ivane Chkhikvadze’s telling article.
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The three South Caucasus countries have taken different routes towards integration into the European Union. The different approaches obstruct a common action for further integration into the EU.

Conflict Transformation

The persisting “frozen” military conflicts surrounding the South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Nagorno Karabakh regions restrict sustainable economic and social development as well as the establishment of free democratic civil societies in the South Caucasus.

The South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation announces the first results of the Call for Project Proposals for 2017.

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From the outset, Germany’s chairmanship of the OSCE, in 2016, promised to be fraught with sizable challenges. One of these challenges came from the recent developments in the South Caucasus, which demonstrated with renewed force that national boundaries in the post-Soviet space, and thus the security situation, are still far from stable.

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