IV Baltic Sea NGO forum. 2004

IV-th Baltic Sea NGO forum
April 16-17, 2004


  1. Forum patron: Arnold Ruutel, President of the Republic of Estonia
  2. Time: 16-17 April 2004 (arrival on 15 April, departure on 18 April)
  3. Place: City of Parnu (http://www.parnu.ee/in_english/index.html); hotel "Strand" (http://www.strand.ee/eng_index.php); some events in different conference and cultural venues according to the forum programme
  4. General theme of the IV Baltic Sea NGO Forum: "Challenges for Baltic Sea Civil Society in a Changing Europe"
  5. Aim of the IV Baltic Sea NGO Forum: to discuss, organise and develop the possibilities for NGO cooperation in the Baltic Sea region; to exchange positive experiences and knowledge among NGOs; to receive and distribute possibilities of the European Union in relation to international cooperation in order to develop civil society and NGOs and to plan according cooperation projects; to improve and develop the constantly working Baltic Sea NGO forum and electronic network, to be recognised by CBSS
  6. Substantial arguments for the IV Baltic Sea NGO Forum:
    1. Priorities of the Estonian CBSS Presidency (June 2003 - June 2004):
      1. Economic development of the Baltic Sea region;
      2. Guaranteeing of civil security in the region;
      3. Environmental cooperation;
      4. Redefinition of the role of regional cooperation in the changed international environment.
    2. The Future Convent of European Union with its contact group on civil society foremost unites the organisations and NGOs of four large fields of activity (according to the Head of the contact group Dick Oosting):
      1. human rights and protection of human rights;
      2. environment and protection of environment;
      3. social issues;
      4. development cooperation.
  7. Outline of the IV Baltic Sea NGO Forum:
    1. Opening plenary session, Friday 16 April 2004 at 10:00 - 12:30
    2. Thematical sessions / workshops, Friday 16 April 2004 at 14:00 - 18:00
      • Workshop 1: Sustainable Development: Baltic 21 Back on Track
        The main aim of the workshop is to analyse the process of Baltic Agenda 21, to increase its political profile and guarantee sustainability
      • Workshop 2: NGOs for Guaranteeing Civil Security
        Crimes and diseases threaten the society. The aim of the workshop is to prove that NGOs see the problems and are able to establish functioning institutions which the society needs
      • Workshop 3: NGOs for Supporting Social Inclusion
        The aim of the workshop is to talk about the opportunities and role of various organisations for including different social groups more widely and actively into society
      • Workshop 4: "Whole Baltic Sea Region Must Live": NGOs for Developing Regional, Local and Rural Life
        The aim of the workshop is to talk about the possibilities for supporting and acknowledging local initiative, and the increase of cooperation
      • Workshop 5: NGOs for Human Rights and Multicultural Society
        Times change and we are changing with them. In human rights there is no beginning or end, no absolute goal. Society changes, the goals as well. The topics discussed in the workshop are human rights in general, gender equality, ethnic integration and freedom of media (how media forms visions and attitudes in the society). The aim of the workshop is to exchange knowledge and experiences in the above-mentioned fields, to discuss possibilities for the elaboration and implementation of joint projects and programmes
      • Workshop 6: NGOs and Better Employment
        The goal of the workshop is to develop international contacts and cooperation in the Baltic Sea region and European Union up to the elaboration and implementation of joint projects
      • Workshop 7: From Recipient to Partner: Experiences of NGOs in Development Cooperation
        The aim of the workshop is to discuss the following questions and find some common approaches: What are the sectors and regions to which the emerging actors of development cooperation can contribute? How to build long-term partnerships between recipients and donors? What are the methods and means for development cooperation? How is development cooperation financed? How to increase the public support for development cooperation in new EU countries? What makes development cooperation projects effective? How to transfer best practices of development cooperation in the Baltic Sea region? Intensification of cooperation and partnership in the European Union and Baltic Sea region will be discussed
    3. Cooperation and contact conference "Role of regional cooperation and NGO forums, and opportunities in the new international environment", Saturday 17 April 2004 at 9:00 - 13:00
    4. Closing plenary session, Saturday 17 April 2004 at 15:00 - 17:00
  8. Organisers: Representative Council of Estonian NGO Roundtable and Baltic Sea NGO Consultative Committee
  9. Estonian organising committee:
    • Helmut Hallemaa (Estonian NGO Roundtable; Foundation for Development and Stabilisation,; Head of organising committee)
    • Anneli Uus (Estonian NGO Roundtable; Coordinator)
    • Lea Saul (Estonian NGO Roundtable; Village Movement "Kodukant")
    • Ott Sarapuu (Estonian NGO Roundtable; Estonian Union of Student Councils)
    • Nadezda Spor?hhina (Estonian NGO Roundtable; NGO Media Centre)
    • Harda Roosna (Estonian NGO Roundtable; Hiiumaa Women?s Roundtable; Estonian Roundtable of Women?s Societies)
    • Andrus Lepp (Estonian NGO Roundtable)
    • Marika Kerge (P?rnumaa NGO Roundtable; NGO HarKo);
    • Astrid Hindriks (P?rnumaa Women?s Roundtable; P?rnumaa NGO Roundtable)
  10. Supporters: Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Council of Baltic Sea States, Nordic Council of Ministers, European Commission, Baltic American Partnership Program, Open Estonia Foundation, P?rnu City Council, P?rnu City Government, embassies, etc.