The documentary will include different stages of Armenia-Turkey relations including the initial engagement between the newly independent Armenia and Turkey in 1991-1992 to closing of Armenia-Turkey border in 1993, the appearance of the Armenian Genocide issue in Armenia’s foreign policy agenda in 1998-2008, the works of the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission in 2001-2004, Hrant Dink’s assassination in 2007, and the Armenia-Turkey protocols and “football” diplomacy in 2008-2010.
The documentary will also present the Armenian-Turkish contacts at different international platforms including the UN, Council of Europe, BSEC, and others. The grantee plans to secure a wide publicity for the documentary, in particular, by including it into the programme of the Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Armenia in July 2015. Overall, the project will help the societies of Armenia and Turkey to better understand the scope of the normalisation efforts undertaken since early 1990s, and think about more effective future initiatives that could contribute to the full-fledged normalisation.
On September 13, 2018, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) hosted a workshop on “Exchange of Best Practices in Plastic Waste Management between Armenia- and Turkey-based CSOs and Practitioners.” The workshop is part of a project that contributes to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of Armenia and Turkey through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. The grantee, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen organized a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir, as well as a follow-up exchange workshop in Yerevan. Based on the results of the study visit and workshops UFSD will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
This activity took place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” programme, funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.