The on-going humanitarian crisis in Syria, also affects Turkey and Armenia and their mutual relations. At the same time, the recent deterioration of relations between Russia and Turkey may further decrease the chances of normalization between these two countries.
To explore the role that Armenia and Turkey can play in this new geopolitical setting, the Global Political Trends Center (GPoT) of Istanbul Kültür University and EPF will organize two roundtable discussions. Each discussion will bring together ex-politicians, diplomats, representatives of humanitarian organizations, high-ranking officials and civil society representatives, journalists and academicians from Armenia, Turkey, and presumably from other countries of the region. These 2-day discussions will seek new opportunities for improving Armenia-Turkey relations through the prism of a constructive engagement of these two countries in the region, including the Syrian crisis, removal of sanctions from Iran, the issue of Islamic State and political Islam. Each discussion will also produce recommendations for further collaboration. The first roundtable discussion will be hosted by EPF in Yerevan, and GPoT will host the second one in Istanbul. EPF and GPoT will produce brief reports (policy papers) summarising main ideas and recommendations voiced during the discussions, which will be made freely accessible to public through EPF’s, GPoT’s and ATNP’s web-sites.
EPF and GPoT are proponents of the principles of gender equality and inclusive participation of women. To comply with the provisions of the above principles within the frames of the proposed activity, EPF and GPoT will make sure that the participants of the two roundtables include female participants in a ratio close to 50/50 percent.
The activity will look at the prospects of Turkey-Armenia normalization through the prism of a constructive engagement of these two countries in issues of regional concern. The activity will promote partnerships among the participants on track 1.5 level supporting the process of Armenia-Turkey normalization while focusing on common security and geo-political issues.
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.