IEP trains civil society advocates for sustainable development in Ukraine

19 Fellows of the Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) success­fully completed the training series on “Trade and Sustainable Devel­opment”.

The final workshop of the CiSEP training series “Trade and Sustainable Devel­opment” took place between 10 and 12 September 2018 in Lviv, Ukraine. This meeting focused on advocacy strategies for civil society organ­i­sa­tions and on how they can promote sustain­ability in Ukraine’s economic devel­opment as well as in EU-Ukraine trade relations.

Experts from the Respon­sible Business Forum from Poland intro­duced CiSEP fellows to the concept of Corporate Social Respon­si­bility, how can it help to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Devel­opment Goals as well as how to practi­cally promote it with business repre­sen­ta­tives. Other activ­ities of the Respon­sible Business Forum, like coordi­nating the EU Diversity Charter and promoting non-financial reporting of big companies, were also discussed.

Together with an expert from the Zagreb-based Society for Sustainable Devel­opment Design (DOOR) the fellows learned how to prepare an advocacy campaign. Concen­trating on topics like energy poverty, waste management and nature protection, the fellows prepared their own action plans for an advocacy campaign that they discussed in smaller groups.

A final exam on the last training day served as a way to check the fellows’ knowledge after the whole CiSEP Level B “Trade and Sustainable Devel­opment” training series, which consisted of four seminars and took place between June and September 2018. All 19 fellows success­fully passed the exam and will partic­ipate in a study trip to Berlin in October 2018.

The Civic School for Sound EU Practice is imple­mented by the Institut für Europäische Politik in cooper­ation with the Lviv organ­i­sation Civil Network OPORA. It is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.