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.