Ever wondered what you can do for a better future in Cyprus and beyond? The Peace it Together network and UNDP-ACT, led byimplementing partners the Management Centre and NGO Support Centre, are creating a space for everyone to find out: a digital headquarters for civil society to promote peace and social cohesion.
In essence, it will be a meeting space for people who want to take action for positive change, offering practical resources, networking tools and way to share past experience. The objective of this space is both to support people who are working on social cohesion, reconciliation and peace already and to motivate new actors. It may be difficult to imagine, but the space will come to life over the coming months, and is expected to launch in June of this year.
In the meantime, let’s go for a walk through what we have so far of this digital space…
Home page: honoring Cypriot experience
The space will open with a page that shows a picture of all the reconciliation and social cohesion initiatives – think trainings, advocacy, diplomacy, dialogue, art exhibitions, and public events, among others – carried out in Cyprus since the 1970s. Critical moments when something important changed will be highlighted, and you will be able to read or watch more about these moments. This will be a living story of peacebuilding and civil society development in Cyprus, and anyone will be able to contribute with new or missing efforts.
Three main spaces will also appear on the home page: power of one, interactive tools and measuring peace.
Power of One: networking and collaboration
This will be a networking and collaboration space for civil society organizations in Cyprus and the region that will include a roster of experts and a toolkit for online project formulation and collaboration.
Interactive tools: using technology for peace
This will be a space for sharing interactive peacebuilding products that everyone can put to use to foster reconciliation and social cohesion. It will initially host products developed by Cypriot civil society, including children’s online games, interactive documentaries and digital learning tools.
Measuring peace: for experts, for everyone
In this area, you will be able to find summaries and analysis of the state of peace in Cyprus and the region, measured using the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Index developed by a Cypriot think tank. You will also be invited to take a quick survey that scores your personal contribution to peace.
Peace in Cyprus, and beyond
Taken as a whole, these elements bring together all the dimensions of action that have contributed to the story of social cohesion and reconciliation in Cyprus. This story goes much beyond Cyprus, and makes clear the potential for this digital space to catalyze future innovation for peacebuilding in the region. It’s a big vision, and one that we look forward to championing with you.
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