Civil Society News


Cyprus Friendship Programme 2013 Application open!

The Cyprus Friendship Programme (CFP) has announced its application process for 2013. CFP aims to create bonds of friendship and trust among the youth of the communities of Cyprus. Each teen from one community is 'paired' with another of the same gender from the other community. Each pair is then hosted in July for four weeks by a family in the US. To find out more click here to download information and here to download the application form.


Kontea Ceremony Saturday 8 December 2012

Tomorrow, Saturday 8 December there will be a ceremony in Kontea village to mark the opening of the Auxiliary Buildings Courtyard. The restoration of the courtyard is the second phase of a project which includes the rescue and preservationof a unique historical site on the outskirts of the village of Kontea and consists of the Orthodox Church of Agios Charalambos and its Auxiliary Buildings, a Catholic Chapel and cemetery, a Frankish Manor from the time of the Crusaders and an Ottoman irrigation system of stone cisterns and aqueducts. The Opening Ceremony will take place from 13:00 to 16:00 and will be inaugurated by H.E. Mr. John M. Koenig, the US Ambassador to Cyprus. ENGAGE On the Move will also be there and are organising transportation from various towns. Please contact Kristy or Devrim on +357 22875099 or +90 392 2277234 for more information.


Wednesday, December 5th 2012, Starts at: 20.30, Free Entrance
A public discussion with the film producers will follow

The documentary film ‘Birds of a Feather’, by Stefanos Evripidou and Stephen Nugent, will be screened at the Home for Cooperation, on Wednesday, December 5th at 20.30. A public discussion with the film producers will follow the screening.  Mrs Yeliz Shukri (Filmmaker) and Dr Costas Constantinou (Academician) will make short introductions to the discussion, which will be coordinated by the Head of Prio Cyprus, Dr Harry Tzimitras.
Synopsis: On the southeastern edge of Europe, two communities remain divided on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, playing host to the UNʼs third longest peacekeeping mission after Kashmir and the Middle East. This documentary looks at the contrasting personal memories formed in a post-conflict space after decades of physical separation. The well-oiled narratives of each communityʼs official histories have left little room for dialogue or mutual understanding. As stories unravel, the film raises questions on the victimization of truth and the different perspectives of  history. Within this framework, the documentary presents the Home for Cooperation and emphasizes the importance of its presence in the UN controlled buffer zone, widely known as ‘the dead zone’.

The Producers:
Stefanos Evripidou is an awarded journalist, currently working as chief reporter at the Cyprus Mail. Aside from his work in the press, he has been involved in the production of a short series of video blogs for the Home for Cooperation. Stephen Nugent is a freelance documentary director, cinematographer and editor. He shot various awarded short films, documentaries, and commercials while his work includes documentaries for Greenpeace, shot in the Arctic, Europe and the Middle East.

If you wish to interview the producers please e-mail: For additional information about the event, please visit or call 22445740/ 05428506681. The Home for Cooperation is located in the UN controlled buffer zone opposite Ledra Palace Hotel. This event is part of the AHDR’s Multiperspectivity and Intercultural Dialogue in Education (MIDE) project, which is supported by the United Nations Development Programme – Action for Cooperation and Trust (UNDP-ACT). This documentary film was funded by Norway Grants:


Live Streaming of the CYINDEP High Level Panel now!


Women’s Peace: Applying UNSCR 1325 to Cyprus and the Region Conference

The Gender Advisory Team (GAT) and the PRIO Cyprus Centre cordially invite you to a conference entitled Women’s Peace: Applying UNSCR 1325 to Cyprus and the Region that will take place on 6 December 2012 at Chateau Status in Nicosia's Ledra Palace buffer zone. Gender has been recognized as a critical component of peace-building processes in UN Security Council Resolution 1325 but no significant attempt has yet been made to implement UNSCR 1325 in the peace-building process in Cyprus. This conference highlights concerns around the lack of implementation and invites Cypriot women and men, international experts, and activists from the Middle East and southern Europe to share insights on local concerns and international practice. Download the programme here. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. Simultaneous translation into Greek and Turkish will be provided.


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