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Today, August 12th our EVS volunteers Shane and Sathya visited the lush green and busy park near the SCI offices to discover the thoughts of the beautiful people of Antwerp as part of International Youth Day 2016. The theme for this year is "Youth Leading Sustainability" with a special focus on the 11th Sustainable Development Goal "sustainable consumption and production". The volunteers talked to 6 different people all with a variety of responses and ideas on a broad range of topics on education, the environment and sustainability.

Youth Day 2016Our Climate for Peace EVS volunteer Shane discusses questions on the topic of "Youth Leading Sustainability", Antwerp, Belgium (2016)

That's it.

Today we've used as much from nature as our planet can renew in the whole year and it's only August.

We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester. We must take immediate action and help reverse the trend of overshooting our planet’s resources. At the International Secretariat of SCI, we are planning to take a pledge to keep our office meat free! We are already on a mostly veggie based diet, but our decision would mean to keep our office meals, snacks and staff meeting lunches all meat free.

Earth Overshoot Day 2016

In order to develop a counter-narrative for fighting racism against migrants and break stereotypes about people seeking refuge, CVS-Bulgaria has started organizing in Sofia raising-awareness events on the topic of migration, focussing on the situation along the Balkan Route.  


Photo taken in  the event oganised by CVS- Bulgaria (2016)

"I hope to present this project and the guideline to the board of my organisation."

Yesterday the SCI International Secretariat had the pleasure of organising a multiplier event as part of the project "Youth Impact: Strengthening Organizational Capacities to Build Peace in Europe." The workshop was lead by Fanni Feny?si, the lead researcher on behalf of SCI, while participants came from SCI's International Secretariat, SCI's Flemish branch VIA, CATAPA, Tumult, A Place to Live, MasterPeace, peace and youth organisations based in Belgium as well as the University of Hasselt.

Participants at the MEL workshopParticipants from A place to Live, VIA and CATAPA discuss the challenges of measuring impact, MEL Workshop, Antwerp, Belgium (2016)

Last Saturday the first Asian Platform Meeting for 2016 took place in Bangladesh. At the APM representatives of Asia-Pacific SCI-branches discussed matters concerning the development of SCI in the region. Regional exchange and common projects were some of the topics handled by delegates of 6 SCI-branches and contacts. The meeting went smoothly and was completed in nearly 5 hours. But SCI would not be SCI, if words were not followed by deeds. In this respect SCI Bangladesh organized a workshop on Sunday (extended on Monday) on Non-Violent Conflict Resolution, while at the moment still practical work is being carried out in a mini-workcamp.

Asian Platform Meeting

 

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