UN Sustainable Development Goals – from global goals to local action 0 Reply


The world in which we live is faced with so many challenges. Their scope is very wide and solutions are hard to be find. In every region of the world people are facing different obstacles and they because of that need different mechanism by which they can overcome those obstacles.

A good overview of those challenges is presented in a set of Sustainable Development Goals. Those are the main objectives that world leaders agreed upon. They should be resolved during the 2015-2030 time period. UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Mon clustered them into six main elements: dignity, prosperity, justice, partnership, planet and people. We can see from this that SDG-s really cover a wide range of issues that humanity as whole need to deal with. That’s the main reason why the role of UN is so important in fulfilling those objectives. Only the UN has the capacity of doing that effectively. And we can see prove of that in example of Millennium Development Goals whose impact was very successful at the end.

But, implementing those goals won`t be an easy task. This set of new goals is more wider and covers more than the previous one which expired in 2015. The main problem will be to focus on a local action that will be necessary when it comes to every among those seventeen goals. For example, we will not see an improvement in implementing clean energy strategy on a local level if there is no willingness of local and national authorities to do that. That`s why the partnership is so important in this story. We need to show a good example to all of those who are still skeptical about this issue. And they need to turn them into their benefits by learning from others. On the other side, UN will need to remain its strong leadership position when it comes to those questions. It is a global problem and only if world stand united in every aspect of it, we can see an improvement by the end of 2030.

For this purpose, Dialogue Cafe Novi Pazar organises the session ‘UN Sustainable Development Goals – from global goals to local action‘ on 28 January 2016 – From 15h00 to 16h30 (London time) with the participation of  DC Lisbon and DC Rio de Janeiro.



Moderator: Mr Aleksandar Bojic, United Nations Association of Serbia, Project Team

DC Novi Pazar (Una Serbia / Centar Duga):

  • Ms Irena Vojackova Sollorano, the UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia (read message)
  • Mr Enis Ujkanovic, Professor, Project Euro PROGRES, International University Novi Pazar
  • Mr Samir Kacapor, Director of the Regional Development Agency of SandĹľak “SEDA”.

DC Lisbon (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation):

With the participation of other organisations DC Rio de Janeiro (UCAM University).


Discover the UN Sustainable Development Goals!


  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.


For more detailed information:

United Nations Association of Serbia – Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Pazar (E-mail: unaserbia@gmail.com)

Dialogue Café Association

Helena Barroco (helenabarroco@casadoregalo.pt)

Dalia Sendra (daliasendra@casadoregalo.pt)






Celebrating the International Human Rights Day: Global Conversation on Human Rights of Migrants 0 Reply

Boat Migrants Risk Everything for a New Life in Europe:  African asylum seekers rescued off boats and taken aboard an Italy navy ship, June 8, 2014.

Source: Amnesty.ca

In today’s complex and unpredicted world, humanity is faced with a lot of problems that affect ordinary human lives on their daily level. Those threats are visible and very real, but still, in some cases we are missing a real action for solving those issues. Refugee crisis that is still ongoing on European soil is one of those complex and unpredicted events. Nobody could have predicted that such instability in the Middle East would happen. And even more, nobody could have predict that it will cause a massive migration of people, looking for another safe heaven. During this crisis, a different actors with a different roles, acted in accordance with primarily their interests.

Those interests mainly were not in accordance with an interest of those people – refugees, that are mostly affected by all those happenings. Europe, that become a main point for immigration, couldn’t stand united in solving this crisis. National governments responded, but those responses were first of all in their own interest. For some countries, defending that interest included building a fence on their borders so that influx of refugees would be less. In all of this, that can be in few words called, conflict of interests, we need to think about those refugees first and foremost!

Their rights were violated at their own home countries, and now they are facing new violations in the countries that should have welcomed them. On the other side, there is a possibility for individuals from MENA region to infiltrate within ordinary people and in that way spread some kind of extremist ideology that is present in this region within Europe.

Constructive answers are needed and they need to include both the security of Europeans and the security and well being of refugees coming from the countries that are affected by war.


More info:

International Organization for Migration (IOM);

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

European Commission: Priorities

European Commission: Agenda

Join us on 10 December from 15h00 to 16h30 (London time)!

  • DC Novi Pazar (Una Serbia / Centar Duga)
    • Mr Aleksandar Bojic, United Nations Association of Serbia
    • Mr Vahidin Melajac, Representative of the City of Novi Pazar
    • Mr Emir Fetahović, Lawyer – representative of NGO Sandzak’s Committee for Human Rights
    • Mr Sabahudin Abelagić, Youth Office Sjenica (Asylum Center Sjenica)


With the participation of DC Rio de Janeiro (UCAM University) and DC Lisbon (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation).



For more detailed information:

United Nations Association of Serbia – Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Pazar (E-mail: unaserbia (at) gmail.com)

Dialogue Café Association

Helena Barroco (helenabarroco (at) casadoregalo.pt)

Dalia Sendra (daliasendra (at) casadoregalo.pt)




Becoming Entrepreneur and Hub Manager: creative smoothie of competences 0 Reply


Our cycle on Creative Hubs and Entrepreneurship for Social Change started today with a great introductory session about creative hubs and social entrepreneurship.

DC Creative Hubs Social Entrepreneurship S1 01

Our wonderful participants, representing different types of organisations such as ADDICT, Fermenta NGO, Portuguese Entrepreneurs, NVO Front and SEDA (Regional Development Agency of SandĹľak) shared their views and experiences about the development of creative and social entrepreneurship in Portugal and Serbia. Different scenarios but same needs: inspiration, competences, sustainability, fundraising and networking opportunities. Topics that will be raised in the following sessions of this cycle.

For this purpose, the second session of this cycle will be focused on the competences and abilities the entrepreneurs need to ensure in order to provide a successful implementation of their ideas. For sure we´ll discuss a lot about the challenges and the difficulties entrepreneurs and hub managers face everyday but also we´ll share innovative ideas, creative solutions, a lot of hope and great inspiration for them.

The participants of this session will include entrepreneurs as Susana Antonio from Fermenta NGO and Ana Margardida Ferreira from IADE Creative University in Lisbon. Representatives from Rio Criativo will join us in DC Rio de Janeiro and other participants in DC Novi Pazar.

DC- Creative Hubs S2 – 27 October Invitation

DC- Creative Hubs S2 – 27 October Programme

For more information, you can contact us at: daliasendra (at) casadoregalo.pt

Do not hesitate, Join Us and Share your Experiences!




Dialogue Café in the GreenFest 2015 0 Reply

Along 4 days, Dialogue Café Association has been participating in the NGO´s Fair organised in the framework of the Green Festival 2015, Estoril (Portugal) from 08 to 11 October 2015.


The opening of the NGO´s Fair, where Dialogue Cafe has a stand, took place on October 8th. The President of the Gulbenkian Calouste Foundation, Mr. Artur Santos Silva, core partner of the Dialogue Café Association and host of Dialogue Café Lisbon and Dialogue Café Paris, visited our stand together with Mr. Carlos Carreiras, the President of the Municipality of Cascais and Mr. Ove Thorsheim, Ambassador of Norway.

Among many other organisations participating at the NGO´s Fair, we have promoted Dialogue Café Network and discussed about the powerful tool we have in our hands, with more than hundred interesting people and organisations. Youngsters were excited with Dialogue Café because the idea of discussing with the Other through a video-conferencing system. We presented our work and fields of action (Social Innovation, Sharing Knowledge, Community and Intercultural Dialogue, Entreprise and Entrepreneurship) to people interested in know more about our network.

GreenFest 2015 is full of great activities especially focused on green thinking, social innovation and civic participation, shared objectives of Dialogue Café. Among the NGO´s participating we found some DC partners such as the Rede de Jovens pela Igualdade, the Academia Ubuntu and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

We really hope that our participation in this great festival will bring nice partners and people to Dialogue Café with new ideas, proposals and will for great joint initiatives and cooperation.

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