World Poetry Day: Celebrating our common humanity 0 Reply

A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999 with the objective to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities. 

Since 1999, every year on 21 March, the World Poetry Day celebrates one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression and identity. Poetry is a driver of common humanity and shared values, a powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace. The World Poetry Day serves also to honour poets, revive oral traditions, promote poetry and especially, bring people together across continents.  

Against this backdrop, Dialogue CafĂ© Network is organising a session to celebrate our common humanity and values and promote intercultural dialogue through poetry. With this purpose, poets from Serbia, Portugal and other countries will be invited to join this session, share their poems in their mother tongue and translate them into English to the audience in an open dialogue and exchange. People interested in joining the session would be able to share poems with the participants to celebrate our common humanity.  

The session will be held on 25 March 2021 from 3pm – 5pm London time and will join participants from Portugal, Serbia and Spain.

  • Graça Melo – Portuguese Association of Poetes – Portugal 
  • Ersan Muhović – Poet and writer, Serbia 
  • Zilha Ragipović – Poet, Serbia 
  • Emina Marukić – Last year’s laureate of the Duga’s poet competition, Serbia 
  • Selma Kolašinac – Poet reciter, Serbia


For further information and registration:  

Dialogue Café Lisbon – Dalia Sendra (

Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Pazar – Haris Imamovic (  

Dialogue CafĂ© Évora –  Ana Rita Valido/ADRAL (



Entrepreneurship, Creative Hubs & Makers: innovation and resilience in pandemic times 0 Reply

Creative hubs represent a tool for innovation and a guide to entrepreneurs to bring social value to societies and communities through their creativity on local and global scale.  

As the UNCTAD report (2010) states, creative economy has the potential to generate wealth and jobs while promoting social inclusion and human development. They facilitate the creative process of entrepreneurs by providing space, consultation, training, funding. Moreover, creative hubs represent a place where young entrepreneurs and start-ups from different backgrounds can meet, discuss, develop and implement new ideas, to building up a new environment able to empower different social groups and support their inclusion.

On the other hand, entrepreneurs and makers bring new ideas and dreams to explore within creative hubs, enhancing the heritage and knowledge of those spaces. In COVID-19 times, where entrepreneurs and makers need to be more resilient and creative hubs pursue innovation more than ever, spaces and opportunities to share knowledge, jointly analyse challenges and approach solutions will be excellent ways to surpass the negative impact the pandemic will bring at the social and economic level.  

Against this backdrop, Dialogue CafĂ© Network is organising a session to address the successfulness factors and practices implemented by creative hubs to support entrepreneurs and makers and provide responses to their needs. During the sessions some questions will be raised such as:  

  • How has the COVID-19 affected entrepreneurs and makers?  
  • According to your knowledge and experience, in which sense creative hubs can provide new opportunities to entrepreneurs and makers?  
  • How to promote innovation and resilience at the entrepreneurial level in the new era?  
  • Working together is essential to recover from this global crisis. From entrepreneurs and makers, to creative hubs, authorities and other third sector organisations to the private sector, we all have a role in building a post-COVID world that is better for present and future generations. Kindly share your opinion and views on how better encourage collaboration and co-creation within creative hubs among entrepreneurs and makers. Share your opinion, experience and knowledge.  

Provisional Programme

Dialogue Café Belgrade (United Nations Associations of Serbia)

Dialogue Cafe Évora (Eugenio de Almeida Foundation) 

  • Antonieta FĂ©lix, Entrepreneur of Project “Literacia” 
  • Carlos Ramos, Founder of “B de Brincar”  
  • Tânia Carvalho, Founder of “INHERVOICE” 

Dialogue Cafe Novi Pazar (Centar Duga)

  • Vesna Sekulić, creative worker & CEO “Zvechka” 
  • Lejla Mulić, creative worker & CEO “LeCreative Gift Shop”. 

And much more!




Together We Can Through Volunteering 0 Reply

By United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) mandate, the International Volunteer Day (IVD)[1] is celebrated annually on 5 December with the aim of celebrating volunteers and organisations efforts, promote their values and disseminate their work.

The focus of the IVD 2020 is “Together We Can Through Volunteering” in order to highlight the role of volunteers in raising awareness, inspiring others and achieving the SDGs.

“the efforts of 1 billion volunteers is an important foundation at a pivotal moment for development to enable us to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic” 

(UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed)

During the COVID 19 pandemic, volunteers have been at the forefront of medical, community and societal responses. Community volunteers are recognised by the World Health Organisation as key stakeholders for risk communication and community engagement. Their effort during the covid-19 pandemic has been huge and should be further recognised. IVD2020 is dedicated to volunteers worldwide and aims at recognising their valuable contribution.

As per initiative of the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation, host of Dialogue Cafe Évora room, Dialogue Café members in Belgrade, Evora, Novi Sad and Lisbon will organise a session on volunteering with the aim of celebrating volunteer effort and recognising their contribution to the community in those harsh times. During the session, volunteers and social organisations invited will analyse the difficulties confronted by volunteers in times of covid-19 as well as identify new opportunities and frames for volunteering. Volunteers participating in the session will share also their views, motivations and experiences to show the benefits of volunteering.

Some of the questions to be raised during the debate are:

  • According to your experience, how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected volunteering?
  • What are the most important challenges faced by volunteers in the new era Covid-19?
  • How social distancing and restrictions imposed has affected your work as volunteer?
  • What about digital technology? Kindly let us know how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the use of digital technology in your work as volunteer?
  • Every crisis brings challenges, but also opportunities. Please identify new opportunities of volunteering brought by the new reality Covid-19 pandemic.
  • How do you see volunteering in the near future?
  • Share your best volunteering experience.

Check out the provisional programme and keep posted to know more!

Moderation: Inês Gonçalvez, Volunteers´Manager, Eugenio de Almeida Foundation

Dialogue Cafe Belgrade / Youth Office

  • Sonja Kuzman,  Volunteer at the Novak Djoković Foundation
  • Marija Stojanović, Red Cross Stari Grad

Dialogue Cafe Évora / ADRAL

  • Maria JoĂŁo Rosado, Volunteer
  • Alexandra Mota, National Association of Young Entrepreneurs

Dialogue Cafe Évora / Eugénio de Almeida Foundation

  • Gil Nobre, Cultural volunteer at Eugenio de Almeida Foundation and Volunteer at the High School Gabriel Pereira Club
  • Filipa Neves, Project Mind the Mind and National Association of Psychology Students
  • Francisca Sousa, Comission of Volunteer, Food Bank Against Hunger, Évora
  • Levi Filho, Cultural Volunteer and Volunteer at the Social Kitchen of the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation
  • Sandra Veladas, Volunteer at the Social Kitchen of the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation

Dialogue Novi Sad / Youth Office

  • Dr. Branka Cvetanović, OPENS – European Youth Capital Novi Sad




Connecting Communities 0 Reply

The COVID-19 pandemic marked a disrupting point for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis with severe economic and social impacts that highlighted existing inequalities and differences. Low income neighbourhoods are more likely to be hit by coronavirus cases and its negative impact. and impact as most of them may lack access to health care, lost their jobs and became unemployed.

At the beginning of 2020, the path towards the achievement 2030 SDG Agenda was on track and the global community committed to accelerate efforts and sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges, ranging from eradicating poverty and reducing gender inequality to addressing climate change. However, in only some months, the COVID-19 pandemic brought an unprecedented situation and threatens to reverse years of progress on the global goals, on poverty, hunger, health care and education. While the virus has impacted everyone, it is especially affecting the most vulnerable people.

Urgent and innovative responses are needed to surpass this period of crisis but people should be at the centre of these solutions to achieve more equitable and sustainable outcomes for all. Against this backdrop, the community has played an exceptional role in the social response to the global pandemic by providing care and attention to the most vulnerable and affected.

In this sense, Dialogue Café Network would like to address the role of the community/communities in times of COVID-19 pandemic especially with regard to the impact of its action in social cohesion.

Guests invited to the online discussion will share experiences, views and testimonials with this regard as well as address the following questions:

  • What is the role of different communities for the social cohesion of territories in times of pandemic?
  • What are the urgent and innovative responses that are needed to overcome this period of crisis?
  • Is the unity of communities essential to change?
  • Are community responses sufficient to have an impact?

The session will be also a unique opportunity to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Dialogue Café Room at the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation in Evora (Portugal), which has an extensive work of community support.

The session will take place next Monday 16th November from 15h to 17h London time through ciscowebex videoconference system.

Provisional programme:


Dialogue Cafe Belgrade

  • Lidija Bukvic Brankovic, CEPORA Belgrade (Serbia)

Dialogue Cafe Évora

Dialogue Cafe Lisbon

Dialogue Cafe Novi Sad

  • Aleksa Stanišić (Communication and marketing Coordinator), Volunteer center of Vojvodina, Novi Sad (Serbia)






Plastic-free lifestyle 0 Reply

Our planet is drowning in plastic pollution (UN Environment Agency)

The Climate Crisis – A Race We Can Win #UN75: Sustainable cities and Plastic-free lifestyle

2020 is the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. In this framework an initiative for promoting dialogue in main global issues was launched to celebrate it along the year. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic marked a disrupting point for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis with severe economic and social impacts, climate emergency remains one of the most important challenges. The Sustainable Development Agenda urges us to take action to combat climate change (SDG13) which will affect more than 39 million people. Plastic pollution exacerbates climate change and represents a dangerous thread to biodiversity as plastic needs 100 years to degrade in the environment.

According to the World Economic Forum plastic production is expected to double by 2040. Each year, 17,000,000 barrels of oil are used to produce plastic, including 500,000,000,000 plastic bags used yearly. By 2030, greenhouse gas emissions from plastic could reach 1.34 billion tons per year what will affect our capacity to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5˚C. Plastic pollution threats ocean health and marine life as has a strong impact on food safety and quality and human health. Annually, 13,000,000 tonnes of plastic are leak into the ocean and 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastics. Current scientific studies are determining how microplastics can affect phytoplankton’s ability to sequester carbon dioxide.

We need to switch the paradigm and urgent action is needed from the industrial sector but from citizens as well. Single-use plastic products are everywhere and became integral to our daily lives. Actions to slow the flow of plastic at its source and its consumption as well as to improve plastic waste management are needed.

Against this backdrop, Dialogue Café Network would like to join the #U75 discussions promoted by the UN and to address the challenge of plastic pollution by raising citizens awareness and supporting the swift to plastic-free lifestyles.

Guests invited to the online discussion will share policy guidelines, examples of initiatives and advice for reaching plastic-free lifestyles.

Among the participants confirmed:

With the participation of Dialogue Cafe Novi Sad and Dialogue Cafe Lisbon.

The session will take place on Tuesday 10th November 2020 from 15h to 17h London time via cisco webex videoconference system.

Keep posted for further information about the programme.


For further information and registration: Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon – Dalia Sendra (, Dialogue CafĂ© Belgrade – Biljana Vukosavljevic (, Dialogue CafĂ© Cidade de Praia – Indira Pires (, Dialogue CafĂ© Évora – Margarida Oliveira/FEA ( & Ana Rita Valido/ADRAL (, Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Pazar – Haris E. Imamović (Haris Imamovic, Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Sad – Stefan Radojcic (




Global Governance beyond Covid-19 0 Reply

2020 is the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. In this framework an initiative for promoting dialogue in main global issues was launched to celebrate it along the year. However the COVID-19 pandemic marked a disrupting point for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis with severe economic and social impacts. In these harsh times, more than ever global governance and leadership should be strengthened in order to build a better future for all.

In this framework, Dialogue Café Network would like to join the #U75 discussions promoted by the UN and address the role of global governance in times of uncertainty in which “public trust in traditional institutions is in decline and relations between countries have been under strain” (UN), through the following questions, some of them proposed by the United Nations, and other proposed by participants in the discussion:

i) Will we emerge stronger and better equipped to work together?, or will distrust and isolation grow further;

ii) How better can we promote cooperation across borders, sectors and generations?;

iii) Will the COVID-19 pandemic determine the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals?;

iv) Which are the best solutions and measures to navigate Europe’s economy through the crisis provoked by the covid-19 pandemic?

v) Which role should play the United Nations? What about other international, or regional organisations?

The session will be an opportunity to celebrate the international day of UN on 24 october 2020.

Keep posted to know more about the programme.

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