Nov

5

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.

JOIN IN AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS!

For further information and registration: Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon – Dalia Sendra (daliasendra@casadoregalo.pt), Dialogue CafĂ© Belgrade – Biljana Vukosavljevic (unaserbia@gmail.com), Dialogue CafĂ© Cidade de Praia – Indira Pires (ipires@institutopedropires.org.cv), Dialogue CafĂ© Évora – Margarida Oliveira/FEA (margarida.oliveira@fea.pt) & Ana Rita Valido/ADRAL (ana.valido@adral.pt), Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Pazar – Haris E. Imamović (Haris Imamovic imamovicharis@hotmail.com), Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Sad – Stefan Radojcic (s.radojcic@pf.uns.ac.rs)

Sources: https://www.unenvironment.org/interactive/beat-plastic-pollution/; https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/02/20/plastic-production-climate-change/; https://www.iucn.org/

Sep

30

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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Sep

23

Youth Shaping Peace Together 0 Reply

The UN General Assembly each 21 September as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace. The International Day of Peace 2020 is dedicated to “Shaping Peace Together” and aims to celebrate compassion, kindness and hope in world frightened by COVID-19 pandemic. A special moment that the United Nations celebrates in the framework of its 75th anniversary and a programme of global conversations aimed at building the peaceful and prosperous future that we all want.

Dialogue Café Network will commemorate the International Day of Peace by organising a global debate on the role of youth in peacebuilding to foster dialogue and collect ideas.

Young people will be invited to share thoughts on how to weather this storm, heal our planet and build peace[1] and debate on the following questions raised by UN and other proposed by participants during the exchange:

  • What does peace mean to you?
  • When you envision a peaceful world, what do you see?
  • What actions are needed to make your vision a reality?
  • What role can you play in that regard?
  • How can prevent conflicts in the first place? 
  • How can we tackle conflicts?
  • It´s peace is declared, how can it be sustained?

The debate will be moderated by a member of Dialogue Café Network through questions and the exchange of experiences. External participants will have the possibility of sharing their questions through chat to experts and guest involved but registration is mandatory. Otherwise interested participants can attend the event via livestreaming. The debate will take place via Dialogue Café videoconference system provided by CISCO Webex.

Provisional programme

Dialogue Cafe Evora

  • Manuel Marchante, 100% ADN Association

Dialogue Cafe Belgrade:

  • Muhamed Alyatem, Master degree Peace Studies at University of Belgrade
  • Uros Andjelkovic, Serbian UN Youth Delegate

Dialogue Cafe Novi Sad:

  • Velimir Milošev, Young European Ambassador

Keep posted for further information|

For further information and registration:

Dialogue Café Lisbon – Dalia Sendra (daliasendra@casadoregalo.pt), Dialogue Café Belgrade – Biljana Vukosavljevic (unaserbia@gmail.com), Dialogue Café Cidade de Praia – Indira Pires (ipires@institutopedropires.org.cv), Dialogue Café Évora – Margarida Oliveira/FEA (margarida.oliveira@fea.pt) & Ana Rita Valido/ADRAL (ana.valido@adral.pt), Dialogue Café Novi Sad – Stefan Radojcic (s.radojcic@pf.uns.ac.rs)


[1] United Nations – https://www.un.org/sites/un2.un.org/files/idp_what_you_can_do_to_help_-_one-pager.pdf

Jun

24

Keeping mentally healthy amidst the Covid-19 pandemic 0 Reply

Kindly note that this session has been postponed and will take place within the International Day of Mental Heatlh. Keep posted or contact us to know more!

As COVID-19 continues spreading in many countries and will stay with us for a while, posing a serious threat to our health, security and lives, our societies are facing unprecedented challenges, especially with regard to social interaction, information, health, education and even global governance and leadership.

In response to the spread of COVID-19 and the immediate consequences of this unprecedented crisis, members of Dialogue Café network convened a global videoconference cycle of sessions aimed at sharing ideas and strategies with the aim of analysing how best to minimise the paradigm disruption worldwide.

Dialogue Café Network in cooperation with its partners and other relevant stakeholders from affected countries and beyond, are coming together for connecting ideas and experiences around some of the major issues provoked by this pandemic. This cycle of sessions will focus in the fields of digital competencies, mental health, information, and global governance with the aim of providing a digital space to specialists, representatives of public, private and third sectors, entrepreneurs as well as the general public to share experiences, ideas and expertise in responding to this new emergency.

3rd Session – Keeping mentally healthy amidst the Covid-19 pandemic?

Since March 2020, most countries in the world have been in lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, increasing exponentially in people the experience of fear to the new uncertainty or the unknown. The principal factor of fear is to contract the virus, however significant changes to our daily lives as mobility restrictions and social distancing are additional factors increasing the level of distress in people. Moreover, the economic and employment crisis derived from COVID-19 pandemic are creating difficult situations for many social groups who are more exposed to anxiety and depression feelings. The World Health Organisation is providing advice and guidance to governments and workers of health institutions in general to better look after mental health. There is a risk of massive mental health crisis in the coming months due to COVID-19, according to a policy brief issued by the United Nations last 14th of May. Specific population groups – such as health workers, children and adolescents, older people, people with pre-existing mental issues, people working from home – are at particular risk.

In this framework, Dialogue Café Network would like to address the impact, positive or negative, of COVID-19 in mental health issues through the following questions and other proposed by participants in the discussion: i) how stigmatised is mental health in your country and how?; ii) which are the major challenges with regard to mental health in times of COVID-19 pandemic?; iii) Which are the best strategies and mechanism to ensure mentally health society?

The online debate organised will take place via Dialogue Café videoconference system. Registration is mandatory. The debate will be moderated by a member of Dialogue Café Network through questions and the exchange of experiences. External participants will have the possibility of sharing their questions through chat to experts and guest involved.

Provisional programme

  • Leida Tolentino, Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience – DC Praia
  • Emilija Jeremić, Professor, Faculty of Psychology – DC Belgrade
  • Representative of HEART – DC Novi Sad
  • Haris E. Imamović, DC Novi Pazar

Ensure your participation and join us!

Get in touch to know more.

Jun

8

Misinformation and confusion. How to tackle fake news? 0 Reply

As COVID-19 continues spreading in many countries and will stay with us for a while, posing a serious threat to our health, security and lives, our societies are facing unprecedented challenges, especially with regard to social interaction, information, health, education and even global governance and leadership.

In response to the spread of COVID-19 and the immediate consequences of this unprecedented crisis, members of Dialogue Café network convened a global videoconference cycle of sessions aimed at sharing ideas and strategies with the aim of analysing how best to minimise the paradigm disruption worldwide.

Dialogue Café Network in cooperation with its partners and other relevant stakeholders from affected countries and beyond, are coming together for connecting ideas and experiences around some of the major issues provoked by this pandemic. This cycle of sessions will focus in the fields of digital competencies, mental health, information, and global governance with the aim of providing a digital space to specialists, representatives of public, private and third sectors, entrepreneurs as well as the general public to share experiences, ideas and expertise in responding to this new emergency.

Since March 2020, due to COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, the use of either social media, search engines, video sites and messaging applications (or combinations of these) to get news has increased in most countries (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism) as well as the spread of false news and misinformation giving their nature to readily share information. Most relevant social networks such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube, among others, published a joint statement to combat misinformation. As more people are using social media for news and updates, trusting content is more difficult to reach.

In this framework, Dialogue CafĂ© Network would like to address how better to fight misinformation and contribute to the identification of mechanisms that better determine if the information is accurate. With this purpose, special guests invited will address the following questions and other proposed by participants in the discussion: i) Are fake news good business for social media companies? If yes, which role can they play to fight the stop the spread of mis-information?; ii) How to improve media literacy skills in COVID-19 times? iii) How to promote the use of other means of evidence and enhances trustworthiness? 

Online debate organised will take place via Dialogue Café videoconference system. Registration is mandatory. The debate will be moderated by a member of Dialogue Café Network through questions and the exchange of experiences. External participants will have the possibility of sharing their questions through chat to experts and guest involved.

Moderation:

  • Uroš Andjelkovic, Dialogue CafĂ© Serbia – Dialogue CafĂ© Belgrade
  • Dalia Sendra, Dialogue CafĂ© Association – Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon

Special guests:

  • Gustavo Cardoso, Full Professor of Communication Sciences at ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute, Portugal and a member of the Innovation Lab Annenberg School of Communication and World Internet Project both based at the University of Southern California – DC Lisbon
  • Ana Pinto Martinho, Professor at ISCTE-IUL and Editor at the European Journalism Observatory website – DC Lisbon 
  • Gabriela Oliveira, Project manager at Two Impulse, chatbot to combat “fake news” and answering specific questions about the Coronavirus – DC Evora
  • Representative of Rádio Campanário – Vila Viçosa – DC Evora
  • Dušan KovaÄŤević, Faculty of political science – DC Belgrade
  • Marija Maric, Public policy coordinator, Centre for youth work – DC Novi Sad
  • Branislava Aradjan, Junior Chamber International Novi Sad, President – DC Novi Sad
  • Nurete Brenner, Director of Ecological Leadership, Lake Erie Institute – Dialogue CafĂ© Cleveland, CWRU-Siegal

Keep posted to know more about the programme. Ensure your registration and share your experience and ideas!

For further information, get in touch.

Dialogue Café Association and Dialogue Café Lisbon – Dalia Sendra (daliasendra@casadoregalo.pt), Dialogue Café Belgrade – Biljana Vukosavljevic (unaserbia@gmail.com), Dialogue Café Cidade de Praia – Indira Pires (ipires@institutopedropires.org.cv), Dialogue Café Cleveland – Karen Laurence (kal179@case.edu) Dialogue Café Évora – Margarida Oliveira/FEA (margarida.oliveira@fea.pt) & Ana Rita Valido/ADRAL (ana.valido@adral.pt), Dialogue Café Novi Sad – Biljana Vukosavljevic (unaserbia@gmail.com)

Jun

2

Beyond Covid-19: Digital Skills 0 Reply

As COVID-19 continues spreading in many countries and will stay with us for a while, posing a serious threat to our health, security and lives, our societies are facing unprecedented challenges, especially with regard to social interaction, information, health, education and even global governance and leadership.

In response to the spread of COVID-19 and the immediate consequences of this unprecedented crisis, members of Dialogue Café network convened a global videoconference cycle of sessions aimed at sharing ideas and strategies with the aim of analysing how best to minimise the paradigm disruption worldwide.

Dialogue Café Network in cooperation with its partners and other relevant stakeholders from affected countries and beyond, are coming together for connecting ideas and experiences around some of the major issues provoked by this pandemic. This cycle of sessions will focus in the fields of digital competencies, mental health, information, and global governance with the aim of providing a digital space to specialists, representatives of public, private and third sectors, entrepreneurs as well as the general public to share experiences, ideas and expertise in responding to this new emergency.

Digital Skills Beyond Covid-19

Since March 2020, most countries in the world have been in lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic increasing exponentially the use of digital services allowing videoconferencing and online collaboration by people, public institutions, private companies and of course, entrepreneurs with the aim of keeping the work going on while staying safe at home. However a high percentage of the society locked and forced to work from home had to quickly learn how better use these tools to continue working during the lockdown. Digital competence, which refers to the confident and critical usage of the full range of digital technologies for information, communication and basic problem-solving in all aspects of life, is nowadays one of the eight key competences. According to the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp) it includes 5 areas five areas (information and data literacy; communication and collaboration; digital content creation; safety; and problem solving) and 21 competences. However, only 31% of the EU population possess advanced internet user skills according to the Digital Agenda Scoreboard 2019 and 11% have never been online.

In this framework, Dialogue Café Network would like to address how better to increase digital competence and digital skills, especially after the pandemic through the following questions and other proposed by participants in the discussion: i) what are the most relevant skills required to work online; ii) how can companies and institutions better strengthen employees´ skills for the digital age?; iii) which are the best solutions and measures to navigate Europe’s economy through the crisis provoked by the covid-19 pandemic?

Online debate organised will take place via Dialogue Café videoconference system. Registration is mandatory. The debate will be moderated by a member of Dialogue Café Network through questions and the exchange of experiences. External participants will have the possibility of sharing their questions through chat to experts and guest involved.

Special guests:

  • Dialogue Cafe Cidade de Praia
    • Ivandro Ribeiro, Creative Director of Bonako
  • Dialogue Cafe Evora
    • Lucas RomĂŁo, Senior Program Manager, Cloud at N3
  • Dialogue CafĂ© Lisboa
    • Miana Carneiro, UCP, MEDICI Project on Digital Inclusion
  • Dialogue CafĂ© Belgrade
    • Uroš Andjelkovic, Dialogue CafĂ© Serbia (moderator)
    • Vanja Aleksandrova Popov, Regional brand building executive at Unilever Romania
  • Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Sad
    • Stefan Radoicic, Dialogue CafĂ© Serbia (moderator)
    • Guest: tbc.

Ensure your registration and share your experience and ideas!

For further information, get in touch.

Dialogue Café Association and Dialogue Café Lisbon – Dalia Sendra (daliasendra@casadoregalo.pt), Dialogue Café Belgrade – Biljana Vukosavljevic (unaserbia@gmail.com), Dialogue Café Cidade de Praia – Indira Pires (ipires@institutopedropires.org.cv), Dialogue Café Cleveland – Karen Laurence (kal179@case.edu) Dialogue Café Évora – Margarida Oliveira/FEA (margarida.oliveira@fea.pt) & Ana Rita Valido/ADRAL (ana.valido@adral.pt), Dialogue Café Novi Sad – Biljana Vukosavljevic (unaserbia@gmail.com)