10th Anniversary of the Civil Society Dialogue Network
The Civil Society Dialogue Netowork (CSDN) is a mechanism for dialogue between civil society and EU policy-makers on peace and conflict. It was launched in July 2010 and has recently entered its fourth phase (2020-2023). The CSDN is co-financed by the EU through the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) and EPLO, and is managed by EPLO in co-operation with the European Commission (EC) and the European External Action Service (EEAS).
In ten years, a total of 123 dialogue meetings involving more than 5300 participants have taken place in the framework of the CSDN. The vast majority of them have been held in Brussels but they have also taken place in other EU Member States (Austria, Finland, France, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain) and in several partner countries (the Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Kenya, Myanmar, the Philippines, Uganda, and Ukraine).
Discussions in CSDN meetings have been focused on a wide range of topics, including climate change and conflict, the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus, the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions, women, peace and security; mediation, transitional justice, and EU conflict prevention practices. They have also been focused on specific conflict-affected countries and regions, including, the Central African Republic, the Horn of Africa, Iraq, the Lake Chad region, the Philippines, the Sahel, Syria, Uganda and Ukraine.
In addition to the various dialogue meetings, 13 training seminars on peacebuilding advocacy towards the EU have also been organised as part of the CSDN.
For more information about the CSDN, please visit the dedicated section of the EPLO website.