“Local Networking for Sustainable Development” concluded in Prizren

Ivanka Mihailović

15. July 2014

“Local Networking for Sustainable Development” concluded in Prizren

After successfully organized seminars in Nis, Pec, Belgrade and study visit to the city of Rijeka in the Republic of Croatia, followed the realization of the final seminar, which was held from 27 to 29 June 2014 in Prizren.

The seminar, titled “Sustainable Waste Management and Regional Cooperation of Local Communities” aimed to highlight the problems and solutions for the disposal of waste in local governments, as well as the importance of public-private partnerships as a model that can be used to speed up the process of building regional landfills for waste. The seminar discussed sustainable development and the preservation of cultural heritage of cities and municipalities, with examples from the town of Prizren. The seminar participants visited the waste disposal site waste located close to Prizren.

One part of the program was implemented in interactive workshops, where emphasis was placed on strengthening regional cooperation and cooperation between municipalities from Serbia and Kosovo. At the end of the seminar participants were granted diplomas / certificates of participation in this project which lasted more than one year.

Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence has implemented this project in cooperation with the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society from Pristina.

Its goal was to promote local cooperation between Serbia and Kosovo*, to contribute to the development of democratic dialogue on issues of importance to sustainable development; to contribute to building human capacity through raising awareness and gaining new knowledge of local governments, civil society organizations in local communities, representatives of the academic and business communities; as well as to initiate and develop communication and cooperation between the decision makers of local communities in Serbia and Kosovo.

The group consisted of 30 participants (15 participants from Serbia and 15 participants from Kosovo).

The project was financially supported by the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Serbia.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.