Dialogue initiatives offer perspectives for reconciliation in Ukraine. Dialogue therefore serves as a precondition for the (re-)establishment of an inclusive Ukrainian society and creates opportunities for mutual respectful cooperation between the people concerned. The Platform for Dialogue and Conflict Resolution is providing a neutral space for different actors within and outside Ukraine to improve relationships, to discuss their experiences and perceptions, to dismantle hostile images, to promote mutual understanding and solidarity and to consolidate a potential process of reconciliation as well as to identify possible channels for cooperation across conflict divides.
The platform – established in Austria – wants to take the opportunity of the Austrian OSCE chairmanship, which is accompanied by increased international attention, to promote a necessary re-focus on the situation in Ukraine, its (long-term) impact on its population and the whole region, to promote a wider understanding of the armed conflict in Ukraine, its background and possible future, and to support people trying to overcome division and hatred through peaceful means. The platform intends to facilitate, support and provide an acceptable, diverse and respectful framework for fruitful discussions. Its aim is to make a difference through appreciative cooperation.
Platform for Dialogue and Conflict Resolution in Ukraine – Project partners and representatives
Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), Stadtschlaining
Jakob C. Fürst, Project coordinator at ASPR
Georg Blaha, School partnership project coordinator at ASPR
Grüne Bildungswerkstatt, Vienna Andreas Novy, Director
Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation, Vienna Wilfried Graf, Director
International Institute for Peace (IIP), Vienna Hannes Swoboda, President, MEP ret.
Stephanie Fenkart, Director
Gerhard Marchl, Head of Dpt. on European Politics
Parliamentary Group of the Green Party
Tanja Windbüchler-Souschill, MP
Claudia Stadler, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation Peter Steyrer, EU Coordination
Society for Eurasian Studies (EURAS), Vienna Alexander Dubowy, Secretary-general
● tranzit.at, Vienna Georg Schöllhammer, Project head; Michaela Geboltsberger, Project coordinator
Vienna, February 2017
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