3. März 2008

Latvia invites for BALTIC SEA NGO FORUM 2008

On Monday, 12th of May and Tuesday, 13th of May 2008 Latvian NGOs will invite to the 7th BALTIC SEA NGO FORUM 2008 to Riga. Host organisation is Latvijas Pilsoniskas Alianse LPA (Civil Alianse Latvia), a NGO-lobby-organisation with more than 70 local members.

The BALTIC SEA NGO FORUM bases on a tradition back to 2001, when two such events have been organised in Kopenhagen / Denmark and in Luebeck / Germany. Since then a NGO Baltic Sea Network has been formed, consisting of a Focal Point (coordination) in each of the CBSS-countries, and those NGOs who are interested and active in the inter-sectional Baltic Sea Cooperation of the Non-Governmental Organisations. Parallel to the Council of Baltic Sea States a yearly NGO FORUM has been organised: 2002 in St.Petersburg/Russia, 2003 in Turku/Finland, 2004 in Paernu/Estonia, 2005 in Gdynia/Poland and 2006 in Stockholm/Sweden. Only the presidency of Iceland, which indeed is member of the CBSS, had to be left out, as Iceland could not afford to invite the NGOs to visit the nordic Island.

Now its Latvia's turn! It will be exiting to meet Latvian NGOs in Riga in May. But places for delegates are limited, so all those who might be interested to tell about their NGO-projects, activities, experiences, or who tend to find new partners, are asked to turn towards the national coordinators (Focal Points) for more information. A list of all Focal Points is to be found here. More information may be also accessible very soon at the Webpage of the host organisation LPA in Riga.

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