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The three-day induction seminar, held 30 March – 1 April, was aimed at assisting Members of Parliaments to better understand and more effectively perform their roles. The Bougainville House of Representatives is a key institution to implement the Bougainville Peace Agreement. The initiative is part of UNDP’s ongoing efforts to support the parliamentary work in Papua New Guinea.
Leslie Gonye (Clerk-Assistant, Table and Sergeant-at-Arms, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament, Australia) and Steven Reynolds (Deputy Clerk, Legislative Council, NSW Parliament, Australia) provided their expertise on parliamentary procedure. Deryck Fritz, a Referendum Consultant, looked at the the processes involved with a successful referendum. The workshop is part of UNDP’s wider work within UN Peacebuilding Fund to support peaceful implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
Globally UNDP has been working with more than 60 parliaments in an effort to strengthen parliament as an institution of governance. Enter your information below to join our Email List and keep up with all the latest OFD news and events.
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We connect people of all countries and cultures because we believe that understanding one another is the best way to create peace. The great variety of organizations, backgrounds and experiences, which participants represented, made the exchange especially enriching. People to People International aims to foster international understanding through direct people-to-people contacts. Enable active European PTPI chapter leaders and representatives of other NGOs to meet, get to know each other and exchange experiences.
PTPI's Leadership Seminar brought together 25 participants from 18 different countries: Armenia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine. As human beings, we share many qualities, but we all have different physical characteristics, person-alities, interests, lifestyles, manners, patterns of behaviour, habits and set of values, which are, however, not worse or better, just dissimilar. Not only did the seminar improve our intercultural and leadership skills, but also it increased our project management skills for our voluntary work. The intercultural learning experience was too great to express in words and certainly cannot be described in one report, let alone the impact it had on me. Thank you PTPI staff Lars, Verena and Laura for making everything that happened possible, for bringing about a positive difference to the lives of so many people, and for showing us part of the story of a formerly divided city - the Reichstag, the Brandenburger Tor, the Holocaust Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie. The PTPI Europe for Intercultural Learning Seminar brought together many PTPI chapters and several other organizations. I would like to just briefly mention some of the content: stereotypes, discrimination, the Iceberg Concept of Culture are just some terms and names that the seminar covered. A small and very fortunate group - Susanna, Marketa, Katerina, Helca, Rolf, Lars and I - had the opportunity to go to the Institute of Cultural Democracy (ICD). I also enjoyed the Project Development sessions where participants were able to listen in and participate in brainstorming and presentation of possible and future joint projects to be carried out.
Thank you very much, Lars, Verena and Laura for a great job in arranging a very enriching seminar. It is an honor to be a part of the PTPI network working towards promoting peace through understanding.
Aim: Fostering and encouraging voluntary work and cultural attitude towards the subject within the European Union. Short Description: Youth exchange for young people ages 18-25, financed through the Youth in Action Programme, to inform about voluntary work and produce a European guide to volunteering.
Participants will gain greater knowledge and understanding of the other countries and cultures involved. Participants will gain an overview of voluntary work and the opportunities available in Europe.
Participants will gain firs hand experience of volunteering and skills required to become a good volunteer. Participants are able to use their experiences of the exchange and their creative abilities to produce a European guide to volunteering. Short Description: Participating organizations and people create audio books for blind people to give blind students access to more information.
Short Description: The participants from different countries explore different aspects of the Jewish culture through research in study groups and write essays, which are published in a booklet.

Short Description: International summer camp for two weeks in the United Kingdom, where participants have the opportunity to live a multicultural experience by taking part in a variety of workshops culminating in an intercultural festival.
Aims: The camp is dedicated to embracing our common humanity by empowering youth through education, recreation and leadership development on the basis of common interests.
Short Description: International youth summer camp in Sweden focusing on the themes xenophobia, violence and teambuilding.
PTPI's international leadership seminar is a special program to support the presidents of PTPI adult and university chapters, the adult advisors of PTPI student chapters as well as PTPI trustees. Twenty-four PTPI leaders from PTPI student, university and adult chapters in the following countries took part in this year's leadership seminar: Albania, Bulgaria, Sweden, Ukraine, France, Bulgaria, Belgium, Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland, Moldova, Estonia, Armenia, Hungary, Georgia and Romania. During the Leadership Seminar participants have continuously been expressing their views and ideas. I have never been in a group with so many nationalities, and I sincerely hope that these friendships will go on, as there is already great value in just having the chance to meet so many different people. Let’s appreciate the communication between the different age levels and use the opportunity wisely.
Making PTPI visible is very good, but we need to be clear about the purpose and what reasoning we use to do so.
It is so nice to see so many different people who are strangers to one another coming together and opening up so quickly. Please click here to download the workshop results, which we have compiled in a PDF document. Now is the time to develop professionally and personally—get more exposure to family medicine outside the walls of your institution. To hear from current resident and student leaders, watch this video and learn more about their experiences.
Residents and students to serve on AAFP commissions, teams, and task forces for the 2016 term. Application materials and more information about each of the open positions can be found on the AAFP website.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in comments published in Weekly Family Medicine Update (WFMU) are those of the writers alone. The information and opinions published in Weekly Family Medicine Update represent the views of the authors, not those of the publication or OAFP unless otherwise stated. The workshop covered key aspects of Parliament’s work, operational procedures, role of women in leadership and more. The elected parliamentarians, who form the Bougainville House of Representative, play a vital role in decision making under the Autonomous Bougainville Government. It aims to deepen democracy, strengthen the rule of law and promote good governance through effective leadership. All the sessions were very empowering for our members and will make them better parliamentarians” said Francisca Semoso, Deputy Speaker, Bougainville House of Representatives.
Mark Burton (former New Zealand MP and Minister), Geoffrey Lee (Member of  New South Wales Legislative Assembly in Australia) and Freda Tuki (Minister of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, Solomon Islands) provided a political perspective. By providing its assistance, in partnership with all other partners, UNDP contributes to building peace and democratic governance critical for the successful achievement of social and economic development in Bougainville and PNG. The program included a variety of workshops related to teambuilding, intercultural learning, project development and project management. Participants learned more about each other’s countries and cultures, discussed the causes of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination, and explored Milton Bennett’s Development Model of Intercultural Sensitivity as well as Gert Hofstede’s dimensions to compare cultures. PTPI’s international leadership seminar is a special program to support and connect the leaders of volunteer organizations in Europe.
Such direct people-to-people contacts deepen mutual understanding of one another's cultures and foster trust among participants. And the exciting challenge is to learn to look at this diversity from a positive perspective, to respect otherness and to live together peacefully in to-day’s multicultural societies, relating to each other at an equal level, overcoming negative prejudices and stereotypes, so societies change into intercul-tural. It also encouraged cooperation between PTPI chapters and other NGOs in Europe in the devel-opment of joint international projects that enhance intercultural learning and international friendship.
During the interactive exercises “What do we know about each other’s countries?” I was sur-prised to find that one of the participants knew that Bulgaria has medallists in many sports. We presented our countries with food (which lasted until the last day), drinks, information materials, pictures, songs, dances and performances. I did not expect to meet at the farewell dinner two compatriots (freshmen at German universities) who before leaving sug-gested we keep in touch to provide support and friendship. If, however, keeping in mind everything that happened during that one week, I have to think of one word in my native language that describes it, then it is: Благодаря! We also received a comprised presentation followed by discussions of a couple of theoretical and academic approaches from Milton Bennett and Geert Hofstede.

Delegations from each participating country will meet in Berlin to exchange their knowledge, to explore Jewish sights in Berlin and to get to know representatives of the Jewish community. The camp will take a multi-faceted approach to teaching the values of a peacemaker through a focus on conflict resolution and human rights using creative art, music, dance and sports activities. Below is a list of quotes with thoughts, remarks and inspirations that have been shared in the course of the seminar. PTPI's Leadership Seminar is a special program to support and connect the leaders of PTPI chapters in Europe. Full application packets are due to the OAFP by Friday, August 21, so that they can be sent to the AAFP before the Tuesday, September 8, deadline.
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MPs also had an opportunity to learn from the experiences from the Australian, New Zealand, and Solomon Island Parliaments. Participants exchanged experiences and enhanced their intercultural, project management and cooperation skills. During the seminar, participants discovered a number of new methods to encourage intercultural learning and exchanged ideas for projects. The professional backgrounds of participants were equally diverse including students, teachers, managers, reporters, civil servants and more. In another brainstorming activity “Differences and Similarities of our Cultures” during the first round, we had to identify a custom or tradition unique to our countries. In one given by the Albanian, Bulgarian and Macedonian participants, there were plenty of hugs and kisses. Maintaining continuity should become part of the ability to lead our organization, and it is what the seminar "Volunteers for Intercultural Learning" was about. Worth mentioning is a presentation of Concero by Englishmen Alex Hempton-Smith and James Langford.
My camera went with me wherever I went, enabling me to capture as many memorable moments I could. The best part was, of course, meeting and spending time with my "old" and "new" friends… but there is a downside in that: perhaps not seeing and meeting them ever again, or not in weeks, months or years.
It is also possible to record books in foreign languages or about other countries to encourage learning more about other countries and cultures. We would also like to thank PTPI's Berlin Chapter for support with homestay and evening programs.
The seminar enabled our leaders to meet, exchange experiences, improve cooperation, specify challenges and problems of PTPI and PTPI chapters in Europe, formulate goals to make PTPI and its programs more successful and develop strategies to realize those goals. Comments are automatically posted live; however, OAFP reserves the right to take down comments at any time. They also visited four intercultural organizations in Berlin: Europeans for Peace, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Schuler Helfen Leben, MitOst and Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg.
However, it turned out that several countries share our “uniqueness” and so the outcome was a clear manifestation of our similarities. I learned this way of oral evaluation of an event from Verena during the 2008 European Youth Forum.
There is a lot of ongoing research and study so that we can increase our knowledge about the many different cultures, their differences and similarities. I know that many of us will succeed in staying in touch thanks to the very popular social media network, Facebook, but also via Skype! The output of the consultative workshop will be a Board Resolution Adopting/Prescribing a National Competency-Based Standards for Librarians. Participants developed five different projects with the aim of encouraging intercultural learning and international understanding.
This made us want to learn more about one another’s countries during the time spent together. Intercultural Learning is a topic of much interest due to globalization and the importance of cultural studies. At the end of the camp, a dance performance by the artistic ambassadors of PTPI’s Karlstad Chapter and a photography exhibition will be organized at the youth meeting place “UNO”. I highly recommend a visit to the organization if you are in Berlin; and hopefully, a field trip to ICD will be offered to all the participants at next year’s Leadership Seminar.

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