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UNESCO Centre for Women and Peace in the Balkan Countries

National Network: 
Greece
Address: 
30, Ploutonos – G. Papandreou Street
THESSALONIKI
Greece
Telephone: 
## 30 2310 422270
Telephone (other): 
## 30 2310 423152
Fax: 
## 30 2310 422271
Mobile Phone: 
6944 296815 (Ms. Papachristopoulou – Tzitzikosta)
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
1994
General Information: 

UNESCO Centre for Women and Peace in the Balkan Countries is an international non-governmental non-profit organization, whose opening (in 1994) was approved through the resolution of the 27th General Conference of UNESCO.
The main sources of funding are the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Hellenic Aid), UNESCO (Participation Programme), European programs, private sponsors, foundations & other NGOs.
The Centre, in collaboration with intergovernmental organizations in the United Nations and European systems, with other NGOs, governmental bodies and academic institutions, conducts international congresses & meetings, development projects, training programmes, projects focusing on gender mainstreaming, intercultural dialogue and preservation of cultural diversity.

Mission and Objectives: 

The mission :
UNESCO Centre works for the building of the culture of peace and for women’s advancement.
The main objectives of the organization are :
- Establishing links of friendship and good understanding among women in the countries of the region through cooperation in common programs and activities;
- Promoting the respect of human rights and the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, encouraging women's advancement in all sectors (social, political, economic and cultural) and helping their empowerment;
- Supporting the implementation of UNESCO strategies aimed at preserving cultural diversity and at building the Culture of peace.

Main Projects / Activities: 

(a) International Congresses and conferences on themes pertaining to the mission of the Centre (1994 in Belgrade; 1995 in Sofia; 1997, 1998, 2003 & 2006 in Thessaloniki; 1998 in Nikosia; 1999 in Visby; 2004 in Athens)
(b) annual international training projects (1997-2003 on social development; 1998-2003 on civil and volunteer action; 2002-2005 youth programme on cultural diversity & intercultural dialogue)
(c) International Festivals “Woman creators of the two seas, the Mediterranean & the Black Sea” (in 1997, 2000 & 2006)
(d) participation in more than 120 international events,
(e) publications (21 titles in Greek, English & French)