Gaza/Brussels/London - September 11, 2012
The CEPR Palestinian representation welcomed Dr. René Wildangel, Director of the Arab Middle East Ramallah Branch Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation from Germany.
Dr. Ramy Abdu, the regional director of CEPR Gaza office, and his team gave a brief presentation on CEPR activities, its goals and mission and explained the importance of having a presence in Palestine.
Dr. René Wildangel introduced the Heinrich Böll Foundation as part of the Global Green Political Movement which seeks to encourage and facilitate cross-border initiatives and regional cooperation. He also explained that the foundation's activities in the Palestinian territories include strengthening civil society and democratic participation, advocating for women's rights and gender democracy, promoting environmental justice and sustainable development, in addition to organizing visitor programs to enhance dialogue and networking among civil society organizations.
During the visit, Dr. Wildangel and Dr. Abdu agreed that CEPR and Heinrich Böll Foundation have common interests and goals, and discussed ways of future cooperation like the possibility of organizing delegations of German and European parliamentarians to the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem.
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