Press Release: Living Together – UNITED Conference in Republic of Macedonia

UNITED Press Release 26-10-2016

What causes conflicts between people and nations? How can these conflicts be resolved? What measures can be taken to ensure that communities recover from past conflicts? What can civil society organisations do to help communities to live together? These are the questions that will be tackled by around 75 activists at the UNITED conference near Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia.

From 26-31 October, around 75 activists representing civil society organisations from over 25 European countries are meeting near Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia for the UNITED conference “Living Together: Transform a divided past into our common future”.

Focusing on the topic of national reconciliation and nation-building, the conference will offer participants the opportunity to learn about and discuss the topic, exchange ideas and best practices, and to network with other like-minded activists from all over Europe. Participants will work together to produce a manual outlining a best practice for work on national reconciliation, and will also work on plans for future UNITED network campaigns.

UNITED programme coordinator Balint Josa said: “In our increasingly fractured societies, the question of how to live together in harmony is just as important as ever. The participants have a wealth of experience and expertise to share, and I am looking forward to a productive conference that will further strengthen the UNITED network.”

Conference local host, Florim Rexhepi of Center for Intercultural Dialogue, said: “Living Together is the aim of our common future, and I believe that through this conference we will share and find different mechanisms for advancing the dialogue between conflicting groups. Being in Macedonia is an excellent opportunity to explore our path towards peace.”

You can stay up-to-date with news from the conference on the UNITED website (, the UNITED Conference Facebook page (UNITEDNetworkConference), the UNITED Twitter feed (@UNITED__Network) and via the hashtags #LivingTogether and #UNITED16.

UNITED for Intercultural Action is a European network of over 550 organisations who work together to tackle the common problems of racism, nationalism, fascism, and to support the rights of migrants, refugees and minorities.

This event has been organised with the financial support of the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe, the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. The event reflects the views only of the organisers, and the sponsors cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Jonathan Karstadt