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Multi-stakeholder dialogue “Collective impact for peace - towards conflict-sensitive relations between North Macedonia and Bulgaria"

Posted on November 2023

The Multi-stakeholder dialogue "Collective impact for peace - Towards Conflict-Sensitive Relations between Bulgaria and North Macedonia" took place from 2nd to 4th November in Skopje, North Macedonia. This event is part of the project "Collective impact for peace", supported by the U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia, that is aimed at centering youth perspectives and agency at the heart of bridging the persistent and erupting divides between Bulgaria and North Macedonia. The project is supported by the U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia. 

The project encompass two activities: Participatory research with main aim to understand better the dynamics among young people about the bilateral relations between North Macedonia and Bulgaria, and the Multi-stakeholder dialogue forum that centers youth experiences, acquired knowledge and insights at various levels to generate scalable innovations for collaboration for peace.

During the event, we presented the results from the Research Analysis about the perceptions of the young people from Bulgaria and North Macedonia, regarding the neighborly relations between the two countries. The research was conducted by the Youth Alliance in the previous months, together with the network of partners from Bulgaria. The presentation summarized all the essential findings and knowledge that was gathered during the entire process, in the form of conclusions that will serve as legitimate data in the further process of involving young people in the development of good neighborly relations and cooperation between these two countries.

The event was opened with an official and warm welcome from Mr. Metodija Stojcheski, an Executive director of Youth Alliance – Krusevo; Ms. Augusta Philbin, acting public affairs officer and cultural attaché within U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia and H.E. Mr. Angel Alexandrov Angelov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Republic of North Macedonia.

During the next sessions, we had exquisite extinguished guests that shared their expertise on the topics, as well as offered their knowledge and critical thinking on answering the questions and discussions with our participants. 

Stay tuned with us because we are sharing the conclusions soon. 

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