Who CDF is?
The Cyprus Dialogue Forum is a non-formal dialogue that aims to support and complement the formal peace process in Cyprus. It is a safe space for broad based participation and knowledge sharing that has been created to act as an accompanying mechanism to the formal peace process.
In their founding joint statement the members of the Forum declared that 'through joint reflection and consensus building we believe this dialogue will address issues related to the Cyprus problem, by focusing and strengthening the flow of information between the wider society and the leaderships'. In the Forum, the organisations work together to support change through the creation of joint visions, options and consensus building instruments; through the development of common understandings and shared knowledge resources.
On the 12th March 2015, the member organisations publicly announced the creation of the Cyprus Dialogue Forum in a Common Declaration (English / Türkçe / Ελληνικά ) . The Forum consists of organisations from Political Parties, Trade Unions, Business and Professional Associations and Non-Governmental Organisations from the two communities.English / Turkish / Greek
Vision & Objectives
- supports and complements the formal negotiations and all political efforts to reach a mutually agreed federal solution, by creating options and submitting suggestions to the negotiation process.
- creates public awareness, acknowledges and incorporates the inputs of the wider public and helps to prepare both communities for a solution.
- creates common understandings, multi-perspectivity, shared visions of the future and builds a culture of co-existence.
- creates a space for citizens to raise and address issues that are not included in the formal political process.
Values & Principles
- creates a safe space for dialogue which upholds the values of respect and tolerance, trust, pluralism, freedom of speech and transparency.
- works in the spirit of consensus where consensus presupposes understanding and respect for different points of view, including disagreement and implies mutual accommodation on the basis of which agreement can emerge by a sincere process of adjustment among participants in the true spirit of dialogue.