The Onassis Foundation, in an effort to meet the needs of the present and take on the challenges of the future, has developed a series of social, educational, cultural and developmental initiatives, making a bold statement when it comes to important events and serious issues of our times. Among them:
The Onassis Foundation organized the 3rd Civil Society Days (CSD) in Athens on 2-3 November, in tandem with the 2009 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). These two events took place successively: the first on the level of representatives from Civil Society, and the second with the participation of representatives from United Nations member-states. Τhe Global Forum is a states-led, voluntary, informal, and non-binding dialogue focusing on how migration can help achieve development goals.
The overarching theme for the 3rd Civil Society days was: “Integrating Migration Policies into Development Strategies for the Benefit of All.”
There were two days of Civil Society consultations and roundtable discussions and, following an initiative of the Onassis Foundation, on the last day there was an interface between the Civil Society and the Governments, for the first time in the history of the Forum.
Τhe Onassis Foundation established the “Hestia” Onassis International Prize in Immigrant Integration and Human Development in view of rewarding a remarkable social and pioneering initiative of immigrant integration and human development. The Prize is accompanied by a monetary award of €50,000.
The Prize for the year 2009 was bestowed in Athens, during the closing ceremony of the Civil Society Days Forum, which was organized by the Onassis Foundation on the 3rd November 2009 on the Humanitarian Organization “Médecins du Monde-Greece” for its initiative “Open Polyclinic”.
The Prize for the year 2010 was bestowed in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, host country of the
CSD of the 4th Global Forum on Migration and Development,
organised by the BBVA Bancomer Foundation, on the Mexican Association of Credit Unions from the Social Sector (AMUCSS) for their project “Banking Transnational Rural Indigenous Communities in Mexico: Remittances, Microfinance and Local Development”
For more information on the 3rd Civil Society Days organised by the Onassis Foundation you may visit the website: http://www.gfmd2009.org/
The 1st and 2nd Civil Society Days of the Global Forum on Migration and Development took place in 2008 in Belgium and in 2008 in the Philippines, the 4th one took place in Mexico in 2010, while the 5th will be held in Switzerland in 2011.