Donors to the Project: United Nations Development Programme - Action for Cooperation and Trust (UNDP-ACT) and the European Commission Representation in Cyprus
Implementing Parties: Cyprus 2015 and Interpeace
Dates: 01/05/2009 - 30/09/2011
The main objective of Cyprus 2015 Project was to contribute towards the development of a public atmosphere and social dynamics that promote and sustain a constructive inter-communal engagement for the discussion and solution of the Cyprus problem. During its Phase I, three public opinion polls were conducted, examining several dimensions of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot public opinion. By providing objective research, including polling data, and respectful dialogue between relevant stakeholders, Cyprus 2015 provided feedback to the leaders regarding public opinion and concerns. The poll findings were also used for developing a road map for the constructive engagement and participation of the wider public in the peace process, in a way that will enhance the sense of societal ownership – and by extension the long-term viability – of any future political settlement. In addition, the project held both inter-communal and intra-communal stakeholder panels in order to be as inclusive as possible, seeking input from “unusual suspects” not generally associated with bi-communal projects or workshops. Reports and visual documentaries containing the specific recommendations for each research module (i.e. “Daily Life” and “Sustainable Development”), the coverage of polling data in the media and in public events were utilized to raise awareness and generate a positive public atmosphere for conflict resolution and the peace process.