Donor: United Nations Development Programme - Action for Cooperation and Trust (UNDP-ACT)
Implementing parties: Cyprus 2015 and Interpeace
Dates: 01/10/2011 - 31/12/2012
During its second phase, Cyprus 2015 produced its first policy paper, titled ‘Negotiating the Core Issues’, right on time for the January 2012 Greentree meeting between the community leaders. The policy paper was discussed with the leadership and their teams and was submitted to the UN Good Offices in Cyprus as well as the UN offices in New York. This targeted policy paper informed the negotiating teams and wider society about the state of public opinion on the issues under discussion while suggesting ways forward and ensuring greater public ownership of the peace process.
The findings and recommendations presented in this paper laid the foundations for further discussion on these topics with the leaderships. Later on, the Project conducted and published its fourth public opinion poll, which provided a comprehensive analysis into how the public could be effectively engaged in order to ensure a “double Yes” in a future referendum. Essentially, it acted as a guiding model for the factors influencing support or opposition to the peace-process such as risk-aversion, materialism, religiosity and the cost-benefit analysis of reaching a political settlement on the island.
Based on these poll results, Cyprus 2015 produced an executive summary and proposed five key principles to help unlock the deadlocks by making the peace process more inclusive. Through this document, Cyprus 2015 presented a roadmap for a more participatory framework that will allow multiple processes to progress in parallel, leading to cumulative progress in internal and international substantive dossiers while simultaneously building societal trust. Throughout this process, Cyprus 2015 also put great emphasis on gender participation (in reference to UNSC Resolution 1325) advocating the vital role that women must play within the peace process, thereby increasing their capacity as decision makers.
Upon completion of a comprehensive capacity assessment and capacity-building, Cyprus 2015 evolved into the “Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development” (SeeD) and was institutionalized as a Brussels-based think-tank in late 2012.