About Sozopol Foundation

Silver coinf of Apollonia, V century BC

Silver coin of Apollonia, V century BC

Sozopol Foundation was established by Mr. Kiril Arnautski in December 2002 to operate in public benefit for the:

• Promotion of awareness of the public about environmental protection, tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Implementation of best practices and innovative methods in pursuit of these objectives;

• Promotion of national values – material and spiritual, with the mechanisms of international cooperation, supporting cross-border cooperation to benefit the people and development;

• Cooperation with the competent international governmental and non-governmental organizations, active in the field of cultural heritage, preservation of nature and ensuring an accessible environment for people with disabilities;

• Supporting social integration and personal development of people with specific abilities.

Sozopol Foundation is the first Bulgarian non-governmental organization adopted as a consultative partner of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on February 3, 2012.

Sozopol Foundation was one of the ten members of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee for a couple of biennial year terms, from 2012 to 2014 and from 2014 to 2016. The promotion of active cooperation and coordination of non-governmental organizations from Eastern Europe in partnership with UNESCO is a priority for the Foundation.

Sozopol Foundation is a member of the League of Historical and Accessible Cities, a project of the European Foundation Centre in Brussels, Belgium. Thanks to the projects implemented by the Foundation, Sozopol is one of the six towns in Europe, part of the League.

The activity of Sozopol Foundation for the provisioning of sustainable tourism and accessible environment to people with disabilities is promoted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The Organization prepared and disseminated a special informational bulletin, part of which is devoted to Sozopol Foundation. The content is entirely consistent with selected topic for World Tourism Day 2016 “Tourism for All – promoting universal accessibility”.

Due to the active work for the conservation of natural and cultural heritage in the town of Sozopol, as well as for presenting Architectural and Historic Complex Southern Fortress Wall and Tower with a museum collection, Sozopol Foundation is the first Bulgarian organization that has won the prestigious Destination Award by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

On February 23, 2016 Sozopol Foundation was informed that it has been added to the NGO list of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, based in New York City.

The active work of Mr. Arnautski as a Chairman of Sozopol Foundation, in order to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the town of Sozopol, is the base in 2015 to be given to him the title of “honorary citizen” of the town of Sozopol.

International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO,
organized by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee with the support of Sozopol Foundation,
held in Sofia and Sozopol in the period 28-30 September 2014

International round table: “70 years UNESCO – peace through education, science and culture”,
organized by Sozopol Foundation in partnership with the National Commission of Bulgaria for UNESCO,
Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage under the auspices of UNESCO, Sofia,
and National the Palace of Culture, held in Sofia and Koprivshtitsa in the period 7-8 August 2015