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Statement of Anna Rurka, President of the conference of INGOs

Today February 27th, the Conference of INGOs celebrated World NGO Day for the first time at the Council of Europe with a debate on “Why do we need NGOs? - (I)NGO contribution to the work and to the mandate of the Council of Europe”. The event gathered a variety of stakeholders, including representatives of Civil Society, Permanent representations of Council of Europe Members States, prominent Human Rights activists, students and members of the Secretariat of the Council of Europe. We were particularly delighted to welcome Marcis Liors Skadmanis, founder of the international calendar day for Non-governmental organizations, ‘World NGO Day’.

INGOs enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe are partners of the Council of Europe bodies and institutions with regard to standard setting, monitoring and implementation of activities. However, most of them agree that there is room for improvement to make this contribution less sectorial and more visible.

Dear members of the Conference of INGOs, 

You are cordially invited to attend the debate organised by the Conference of INGOs on the occasion of World NGO Day entitled “Why do we need NGOs? - (I)NGO contribution to the work and to the mandate of the Council of Europe”.  

This debate will highlight the invaluable contribution of (I)NGOS to the Council of Europe’s work be it in standard setting, monitoring or co-operation activities. They will also look at the cost to (I)NGOs, and their members, of working for human rights, democracy and the rule of law in a context of democratic decline.  The final panel will focus on a Conference of INGOs  message to the Committee of Ministers about future perspectives for NGO participation in the Council of Europe.

Merry Christmas


“But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, but he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide fairly for the land’s afflicted...”

Isaïe 11, 1-4

Let us wish ourselves, as well as our fellow citizens and rulers, to practise these virtues and that this Hope will bring you Peace and Joy!

Happy New Year 2019

Call on Civil Society to disseminate the recommendation of the Council of Europe on the need to strengthen the protection and promotion of civil society space in Europe.

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a recommendation to member States to take effective measures to protect and promote civil society space. Civil society organizations are invited to bring this recommendation to the attention of national authorities, ask for its translation into the national language and monitor its implementation by their governments.

Committee on Democracy, Social cohesion and Global Challenges
Transversal working group on Social and territorial cohesion
Dear colleagues and friends,
Let me forward hereby the recommendation adopted by the Standing Committee on behalf of the Conference of INGOs
You can widely spread this attached text in your networks.
Anne Marie Chavanon, Co-coordinator of the Transversal WG on Social and territorial cohesion, Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, will be in Katowice during the second week of COP24.
Thank you for telling me if any of you will be there and if your NGOs are contributing to some actions
Thank you in advance for your commitment and cooperation!
Ph. Grolleau

Please be informed that the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), composed of experts representing the forty-seven member States of the Council of Europe, has organised a half-day workshop, on 29 November 2018 afternoon in Strasbourg, entitled “Protection and promotion of the civil society space in Europe”. All relevant information, including the programme of the workshop, are available on our website.

You will find in attachment the Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)11 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the need to strengthen the protection and promotion of civil society space in Europe.

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 28 November 2018 at the 1330th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)

Information from the Conference of INGOs migration task force

The Standing Committee has created a migration task force whose presentation can be found on the website of the Conference of INGOs. The main objective of the task force is to integrate the concerns of INGOs working with migrants into the reflections and work of all the entities of the Conference.

To better achieve these objectives, the migration task force invites you to enter into dialogue with it by using the dedicated e-mail address : .

In order to gather some preliminary information on your activities related to migrations, the task force proposes you to fill in the attached form. You should first save the document on your device, then fill it out and return it by email to .

Gender Equality : Whose Battle ?

The World forum for democracy 2018 will be dedicated to gender equality and women’s rights. We will focus in particular on women’s public, political and economic participation and on combating violence against women in the wake of #MeToo. The Forum will take place in Strasbourg from 19 to 21 November 2018.