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World Forum for Democracy 2017: Is populism a problem ?

Strasbourg, 8-10 November 2017

Please, find hereafter the Final report, Conclusions, Evaluation data .../...

First broad international initiative that helped recognise hate speech as human right abuse

STRASBOURG 10 APRIL 2018

Hate speech continues to poison public debate, and the urgency to counter it has not diminished over the past years. The youth campaign No Hate Speech Movement (NHSM) conducted by the Council of Europe in 2012-2017 as the first broad international initiative in this field has contributed to recognising hate speech as an abuse of human rights, and has offered valuable lessons for the future. This is a key message of the conference that has brought together some 150 representatives of national campaign committees, European campaign partners and youth organisations at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg today to evaluate the campaign and design way forward.

Statement and proposals of the Conference of INGOs on the ECHR

STRASBOURG 15 MARCH 2018

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe welcomes the initiative of the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers to continue the process of reform of the European Convention on Human Rights system, initiated in Interlaken in 2010. However, many provisions in the Draft Declaration of 5 February 2018 need to be rewritten in substance and in its wording in order to truly meet the future requirements and challenges of the system of protection of human rights in Europe.  The Conference of INGOs transmitted its declaration and proposals to the members of the Steering Committee on Human Rights and the Permanent Representations of the Member States of the Council of Europe.

Statement and proposals of the Conference of INGOs

CIVIL PARTICIPATION IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS

Visit of the conference of INGOs to Skopje - 26-27 March 2018

STRASBOURG 04/04/2018

A year ago, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" entered a new political dynamic marked by openness and democratic dialogue between public authorities and independent civil society. The importance of this change is necessary not only for this country but also for democratic security throughout the Western Balkan region. The current political climate is marked by the political will of policymakers and NGOs to establish a strategic partnership.

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe visits Member States to meet local NGOs and public authorities to introduce them to the Conference of INGOs, better understand the cooperation between NGOs and decision-makers and to discuss NGO participation in the public decision-making process. Certain legal frameworks are in place in countries in order to consult NGOs and to associate them in decision-making. 

 

The Conference of INGOs, at its meeting on 24 January, re-elected Anna Rurka as its President for a 2nd three year term and elected the members of its Bureau.  The bureau welcomes new faces:

 

President: Anna Rurka

The winter session of the Conference of INGOs will take place from 22 to 26 January 2018 (calendar).

On Wednesday 24 January, the INGO members will elect the President and the members of the Bureau of the Conference of INGOs for a three-year term. Candidates can be found on the Conference website: in English and in French

During the political debate on the situation of NGOs in the Member States, a representative of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights will present the report on the Challenges facing civil society working on human rights in the EU. The speakers will discuss the issue of freedom of association and NGO participation in public policies in Estonia and Serbia.

     First of all, please accept my best wishes for the new year. May 2018 be a year of peace and serenity full of strong and important moments, always positive ones. We need a united Europe and we are working to make it that. I wish you energy and courage to face the challenges and success in your daily actions. The session of the Conference of INGOs is approaching and we will open together a new working year . As you can see in the annual Activity Report, 2017 was very rich. I am pleased to see that the impulse given to the development of the Conference has provided visible and coherent results, highlighting the expertise arising from our activities. Thank you very much for your trust!