CoE : World Forum for Democracy 2017

Is Populism a Problem ?

Strasbourg, 8-10 November 2017

The 2017 World Forum for Democracy will focus on the role of political parties and media in the context of rising populism. A growing disconnect between citizens and political elites and dramatic changes in the media ecosystem are a challenge for democracy as we know it. New political and media actors and practices are emerging, offering opportunities for direct, unmediated engagement of the public, unbound by ethical or institutional safeguards. How can pluralism, freedom of expression, and fair and evidence-based public debate be safeguarded in these new conditions? How to nourish political culture which embraces a long-term perspective and resists the excesses of populism?

Read more: Concept paper


CoE : News from the Summer Session of the Conference of INGOS, 26-30 June 2017



Among the many varied debates organised during the week, some of the highlights were:

  • A Side event organised in co-operation with PACE Committee on Equality and non-discrimination: "Women's mobilization in Europe 2016: What impact on policies?"
  • A debate/training session "How to fight against discrimination and hate speech in the post-truth era"
  • A debate on the “populist wave in Europe” on the basis of the Secretary General’s latest report
  • The situation of NGOs in member States with reports from the visits led by the President of the Conference to Hungary and Ireland and the meetings held with NGOs from Cyprus and Turkey
  • The Conference adopted a Recommendation “Human Rights and Business” encouraging members States to implement the actions recommended in Committee of Ministers Recommendation (2016)3.

(Re full text in attachment)


CoE : Highlights from the winter session of the Conference of INGOs


Meeting from January 23rd to 27th, 2017 in Strasbourg, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe brought together some 300 INGO delegates, experts, parliamentarians and permanent representatives of Council of Europe member states who discussed several major issues of concern today :


  • freedom of expression and of association in Turkey following the attempted coup on 15 July 2016,
  • the situation of NGOs in member States at a time when civil society space is shrinking,
  • the regulation of the activities of multinationals for a better respect of human rights and local development,
  • the surveillance of lawyers and the need for standards safeguarding client confidentiality,
  • the information society, progress made and the threats facing public authorities and NGO.

CoE : World Forum for Democracy 2016 highlights and its conclusions

Dear participants,

Two new videos presenting the World Forum for Democracy 2016 highlights and its conclusions have just been released. Aimed at our participants and the wide audience, the videos describe the challenges faced this year at the Forum and show the scope of its activities through the best highlights.

The videos are available both in a short and long version:

We are also happy to inform you that we are currently working final report.                 

We hope you will enjoy this unique way of recalling the Forum.

Thank you again for your participation and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

Best Regards,              

World Forum for Democracy

Council of Europe

F-67075 Strasbourg

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COMECE : europeinfos #198-November 2016

Editorial, Michael Kuhn: Through the eyes of the poor 


  • US elections and the catholic vote.
  • Possibilities for combating poverty in Europe
  • Growth and the euro after Brexit
  • Brexit and its impacts on environmental policy
  • An electoral year without an election in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Read more : (Link)

Plenary Assembly of Barcelona / Presentation of the permanent delegation of Pax Romana to the Council of Europe

Please find herewith the text in english of the video desplayed by our permanent delegation to the Council of Europe during the Plenary Assembly of Pax Romana in Barcelona on October the 30th 2016, session VI : "Looking to the future".