On the occasion of this session, the INGOs were encouraged to show their commitment to the Council of Europe, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019. The Council of Europe is currently experiencing a financial and political crisis that is forcing it to adopt restrictive financial measures.
The INGOs thus voted on a resolution to support the Secretary General’s position that States must ensure a sustainable financial base for the Council of Europe and the need for enhanced interaction with civil society:
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The conference bringing together international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe, held its plenary meeting on 24 and 26 January 2018. Jean-Jacques Kuster represented the EUR
President Anna Rurka presented the report of the 2017 activities of the conference and its substantial contribution to the fields of activity of the Council of Europe in the field of human rights, democracy, the rule of law and equality between women and men. It also covered interactions with the other pillars of the Council of Europe and other international partners.
This report concluded her term as Chair. Continue reading INGO CONFERENCE OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE – STRASBOURG – 24, 26
The international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) with participatory status with the Council of Europe held their summer session from 26 to 30 June 2017. This session was marked both by the elections of the chairmen and vice-chairmen of the transversal commissions “education and culture”, “democracy, social cohesion and global challenges” and “human rights” only by the 40th anniversary of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe celebrated at a reception given by the Mayor of the city and Eurometropolis of Strasbourg (see the President’s word: https://rm.coe.int/16806ecbd3).
Jean-Jacques Kuster participated for the EUR in the Conference.
Several issues were discussed and texts adopted at this session, which can be consulted on the Council of Europe website: http://www.coe.int/en/web/ingo/june-2017
The worrisome situation of NGOs in some countries was mentioned in particular in Hungary and Turkey.
The Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, closed the proceedings by highlighting the major role of INGOs and their recognized place in the Council of Europe. Representing civil society, their role is to protect the health and liveliness of our democracies, more than ever threatened by extremism and fanaticism. They are the voice of citizens in Council of Europe bodies to strengthen their action and continue to promote human and social rights, as well as the protection of vulnerable people.
From 23 to 27 January 2017, the international non-governmental organisations enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe met in Strasbourg for their Winter Session. Continue reading Strasbourg, 23-27 January 2017, INGO Conference Winter Session