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Conference of the International Non-Governmental Organisations to meet, 23-26 June 2014


by Yolanda Ziaka

"Against the background of serious global challenges to democracy, human rights and social cohesion, civil society has a major responsibility to act"

The Conference of the International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) is made up of about 400 INGOs holding participatory status with the Council of Europe. These are federations of national and local associations in each of the 47 Council of Europe member states and other parts of the world.

The term ‘Conference of the INGOs’ has been used since 2005 for all the INGOs holding participatory status with the Council of Europe, gathered together in plenary session and setting up thematic groupings.

The Conference of the INGOs of the Council of Europe is the only civil society assembly that plays an institutional role within an intergovernmental organization. It is recognized as one of the four pillars of the Council of Europe, representing civil society (alongside the Committee of Ministers etc.)

Our organization ‘Polis’ is member of the ‘FICEMEA’, the International Federation of Active Education Methods, which holds a participatory status with the Council of Europe. In my quality as a member of the Board of Directors of the FICEMEA, I will follow FICEMEA’s participation in the Conference.

In particular, I follow the work of the thematic committee on “democracy, social cohesion and global challenges”, which is the committee where issues referring to environment and sustainable development are discussed.

The summer session of the Conference of the INGOs will be held in Strasbourg, France, from June 23rd to 26th.

Among this session working themes, the ones that refer particularly to the priorities of the Forum of Ethics & Responsiblities are the following:
- Working Group ‘Climate Change and Human Rights’
- Working Group ‘Human Rights, co-development, migrations’
- Working Group ‘The European Social Charter’
- Working Group ‘Extreme Poverty and Human Rights’

Moreover, during this meeting special attention will be drawn on climate change and participatory democracy.

On climate, there will be interventions by eminent speakers such as Alyssa JOHL, Co-leader of the Working group on « Climate Change and Human Rights » of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Senior Attorney to the Centre for International Environment Law (CIEL); and Serge LEPELTIER, Former French Minister of Environment, President of the Académie de l’Eau, ex-French ambassador in charge of negotiations on climate change. The session will be an important contribution to the 21st Climate Summit to be held in Paris in 2015.

For participatory democracy, LIBERA will be speaking. It’s an association that recovers lands confiscated from the mafia organisations. Libera cultivates these lands with a specific social and sustainable goal. They also run education programmes for schools, universities and associations to spread a culture of responsible citizenship.

You can read the full agenda here.

All of these themes refer directly to the work of the FER on the need to introduce the question of “universal responsibility” into all discussions around the “human rights”.

The role itself of the Conference is defined through the reference to the value of ‘responsibility’:

“Against the background of serious global challenges to democracy, human rights and social cohesion, civil society has a major responsibility to act…” (Jean-Marie Heydt, President of the Conference of INGOs, in the Giving Europe a human touch document)

For more information visit the Website of the INGOs of the Council of Europe: www.coe.int/NGO

Published on: 22 June 2014
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