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Meeting of the Bureau of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention

The Bureau of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention, whose membership has been renewed last December, is going to held its first meeting in Strasbourg, on 31st March. The Bureau will ensure the follow-up of the decisions taken at the 34th Standing Committee meeting (2-5 December 2015), as well as review the implementation of the annual programme of activities, including discussion of complaints, monitoring of Recommendations, and progress on issues like the prevention and prosecution of wildlife crimes, the impact of climate change, the spread of invasive species. [26/03/2015]

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Award « Diversity advantage challenge » granted to Spanish Project

On Tuesday 24 March, the winner of the Council of Europe Diversity Advantage Challenge was designated by the members of jury of the challenge. The winner is XEIX, Fostering Intercultural relations around local businesses, Spain. The project aims to promote social cohesion through local retail (“0km” or next-door retail) organising retail merchants’ association into small cores of social and economic promotion. (more...) [25/03/2015]

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7th Meeting of the Bureau of the CDCPP

The 7th meeting of the Bureau of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) took place on 16/17 March 2015 in Strasbourg. The Bureau assessed the implementation of the Programme of Activities in the three sectors, fine-tuned plans for the Ministerial Conference on Cultural Heritage (Namur, Belgium, 22-24 April), discussed enhanced co-operation with other Council of Europe bodies and previewed activities for 2016-17. On 17 March, the Chair of the CDCPP, Mr Bruno Favel (France), presented ongoing and forthcoming work priorities to the Committee of Ministers Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C). [23/03/2015]


Review of Bilbao’s intercultural strategy

Council of Europe officials and experts visited Bilbao (Spain) on 16 and 17 March for a series of meetings about the city’s intercultural integration strategy. As a member of the Spanish Intercultural cities network, Bilbao has committed to developing policies for diversity and inclusion in accordance with the Intercultural cities principles. The discussions were based on Bilabo’s results at the Intercultural cities index (2013 INDEX report for Bilbao) and in-depth discussions with a wide range of stakeholders – local elected representatives, activists, migrant representatives, foundations, community groups, practitioners and policy makers in various policy fields, from education to urban planning. The visit will result in a report and recommendations which will inform the development of the future intercultural strategic plan which will be based on the Intercultural cities index criteria. [23/03/2015]


Solidarity and Structural Change: The Role of Informal Education in the Social Inclusion of Romani Children

The workshop organized on 24 March at the Minority Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Budapest) will bring together researchers, local and national authorities, educational institutions and civil society organisations to take stock of the most recent developments in the informal education sector in Hungary. The event is part of a series of workshops funded by the RAN within the framework of the call for proposals for Bridging the Gap between Academia and Policy Makers. [17/03/2015]

FOCUS: Cultural Heritage

6th Conference of Ministers of Heritage

A Conference of Ministers responsible for Cultural Heritage will be organised in Namur (Belgium) on 23 and 24 April 2015 in the context of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The conference is aimed at defining the conditions for elaborating a European strategy for cultural heritage. This strategy, while confirming the role of heritage as the touchstone of European values, should also project heritage as the means of their transmission and the ideal tool for intercultural and intergenerational dialogue. [23/02/2015]


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