Strasbourg, 8 April The Council of Europe is organising a meeting at its headquarters on 30 and 31 May on the protection of whistleblowers. The aim of the meeting is to seek the views of those involved in the protection of individuals who report or disclose information on acts and omissions in the workplace that represent a serious threat or harm to the public interest ('whistleblowers'). If you are interested in participating, which is by invitation only, further details are available on the website of the European Committee on Legal Co-operation
Strasbourg, 21 March The Paris-based "Initiative Dialogue" programme called on the INGO Dialogue Hub to give training to its team and to its partner organisations in techniques and methods to facilitate intercultural dialogue. The President of the Conference of INGOs, Jean-Marie Heydt, spoke at this two day introductory workshop on the Toolkit which was run by the INGO Dialogue Hub co-ordinator, Christoph Spreng.
More on the Dialogue Toolkit
Strasbourg, 14 February The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights praises the constructive role played by the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations in bringing the situation of Belarusian human rights defenders to the attention of European civil society and says these initiatives deserve more attention and support from member States governments as well. Although Belarus is not a member State of the Council of Europe the Organisation and its member States should intensify efforts to raise awareness about Council of Europe standards, instruments and mechanisms and seek to support human rights in the country (more ...)
Strasbourg, 12 February The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe condemns the assassination of Chokri Belaid, defender of democracy and human rights in Tunisia and expresses its full solidarity with the democratic forces of civil society (more ...)
Strasbourg, 28 January Genuine democracy, the eradication of poverty, changes in the situation of torture in Council of member States, the key role played by women during the Arab revolutions were among the subjects high on the agenda of the week.
See all the texts adopted by the Conference
The Conference also adopted its new Rules of Procedure and its 2012 activity report [fr]
Opening remarks by the President of the Conference at the plenary meeting on 24 January. [fr]
Order of business
Strasbourg, 31 January Women were key in bringing about the regime change in a number of Arab countries but what role do they now play in political and public life? The Conference of INGOs organised a round table with the participation of the Deputy Secretary General, which brought together civil socety activists from Egypt and Tunisia to discuss with Council of Europe representatives and INGOs how they could support the wishes, demands and priorities of women in the Arab World.
Programme of the Round table
Report by the International Alliance of Women