Non-Governmental Organisations

Democracy, Social Cohesion
and Global Challenges Committee

Strasbourg, 4 June 2013

Draft agenda
Wednesday 26 June 2013
9.30 am – 1 pm
Room G03, Agora

    1. Opening of the meeting and adoption of the draft agenda
    2. Approval of the draft synopsis of the meeting held on 22 January 2013
    3. Local authorities and citizen participation: sharing good practices

      Introduction : Anne-Marie CHAVANON, President of the Committee
      Rt Hon. Jeffrey DONALDSON, member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, United Kingdom, author of the report on “Good governance of large metropolises”, geared towards citizen participation
      Kayhan KARACA, European correspondent of NTV Turkey: recent events in Istanbul
      Nicolas DETRIE, Director of Yes We Camp, citizen initiative in Marseille (Marseille 2013 OFF)
      Didier PARIS, academic, Chair of Lille Metropolitan Area Development Council (tbc)
      Antonella VALMORBIDA, Director of ALDA, co-ordinator of the working group on promotion of the Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process

    4. Global challenges
    4.1. Human rights and climate change

      Annelise OESCHGER, Chair of the Human Rights Committee
      Edith WENGER, co-ordinator of the ad hoc working group: presentation of the state of progress

    4.2. The situation in Syria, humanitarian NGOs’ involvement

      Pierre SALIGNON, Director General, Médecins du Monde

      Jean-Pierre ESTIVAL, Co-ordinator of the Working Group on the political and social evolutions in the Southern and Eastern countries of the Mediterranean, author of a book on Syria

    5. Committee’s participation in Council of Europe’s 2013 activities

      5.1. Seminar on Good Democratic Governance at Local and Regional Levels (Strasbourg, 17 and 18 June 2013) – Patrice COLLIGNON, Director of the NGO RED
      5.2. 7th Council of Europe Conference on the European Landscape Convention (Strasbourg 26-27 March 2013) – Patrice COLLIGNON, Director of RED, and Anne-Marie CHAVANON, Chair (IFHP)
      5.3. Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP), 27-29 May 2013 – Gerhard ERMISHER, co-ordinator of the Landscape and Social Cohesion Working Group, Secretary General of CIVILSCAPE
      5.4. 2013 European Landscape Award - Anne-Marie CHAVANON
      5.5. Belarus civil society communication platform, 14-15 June – Vera JOHN-MIKOLAJEWSKI, Vice-Chair of the committee

    6. Partnerships with other Council of Europe bodies

      6.1. World Forum for Democracy: Re-wiring democracy: connecting institutions and citizens in the digital age (Strasbourg, 27-29 November 2013)
      6.2. Council of Europe Advisory Council on Youth and Joint Council on Youth, Budapest 3-5 April 2013, by Israël MENSAH, Vice-Chair, participation in the No Hate Speech Movement
      6.3. European Local Democracy Week: “Active citizenship: voting, sharing, participating”, in liaison with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
      6.4. Migration and democracy: presentation of the working arrangement established with the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe - Silvano MARSEGLIA, President, and Jean-Claude GONON, Secretary General, of the European Association of Teachers (AEDE), co-ordinators of the ad hoc working group

    7. Update on working group activities

      - European Citizenship, Hélène PICHON, working group co-ordinator
      - Follow-up to the declaration on genuine democracy, by Jean-Bernard MARIE
      - Relations with the European Union, Claude-Laurent GENTY, working group co-ordinator
      - Housing and Health, Bernard AUBERT, working group co-ordinator

    8. Establishment of a new working group : “Social cohesion and intercultural dialogue”

      Israël MENSAH (OIEC), Vice-Chair of committee, and Laure-Marie SCHAER (IFHP)

    9. Other business

    10. Next meeting