Non-Governmental Organisations

CANDIDATE FOR THE POST OF CHAIR OF THE
DEMOCRACY, SOCIAL COHESION AND GLOBAL CHALLENGES COMMITTEE
OF THE CONFERENCE OF INGOs
(Election 26 June 2014)

PRESENTATION

Anne-Marie CHAVANON

Position in the INGO

Council member, Director of the French Chapter

Full title and acronym of the INGO

International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP)
http://www.ifhp.org

Year participatory status was granted to the INGO

1952

Date of birth

28/05/1950

Nationality

French

Working languages

French, English, Portuguese, Spanish

MOTIVATION

Advancing further and quicker together!

The results of the recent national and European elections in several member states should give us pause for thought: the confidence of Europe’s peoples in their democracies and their futures must be restored! This is all the truer since, at the same time, men, women and children are risking their lives to come and join us.

Clearly, we have to promote tolerance, good governance and peace on the shores of the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, as well as in all our countries which have been so badly shaken by the economic crisis. We must have the courage to take up the new challenges of public health, rising poverty and inadequate housing. We must unite the public and governments in countering the effects of climate change and natural and technological hazards. But we must also convince our fellow citizens of the potential of their regions and their cultures, which should be open to the world.

Do we have the resources?

Yes, because in each of these fields, the Council of Europe can interact effectively if it harnesses the efforts of all the members of its quadrilogue, in line with their respective areas of responsibility.

Yes, because it is up to us NGOs as grassroots-based and diverse representatives of civil society to decide how to make our mark.

Over the past three years, our committee has been able to measure its power of influence, both internally, through the Conference of INGOs, and nationally and internationally. It has gauged the extraordinary strength of our NGOs, their high level of expertise, the exemplary nature of their work on the ground and their influence in Europe and throughout the world.

It must now have the courage to stimulate the action of the Council of Europe, in conjunction with the Human Rights Committee and the Education and Culture Committee. That is our task and I want most strongly to drive it forward with you.

I urge you all to advance together quicker and further!

I trust you will be able to help me.