WINTER SESSION

CONFERENCE OF INGOs
CONF/PLE(2012)SYN1 Strasbourg, 28 February 2012

DRAFT SYNOPSIS

FOR THE ATTENTION OF DES MEMBERS OF THE CONFERENCE OF INGOs

1. The Conference of INGOs, meeting in plenary on 25 January 2011 in Strasbourg with Jean-Marie Heydt - and during the elections of the President and the Bureau and the counting of the votes Gérard Greneron, outgoing member of the Bureau - in the chair

2. unanimously adopted the agenda [CONF/PLE(2012)OJ1]. Two rapporteurs were appointed: Michel Julien and Odile Moreau

3. unanimously adopted the synopsis of meeting on 21 and 22 June 2011 [CONF/PLE(2011)SYN4]

4. listened to Maritchu Rall present the activity report for 2011. She underlined three major aspects:

Unanimously adopted the 2011 activity report with 1 abstention.

5. elected its President. Jean-Marie Heydt, President, the sole candidate, was re-elected by a large majority.

6. elected its vice-presidents

7. Progress report of the Expert Council on NGO Law

8. Comparing the recent experience of INGOs in countries on the southern shores of the Mediterranean. Sophie Dimitroulias drew members’ attention to the rapid rise of Islamism and religious fundamentalism in these countries. Human rights were in decline and women needed to be helped in their struggle.

9. A World Forum for Democracy would be held in Strasbourg from 5 to 11 October 2012. This Forum, which would be organised by the Council of Europe in partnership with the City of Strasbourg and the French authorities, would be held in various places. 2 000 participants were expected, including political and opinion leaders and people active in the field. It would concern the problems facing democracy in the world.

10. No other business.