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The President of the Conference of INGOs is deeply saddened by the death of our friend and colleague Alain Mouchoux

Strasbourg, 24 February Alain Mouchoux, outgoing Vice-President of the Conference of INGOs left us suddenly. His involvement in the life of our Conference was significant, his enthusiasm and constant incentive to undertake new challenges remain etched in our memory. Always committed to education, Alain Mouchoux, was a man of conviction who had the courage to carry the voice of civil society in various institutional spaces. Dear Alain, you left us too soon, but your work will continue through our commitment to education and living together.

The role and functioning of NGOs in the Council of Europe – Exchange of views with representatives of NGOs

Strasbourg, 18 February Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs, along with representatives of Amnesty International, Open Society Justice Initiative and the Human Rights House Foundation participated in an exchange of views with the Ministers’ Deputies’ Rapporteur Group on Democracy on Tuesday 17 February. The exchange of views was a follow up to the Ministers’ Deputies thematic debate of last year and provided an opportunity for the NGO representatives to put forward their ideas and their expectations with regard to improving interaction between NGOs and the Council of Europe.

The Conference of INGOs and the "Turin Process" for the European Social Charter

Strasbourg, 11 February A delegation of the Conference of INGOs participates in the high-level Conference on the Future of the Protection of Social Rights in Europe organised in Brussels on 12-13 February. The "Turin process", one of the priorities of the second mandate of the Secretary General, aims to consolidate and enhance the Charter’s system of normative standards. The INGO participation in the Brussels Conference gives continuity to its efforts to promote Article 30 of the Charter and its event organised in Turin on 17 October 2014 and also to the 2012 joint Declaration by the Committee of Ministers, the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress and the Conference of INGOs “Acting together to eradicate extreme poverty in Europe”.

A new leadership for the Conference of INGOs

Strasbourg, 30 January Anna Rurka, Vice-President of the European Committee for Home-based Priority Action for the Child and the Family, was elected President of the Conference of INGOs on 29 January for a term of office of 3 years. Anna Rurka, of Polish nationality, has been an active member of the Conference of INGOs since 2005 in particular for questions related to children and family and is the representative of the Conference of INGOs on the Committee of the Parties to the Lanzarote Convention.
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Speech presenting her candidacy for the post of President

News from the Session of the Conference of INGOs, 26-29 January

Strasbourg, 3 February The Conference of INGOs elected its new Bureau and Gender Equality Expert for a period of three years. It held a debate and adopted a resolution on the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks. It organised a visit for civil society representatives from Ukraine to discuss the implementation of the strategic priorities for civil participation in decision-making in Ukraine and adopted a Resolution on "Civil society, peace and democracy in Ukraine". The Conference also held fruitful discussions with a delegation from the Ministry for relations with Parliament and Civil Society of Morocco on areas for future co-operation.
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Terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo - Stand up for our values!

Strasbourg, 8 January The Conference of INGOs is shocked by the cold-blooded murder of journalists and policemen at the editorial offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. We stand united against violence and firmly in favour of freedom of expression and tolerance. The right to life and the right to freedom of expression are guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights and we appeal to all Council of Europe member states to step up their efforts in defence of these rights. (more)

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