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Call for comments on the draft version of the Strategy for Promoting Civil Participation in Decision-Making in Ukraine

Strasbourg, 28 November The Council of Europe calls on all interested parties to submit their comments to the draft version of the Strategy for Promoting Civil Participation in Decision-Making in Ukraine. Please submit your comments in Ukrainian or English to the following email: civil.participation@coe.int, by 4 December, 12:00 (Paris time) the latest. (more...)

English version of the Strategy
Ukrainian version of the Strategy

Promoting civil participation in decision-making in Ukraine: Evaluation and strategic planning meeting

Strasbourg, 20 November On November 24-25, the Civil Society Division of the Council of Europe will host an Evaluation and Strategic Planning Meeting in Kyiv. The meeting will gather representatives from civil society, authorities, international organisations and experts who will discuss the conditions for a successful civil participation in decision making. They will evaluate the current situation and set out strategic directions for follow-up (more ...)

The event will be web-streamed from the website http://civicua.org allowing a wider audience to follow the process.

Elections in January 2015: deadline for canididatures 29 November

Strasbourg, 17 November Is your INGO intending presenting a candidature for one of the vacant posts of the Conference of INGOs? If so, don't miss the deadline of 29 November for sending in the completed application form. Please refer to the e-mail that was sent to all the INGOs with participatory status on 28 October. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us: NGO-Unit@coe.int

Streamlining the registration procedures for NGOs: study visit organised as part of the immediate measures package for Ukraine

Strasbourg, 14 November A group of officials and NGO representatives from Ukraine participated in a study visit in Latvia on 6 and 7 November. Organised by the Civil Society Division (DG II) of the Council of Europe, the visit aimed to take stock of best practices and experiences of simplification and streamlining of the registration procedures for NGOs. It will later be used in improving the Ukrainian registration procedures for NGOs especially the work of a “one-stop” registration service for NGOs in Ukraine (more ... )

World Forum for Democracy, Strasbourg, 3-5 November

Strasbourg, 27 October The Conference of INGOs played an active role in this year's World Forum for Democracy and sponsored three labs:
How can democracy education help democratic structures to evolve instead of simply reproducing the status quo? (lab 2); How can youth foster inclusive democratic structures that integrate minorities in the institutions of governance? (lab 4) and What are the possibilities for young people to take the initiative and influence the policies and the developments of their cities? (lab 11)

Further information, see the Forum website

17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Strasbourg, 20 October The annual event organised by the Conference of INGOs to mark 17 October took place this year in Turin. Closely linked to the high level Conference on the European Social Charter, discussions focused on Article 30 of the Charter “Everyone has the right to protection against poverty and social exclusion”. People living in poverty and NGOs shared their experiences and drew up a strong message which was transmitted to the participants in the high level Conference.
Message delivered to the high-level Conference
Programme
Speech by Jean-Marie Heydt at the high-level Conference[fr]

Dialogue Toolkit: University Women of Europe train in Dialogue

Strasbourg, 22 September The University Women of Europe (UWE) annual conference took place in Bucharest, Romania, 4-7 September 2014. The INGO Dialogue Teaser Workshop was part of the plenary programme. UWE is a network of Associations of University Women from nineteen European countries and is a member of the INGO Conference of the Council of Europe and as such has benefitted from preferential treatment to obtain delivery of the Teaser Workshop. (more ...)

INGO events held during the autumn Session of the Parliamentary Assembly

Strasbourg, 11 September 29 September: meeting of the Standing Committee
30 September - 2 October: The Conference of INGOs invited civil society representatives from Belarus and Ukraine to the Council of Europe. The theme of the visit of the Belarus group was “State of democracy, human rights and rule of law in Europe” and the group had meetings with the Secretary General and staff members. The Ukrainian group had meetings with the Secretary General, Human Rights Commissioner, PACE rapporteur on Ukraine and senior officials received first-hand information on Council of Europe action and on-going activities in Ukraine and discussed how to contribute to current and future action.
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