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Jean-Marie Heydt: the death of Marc Leyenberger, we have lost a friend and a colleague

Strasbourg, 9 July It was with great sadness that I learnt about the death of our friend and colleague, Marc Leyenberger. The Conference of INGOs will keep alive many memories of him, in particular his commitment and pursuit of justice and human rights. We will have the occasion to celebrate his life at our next meeting.

Conference of INGOs condemns the murder of Libyan Human Rights activist, Sawal Bugaighis

Strasbourg, 1 July Last Wednesday, 25 June, the Libyan Human Rights activist Salwa Bugaighis was murdered in her house after she cast her vote and her husband was abducted. This shocking murder happened one day after the INGO Conference’s Round Table on Gender perspectives - Security and Peace held at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg. Sawal Bugaighis was one of the contacts of the INGO Working group “Including Gender perspectives in political and democratic processes” (more ...).

The Conference of INGOs and Ukraine

Strasbourg, 27 June The Conference of INGOs invited a group of civil society representatives from Ukraine to its summer session to get first hand information on the situation in the country and to discuss co-operation to enhance civil society involvement in the constitutional and legislative reform processes. The group included human rights defenders and civic activists from Kyiv and Kharkiv (more ...).

Summer Session of the Conference of INGOs, 23-26 June 2014

Strasbourg, 27 June Among the highlights of the Session of the Conference of INGOs were:
- Elections for the leadership of the Conference's thematic Committees: Results of the elections
- Round table "Gender perspectives - peace and security"
- Debate on "How to enhance civil dialogue"
- Visit of Ukrainian civil society representatives
- Visit of a group of LGBT activists facilitated by ILGA Europe

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The Conference adopted several texts: adopted texts

NGOs from Eastern Europe meet in Chisinau, 12 and 13 June

Strasbourg, 15 June A regional strategic planning meeting “Civil society participation in decision-making: dreams, reality and challenges” took place in Chisinau, Moldova, on 12 and 13 June 2014. participants discussed ways of promoting the participation of civil society in democratic decision-making and the assistance which the Council of Europe could provide to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the region (more ...)

Thematic debate: "The role and functioning of NGOs in the Council of Europe", 10 June at 15h30

Strasbourg, 11 June The Ministers' Deputies held a debate on "the role and functioning of the NGOs in the Council of Europe". Jean Marie Heydt, President and Annelise Oeschger, Chair of Human Rights Committee of the Conference of INGOs participated in this debate which was broadcast live on internet.

124th session of the Committee of Ministers, Vienna, 5-6 May

Strasbourg, 10 May Jean-Marie Heydt, President of the Conference of INGOs, participated in the 124th session of the Committee of Ministers held in Vienna on 5 and 6 May 2014. It was a special session in that it celebrated the 65th anniversary of the Council of Europe, saw the handover of the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers from Austria to Azerbaijan and took place at a time when tensions in Ukraine were very high. the full story
Statement of the President of the Conference of INGOs (in French only)
State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe - Report by the Secretary General
Chairman conclusions of the President of the Committee of Ministers
Co-operation with Ukraine -Immediate measure package

International Advisory Panel on Ukraine: NGOs can contribute by 11 June

Strasbourg, 30 May The International Advisory Panel on Ukraine was constituted by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to oversee the investigations of the violent incidents in Kyiv from 30 November 2013 to 21 February 2014. Bearing in mind its Resolution adopted in January in which it offered its support to civil society in Ukraine, the Conference of INGOs would like to highlight the mandate of the Panel which provides that civil society can contact and communicate freely with the Panel. NGOs wishing to use this opportunity to make submissions to the Panel should do so by 11 June following the guidelines below:
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More information on the guidelines for NGOs

World Forum for Democracy, Strasbourg, 3-5 November

Strasbourg, 1 April The 2014 Forum will engage with young people and focus on the question "From participation to influence: can youth revatilise democracy?" It will reflect on new ways of engaging young people in re-visioning the democratic arenas of today and on how to mobilise the potential of youth as actors of positive change. Organisations which answered the call for expressing their interest in presenting an example/initiative enabling youth participation will be informed in due course whether their proposal has been accepted.
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