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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. Interested organisations worldwide are invited to express their interest in presenting an example/initiative enabling youth participation by answering the attached questionnaire and sending it to forum_democracy@coe.int  by 30 April 2014.
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Seven years imprisonment for Ilgar Mammadov, Director of the Council of Europe school of political studies in Baku

Strasbourg, 20 March The President of the Conference of INGOs shares the concern and disappointment expressed by the international community following the sentencing of Ilgar Mammadov. We all appreciated his active commitment and the excellent co-operation we had with him for many years in the context of the schools of political studies.
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Conference on the professional image and ethos of teachers, Strasbourg, 24 and 25 April

Strasbourg, 18 March Organised by the Pestalozzi Programme of the Council of Europe and the Education and Culture Commission of the Conference of INGOs, the Conference will highlight the importance of education for preparing our youth for a life as democratic citizens in diverse democratic societies, for their future world of work and for the development of their personality. It will focus in particular on the implications this has for the image and ethos of teaching profession, the competences of teachers and their day-to-day practices.
(more information on the Conference and how to register …)

INGO Dialogue in Tunisia

Strasbourg, 17 March The INGO Dialogue Toolkit was part of a three-month project for Tunisian Civil Society development. The design and delivery of phase two of this three-month project was entrusted to INGO Dialogue Hub Co-ordinator Christoph Spreng. The event took place in Kairouan on 22-23 February.
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Conference of INGOs deeply shocked by the escalation of violence in Ukraine

Strasbourg, 20 February The Conference of INGOs is deeply shocked about the ongoing civil unrest in Ukraine and expresses its solidarity with Ukrainian civil society. It calls for an inclusive dialogue and remains ready to offer its platform for involving national and international civil society actors.

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Member of the Conference of INGOs denied entry into Ukraine, 9 February 2014 - Statement by the President of the Conference of INGOs

Strasbourg, 13 February Andrei Yurov, Member of Russia's Presidential Human Rights Council and of the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) on behalf of the Youth Human Rights Movement International, was denied entry into Ukraine on Sunday (read the full statement ...)

Resolution 'The situation in Ukraine' adopted by the Conference of INGOs on 30 January 2014.

Civil society representatives from Ukraine visit the Council of Europe, 29-30 January 2014

Strasbourg, 4 February At the initiative of the Conference of INGOs, a group of civil society representatives from Ukraine participated in meetings at the Council of Europe last week. The NGOs met with the Secretary General, the Commissioner for Human Rights and participated in a hearing with the INGO Conference at which they reported their concerns regarding the current situation, in particular Human Rights violations. The Conference of INGOs adopted a Resolution urging Council of Europe bodies to monitor the ongoing situation and offered to be the platform to promote dialogue and civil society involvement to help resolve the crisis in Ukraine.

Highlights of winter session of the Conference of INGOs, 27-30 January 2014

Strasbourg, 5 February A side-event on "A Europe without torture: what is today's reality?", a discussion on the situation in Ukraine with the participation of NGOs from Ukraine, and a debate on "which democracy do we want?" were among the highlights of the session. The Conference of INGOs adopted texts on hate speech, the situation in Ukraine and human rights and religions.

Anna Rurka, European Committee for home-based priority action for the Child and the Family, was elected to the vacant seat of rapporteur of the bureau of the Conference of INGOs.

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