It is crucial for a sustainable society to promote peaceful communities, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. It includes a wide range of activities, such as ensuring freedom of expression, access to justice, respect of human rights, reduction of inequalities and elimination of social exclusion. Each society must have strong and efficient institutions ensuring the rights of its citizens are fullfilled. 

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The Congress acts for the promotion of inclusive and sustainable societies, by fostering regional democracy, based on human rights, respectful of its citizens rights, liberties and freedoms. In relation witht the SDG, the Congress has adopted the following texts :

  • RES451 (2019) - Congress resolution to endorse the Principles on the Protection and Promotion of the Ombudsman Institution (“The Venice Principles”)
  • RES452 (2019) - Revised Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-making Process
  • REC441 (2019) and RES453 (2019) - The use of languages by local and regional authorities
  • REC435 (2019) and RES444 (2019) - The protection of whistleblowers: challenges and opportunities for local and regional government
  • REC428 (2019) and RES441 (2019) - Fighting nepotism within local and regional authorities
  • REC424 (2018) and RES435 (2018) - Transparency and open government
  • REC423 (2018) and RES434 (2018) - Conflicts of interest at local and regional level
  • RES433 (2018) - European Code of Conduct for all persons involved in local and regional governance
  • RES430 (2018) - European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) : a new momentum
  • RES427 (2018) - Promoting human rights at local and regional level
  • REC419 (2018) - Voting rights at local level as an element of successful long-term integration of migrants and IDPs in Europe’s municipalities and regions
  • REC405 (2017) and RES421 (2017) - Making public procurement transparent at local and regional levels
  • REC398 (2017) and RES417 (2017) - Open data for better public services
  • REC395 (2017) and RES412 (2017) - Recurring issues based on assessments resulting from Congress monitoring and election observation missions (reference period 2010-2016)
  • Report CG32(2017) - Checklist for compliance with international standards and good practices preventing misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes at local and regional level
  • RES401 (2016) - Preventing corruption and promoting public ethics at local and regional levels
  • REC383 (2015) and RES393 (2015) - Conditions of office of elected representatives
  • RES389 (2015) - New forms of local governance
  • RES387 (2015) - Voting at 16 – Consequences on youth participation at local and regional level
  • REC369 (2015) and RES378 (2015) - Electoral lists and voters residing de facto abroad
  • REC364 (2014) and RES374 (2014) - The role of regional media as a tool for building participatory democracy
  • RES368 (2014) - Strategy on the right of local authorities to be consulted by other levels of government
  • REC332 (2012) and RES350 (2012) - Regional legislation and action to combat sexual exploitation and abuse of children
  • REC327 (2012) and RES346 (2012) - Youth and democracy: the changing face of youth political engagement
  • RES343 (2012) - Policy of the Council of Europe towards neighbouring regions: the role of the Congress
  • REC325 (2012) and RES342 (2012) - The changes underway in the Arab countries – opportunities for local and regional democracy
  • RES332 (2011) - Tools for democratic citizenship 
  • REC309 (2011) and RES327 (2011) - The office of Ombudsman and local and regional authorities
  • REC307 (2011) and RES326 (2011) - Citizen participation at local and regional level in Europe