Youth, Sustainable Development Goals, environment and human rights, civil participation on the agenda of the Current Affairs Committee

The Congress Current Affairs Committee met on 18 November 2021 in a hybrid format, in the Palais de l'Europe in Strasbourg and online via Kudo.

The Committee considered for adoption a report on "The future of youth in rural areas: responsibilities of local and regional authorities", presented by co-rapporteurs James Moloney (Ireland, ILDG) and Aida Jalilzade (Azerbaijan, ECR). Furthermore, as part of the Congress' contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda 2030, a draft educational booklet for children as well as the guidelines for local and regional authorities were presented for adoption by the Rapporteur Brigitte van der Berg (Netherlands, ILDG). These texts will be debated for adoption during the Congress plenary session in March 2022.

The Current Affairs Committee held also an exchange on "Environment and human rights: raising awareness at grassroots level" with the participation of Nino Kavtaradze (Georgia, EPP/CCE), Congress rapporteur on human rights and the environment, Angel Manuel Moreno Molina, Chair of the Congress Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government, and Rosmarie Wydler-Walti, Co-President of the Swiss association of Senior Women for the Climate (Vereins Klima Seniorinnen). This exchange is part of a draft report on this topic being prepared by the Congress Monitoring Committee.

Finally, the Committee members discussed the Civil Participation Forum project in the light of a progress report presented by Thomas Andersson (Sweden, ILDG). The aim was to launch, in cooperation with the Conference of INGOs and the Directorate General of Democracy of the Council of Europe, the online database BePART with examples of good practices in civil participation.

On the occasion of its meeting, the Committee elected its 1st Vice-President.

Interpretation was available in English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Turkish.

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