History teaching to foster reconciliation in Europe: First annual conference

Council of Europe 30 November 2021 Strasbourg

History can be taught in ways which foster reconciliation within and between nations, avoiding prejudice, stereotypes, and biased thinking. The newly-established Council of Europe’s Observatory on History Teaching in Europe will tackle challenges on the way history is taught in the Continent,...

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41st Standing Committee meeting

29 November to 3 December 2021

The Bern Convention will hold its 41st Standing Committee meeting from 29th November to 3rd December 2021, once again online due to the ongoing pandemic and travel-related restrictions. Contracting Parties, experts, NGO representatives, international observers and others will discuss the outcomes...

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OHTE’s First Annual Conference: How can History Education help us protect Democracy?

2-3 December 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Observatory on History Teaching in Europe’s first public event is set to take place on 2-3 December 2021. Expect lively debates on issues that go straight to the heart of the Council of Europe’s work on history education as we learn more on how history teaching can empower and embolden future...

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Freedom from violence against women: The impact of the European Convention on Human Rights

Council of Europe 26 November 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has published a new “Freedom from violence against women” section of its dedicated website highlighting the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights, as part of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The new section includes twelve case studies...

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International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women: Secretary General exchanges views with Italian Equal Opportunities and Family Minister Bonetti

Council of Europe 25 November 2021 Strasbourg

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has exchanged views with the Italian Minister for Equal Opportunities and Family Elena Bonetti. The meeting focused on the fight against violence on women and domestic violence in the...

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International Roma women’s conference: “Protecting the human rights and dignity of Roma and Traveller women in times of crises”

Roma and Travellers 24 November 2021 Strasbourg

Over 100 Roma and Traveller women are taking part in a hybrid conference organised by the Council of Europe’s Roma and Travellers Team in partnership with Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of North Macedonia from 24-26 November. Opened by Jagoda Shahpaska, Minister of Labour and Social Policy...

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GREVIO publishes its General Recommendation No.1 on the digital dimension of violence against women

24/11/2021 Strasbourg

Today, the Council of Europe Expert Group on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) published its General Recommendation No.1 on the digital dimension of violence against women. In monitoring the implementation of the Istanbul Convention, GREVIO has identified that...

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UNWTO and Council of Europe to Promote Cultural Routes

Council of Europe 23 November 2021 Strasbourg

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the Council of Europe will work together to develop the opportunities tourism offers to local communities and to enhance the tourist experience along the European region’s Cultural Routes. The joint actions will be aimed at recognising the...

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Best Practice Programme in Promoting Academic Integrity – Results of the Call and Award Ceremony

22 November 2021 Strasbourg

Photo: Steering Committee members endorsing the selected practices. The first cycle of the Best Practice Programme in Promoting Academic Integrity during COVID-19 is now at its end. We are delighted to announce that the Dilemma Game App, developed by the Erasmus University Rotterdam, has been...

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2021 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction in Portugal

Council of Europe 22 November 2021 Strasbourg

Earthquakes, floods, landslides, debris flows, avalanches, droughts, mudslides, and extreme temperatures: the effect of climate change needs a holistic approach to disaster risk to mitigate the worst impacts of the biological hazards. The 2021 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction...

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A new leaflet on the occasion of the World Children's Day

22 November 2021 Strasbourg

World Children's Day is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness and well-being amongst children worldwide. It also marks the date when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention and Declaration on children's rights. To celebrate the occasion, the Council of...

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Executive director of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe on mission in Strasbourg.

19/11/2021 Lisbon

The meeting of the Executive Committee of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe took place today in a hybrid format, benefitting both a strong mobilisation of its members, as well as the participation of the Programme managers presenting the Centre’s future projects. The Executive...

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The new Faro Convention role-playing game: “Your Faro Way”

19 NOVEMBER 2021

With the aim of fostering a better understanding of the use of the Faro Convention and an increased role of civil society in cultural heritage management, it offers users an opportunity to take on the roles of different heritage stakeholders and develop heritage projects featured in the game,...

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COVID-19 and Children’s Rights:

Children’s mental health and intrafamily violence during COVID-19 pandemic

19 November 2021 Strasbourg

The Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child (CDENF) is organising the 2nd and 3rd editions of the webinar series on the challenges related to children’s rights in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The second webinar titled “Children’s mental health” will be held on 22 November...

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Award Ceremony of the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe to take place on 9 December 2021.

16/11/2021 Lisbon

The 2020 North-South Prize of the Council of Europe will be awarded to the International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP), represented by its President, Judge Navanethem Pillay, in recognition of its contribution to the protection of the right to life and its dedication to...

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To prevent sexual abuse, children’s circle of trust must be made safer

16 November 2021 Strasbourg

Ahead of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse marked on 18 November, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has called on the states to step up their efforts to ensure that children’s “circle of trust” (those around them...

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Ambassador Afonso Malheiro is the new Executive Director of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe.

10/11/2021 Lisbon

At the beginning of November 2021, Ambassador Afonso Henriques Abreu de Azeredo Malheiro took office as Executive Director of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe. His last assignment was as Portuguese Ambassador in Peru for three years. Having pursued a seasoned diplomatic career in...

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Green Blue Deal for the Middle East wins Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award

World Forum for Democracy 10 November 2021 Strasbourg

At the closing session of the 9th World Forum for Democracy, the Council of Europe announced that the winner of its 2021 Democracy Innovation Award was the Green Blue Deal for the Middle East, an initiative by EcoPeace Middle East which brings together Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian...

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World Forum for Democracy 2021: “Can democracy save the environment?”

World Forum for Democracy 2 November 2021 Strasbourg

The World Forum for Democracy will bring together intellectuals, politicians, activists, experts and young people from all over the world from 8 to 10 November to answer the question “Can democracy save the environment” after a year-long, worldwide, online debate about democracy and the...

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The Bern Convention participates in the World Forum for Democracy to answer the question: can democracy save the environment?

9 December 2021

The World Forum for Democracy is a unique platform organised by the Council of Europe in the city of Strasbourg, where political decision-makers and activists debate solutions to key challenges for democracies. The Bern Convention has developed its #VoicesOfNature Campaign during this year,...

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Cycling for Democracy: 12th episode - FRANCE

Strasbourg is France’s bicycle capital. As Fabien from the local association CADR 67 tells us about this love story between the city and the two-wheeler, we learn how his initiative collaborates with the municipality to promote cycling in the European capital.

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A new leaflet for parents and teachers

Act for eliminating exclusion and bullying online and offline

4 November 2021 Strasbourg

Approximately 1 child in 3 is cyberbullied at some point during their childhood and adolescence, and almost 40% of victims consider that speaking to a parent or teacher about the issue will only make it worse. Being involved in bullying, whether as a victim or propagator, can have a permanent...

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European Youth Card as a tool to build resilient communities

Youth Conference ReStart ReNew ReIntegrate

29 October Budapest/hybrid

On 29 October 2021, a seminar of the Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility through the Youth Card took place in Budapest in the framework of the Youth Conference ReStart ReNew ReIntegrate- Opportunities for young people after coronavirus held under the Hungarian Chairmanship of the Council of...

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2022: a youth campaign for revitalising democracy!

October 2021

At its meeting on 12 and 13 October 2021, the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) approved a proposal to launch, in 2022, a youth campaign for revitalising democracy. Youth for democracy, democracy for youth (working title) will be the rallying cry for this new youth campaign which is being organised at...

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Dudgeon v. the United Kingdom, 22 October 1981

The 40th anniversary of a key European Court of Human Rights case that led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality - a turning point for LGBTI persons

22 October 2021 Strasbourg

The fight for LGBTI persons to enjoy their human rights has not been an easy one. 40 years ago today, Jeffrey Dudgeon found justice at the European Court of Human Rights, after facing police raids, intrusive interrogation about his sexual activities and the confiscation of his personal letters...

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High-level conference: Progress towards meaningful child participation in decision making

21 October 2021 Online

On 21 October 2021, the Council of Europe Children’s Rights Division is hosting an online high-level conference on “Progress towards meaningful child participation in decision making – a multi-stakeholder dialogue”, organised in the framework of the European Union and Council of Europe joint...

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Online trainings for ICC member cities

20 October 2021

The Intercultural Cities Programme has developed a series of online trainings for member cities to facilitate online capacity-building. The training courses can be carried out independently by participants at their own pace. The following courses are available at this time: An online antirumours...

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e-learning cultural heritage management platform

Welcome to the NEW ST21 MooC!

20 October 2021

The European Heritage Strategy for the 21st century (ST21) aims to promote a unifying approach to cultural heritage as a resource for democracy. The new ST21 MooC (Massive Open Online Course) helps to address some of the challenges related to social cohesion, economic and territorial development,...

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Managing persons accused or convicted of a sexual offence: Council of Europe issues new guidelines

Committee of Ministers 20 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe today issued a Recommendation to its 47 members states containing new guidelines regarding the assessment, management and reintegration of persons accused or convicted of a sexual offence. Adopted by the Committee of Ministers, the Recommendation aims to guide national...

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Human trafficking: UK urged to better identify and assist victims

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 20 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s expert group on human trafficking has urged the United Kingdom to take further steps to improve the identification of trafficking victims, to make sure victims receive legal and psychological assistance and to ensure that more traffickers are convicted. These are among the...

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GRETA publishes its third report on the United Kingdom

20 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s expert group on human trafficking has urged the United Kingdom to take further steps to improve the identification of trafficking victims, to make sure victims receive legal and psychological assistance and to ensure that more traffickers are convicted. These are among the...

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Launch of 3rd Edition of Compasito: A manual for Human Rights Education with Children

20 October 2021 European Youth Centre Budapest and Online, 11h30-13h

We kindly invite you to attend the Launch event of the 3rd edition of Compasito: A manual for Human Rights Education with Children organised by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe in the context of the Hungarian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers. Compasito is the Council of...

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Cycling for Democracy: 7th episode - ISRAEL

19 October 2021

From Tel Aviv, Gidon Bromberg tells us about EcoPeace and its battle against water scarcity in the Middle East. As we follow Gidon's bicycle through the white city and through the old Jaffa, the relationship between ecology and peace grows clearer.

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European Anti-Trafficking Day: Put victims’ rights first when tackling online and technology-facilitated trafficking

18 October 2021 Europe

On European Anti-Trafficking Day (18 October), the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) calls on governments to counter technology-assisted human trafficking and to consider the best interests of victims when designing and using technological...

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Fourth Regional Seminar “Faro Convention: from words to action”

14-15 October 2021 Bucharest, Romania

The Council of Europe, the National Institute of Heritage of Romania and the Romanian Ministry of Culture are jointly organising a high-level meeting “Faro Convention: from words to action”, to take place on 14 and 15 October 2021 in Bucharest, Romania. The event will take place in a hybrid...

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Committee of Ministers adopts recommendation on Revised European Sports Charter

Committee of Ministers 13 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers has adopted a recommendation on the Revised European Sports Charter submitted by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS). The revised version concludes a process initiated by the 15th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for sport in Tbilisi in...

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Secretary General at Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism

Secretary General 13 October 2021 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić is taking part in the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism on 13 October 2021. She is making a speech and is taking part in the panel entitled “Countering contemporary antisemitism and other forms of racism online...

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Slovenia: first report on implementation of the Istanbul Convention notes many positive measures

GREVIO 12 October 2021 Strasbourg

The first evaluation report of Slovenia’s implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (“the Istanbul Convention”) has been published together with the comments by Slovenian authorities. The report highlights numerous...

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Would you like to know more about the Global Education Week 2021 edition?

12/10/2021 Lisbon

November is just around the corner and so is a new edition of the Global Education Week. It will be an opportunity for many actors (Non-Governmental Organisations, teachers, educators, governments...) to celebrate and promote Global Education from 15 to 21 November, as a tool for world awareness...

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Cycling for Democracy: 5th episode - GREECE

12 October 2021

A social entrepreneur must be able to adapt to any kind of crisis. Melina from Wise Greece, a food initiative based in Athens, knows it. We meet her during the recent heatwave and wildfires burning in Greece, the last of a series of crisis faced by this Mediterranean country. The initiative has a...

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Launch of a new project on women’s access to justice in Turkey

11/10/2021 Ankara

On 1 October 2021, the Council of Europe Gender Equality Division in co-operation with the Council of Europe Office in Ankara began implementing the new action “Fostering women’s access to justice in Turkey” under the joint European Union and Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for...

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#JustSayYesEODD

Join us online to celebrate the European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation on 9 October 2021!

9th October 2021 Online

Organ, tissue and cell transplantation is one of the great medical success stories of modern times. In many cases, it is the only life-saving treatment for patients with end-stage organ failure, devastating burn injuries or blood cancers, and in many others it can significantly improve the...

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2021 Nobel Peace Prize: Statement by the Council of Europe Secretary General

Secretary General 8 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, today made the following statement: "I am delighted that the Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of...

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Secretary General opens conference on women’s access to justice and full ratification of the Istanbul Convention

Secretary General 7 October 2021 Strasbourg

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Istanbul Convention – the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence – the Council of Europe is holding an international conference on 7-8 October 2021 to promote full ratification and implementation of...

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Czech Republic should intensify efforts to combat stereotypes and hate speech against national minorities

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) 6 October 2021 Strasbourg

In its latest Opinion on the Czech Republic the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM), whilst acknowledging some progress in combatting discrimination, urges the authorities to intensify their efforts to combat stereotypes and prejudice...

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Commission against racism and intolerance publishes conclusions on Russia and Latvia

Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 5 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published its conclusions on the implementation of its priority recommendations made in 2019, by Russia and by Latvia. In its conclusions ECRI expresses its concern about the non-implementation by Russia of the priority...

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10th Annual Advisory Forum on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: Online from 29 September-1 October

The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Annual Advisory Forum 2021 “Resilient and Sustainable Cultural Routes – Innovating Out of Crisis" will take place online from 30 September-1 October. Organised by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) in...

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What impact for the Lanzarote Convention?

1 October 2021 Webinar

What impact on the international and national scenes for the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (the Lanzarote Convention)? Join and find out during our webinar on Monday 4 October 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CET). This...

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Launch of the review on European plant strategy, 2011-2020

1 October

The Bern Convention is delighted to announce the launch of "A Review of European progress towards the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation”, an important text analysing the last ten years of efforts towards better flora conservation across Europe, elaborated by the Convention’s esteemed...

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