European states must respond to school violence based on sexual orientation - new CoE/UNESCO report

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 13 December 2018 Strasbourg

Violence at schools based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or sex characteristics occurs everywhere in Europe and is acutely underreported. The efforts of the European education authorities to address the problem must be stepped up in order to create safe environment for...

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Roundtable on “Delivering real change: effectively protecting refugee and migrant children’s rights”

13-14 December 2018 Strasbourg

Because they are one of the most vulnerable groups of people in Europe, refugee and migrant children are a particular concern for the Council of Europe when it comes to defending children’s rights. In association with the Special Representative, the Children’s rights division has therefore...

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First Regional Seminar of the European Commission/Council of Europe joint programme “The Faro Way”

13-14 December 2018 Madrid, Spain

As part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and in co-operation with the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports, a first seminar of the joint project “The Faro Way: enhanced participation in cultural heritage” will bring together in Madrid on 13-14 December 2018 representatives from seven...

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Human Rights Day 10 December 2018

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 10 December 2018 Strasbourg

Statement by Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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KCOOS+ project goes global with tackling manipulations of sports competitions

12-13 December 2018 Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

The Keep Crime Out of Sport Plus Project (KCOOS+) will be organizing its first regional seminar on the South American continent, in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, from 12-13 December 2018. The Seminar, co-organised with the Spanish High Council for Sport of the Ministry for Sport, in framework...

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“The Competences we need” - Documentary on the Council of Europe Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC)

7 December 2018 Strasbourg

“We were not born as fully informed and active citizens. This is something that we become with time”. This is the opening sentence of the new documentary produced by the Education Department on the Council of Europe Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC). The video...

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Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)11 of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers to member States

Call on Civil Society to disseminate the recommendation of the Council of Europe on the need to strengthen the protection and promotion of civil society space in Europe

7 December 2018 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a recommendation to member States to take effective measures to protect and promote civil society space. Civil society organizations are invited to bring this recommendation to the attention of national authorities, ask for its...

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#EuropeForCulture – Closing Conference of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

6-7 December 2018 Vienna, Austria

Heritage professionals and policy makers are meeting in Vienna on 6-7 December to close the programme of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. After 12 months and over 11,700 events involving 6.2 million people, the Year successfully raised public awareness, disseminated examples of good...

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North-South Prize 2018 honours fight to end female genital mutilation and to promote sustainable cities

North-South Centre 6 December 2018 Lisbon

Jaha Mapenzi Dukureh, founder and CEO of the Non-Governmental organisation “Safe Hands for Girls”, and Damien Carême, Mayor of Grande-Synthe, are the laureates of the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe 2018. Through “Safe Hands for Girls”, Jaha Dukureh provides support to African women...

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United Kingdom signed the CETS No. 215

6 December 2018 London, United Kingdom

S. E. Ms. Mims Davies, Minister for Sport and Civil Society of the United Kingdom, on 6 December 2018 signed the Convention of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions (CETS No. 215) in the presence of Ms. Gabriella Battaini Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General, in...

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Governments and sports bodies to analyse corruption in sport

Deputy Secretary General 5 December 2018 London

From fraud to bribery, from illegal betting to doping, from match-fixing to money laundering: Corruption in Sport is a global phenomenon threatening the integrity of the overall industry and posing a major challenge for today’s societies. The International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport...

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Challenges to democracy: Dialogue, consultation and good governance needed

28-30 November 2018 Strasbourg, France

The 9th meeting of the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) on 28-30 November proved to be an occasion for in-depth exchanges of views and best practices on decentralisation, good governance and democracy. The Director General of Democracy, Snežana Samardžić-Marković, illustrated...

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Council of Europe Development Bank provides financial assistance for refugee healthcare in Ceuta and Melilla

Council of Europe Development bank (CEB) 3 December 2018 Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), Ambassador Tomáš Boček, attended the Council of Europe Development bank’s (CEB) signature ceremony of a grant agreement with Instituto Nacional de Gestión Sanitaria (INGESA), in Melilla today. The CEB is...

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New Council of Europe e-learning course on safety, security and service at sports events

5 December 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe launches its new e-learning course on safety, security and service at sports events. The course has been prepared within the framework of the Council of Europe and the European Union joint project entitled “Promoting and Strengthening the Council of Europe standards on...

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Wladimir Klitschko and Snežana Samardžić-Marković have become new members of the UEFA Foundation for Children board of trustees

29 November 2018

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko and Snežana Samardžić-Marković, director general of democracy at the Council of Europe, have joined the UEFA Foundation for Children's board of trustees. The UEFA Foundation for Children, which aims to help young people in difficult...

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Holy See: Council of Europe, Conference on Cultural Routes as journeys of faith and encounter


Intended to highlight the recent accession of the Holy See to the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA), the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the Council of Europe and the Council of Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE) co-organised a conference...

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 25 November 2018 Strasbourg

Declaration by the Finnish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers

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Azerbaijan: How to prevent and detect trafficking for labour exploitation

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 23 November 2018 Strasbourg

Azerbaijan: progress made in countering human trafficking, but more must be done to prevent and detect trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation

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Upholding the child’s right to a family after parents’ separation

Council of Europe 22 November 2018 Strasbourg

Shared parenting after separation/divorce, children’s rights and the role of the states in safeguarding best interests of the child is the key theme of the 4th International Conference for Shared Parenting held under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on 22-23 November...

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Ending misconceptions about the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

Council of Europe 22 November 2018 Strasbourg

Ending violence against women is not about ending traditions or ending sexual differences

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Ukraine: the fight against human trafficking must go on

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 22 November 2018 Strasbourg

GRETA publishes second report on Ukraine

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The "Think Outside the Box" campaign

21 November 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Bern Convention is delighted to announce the launch of its campaign “Think Outside the Box”, which aims at raising awareness about the diseases that exotic pets may carry and which can decimate wild amphibian and reptile populations. Dissemination work is supported by a number of Campaign...

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Democracy Innovation Award 2018: and the winner is...

World Forum for Democracy 21 November 2018 Strasbourg

Today, at the closing session of the World Forum for Democracy, the Council of Europe announced that the winner of its Democracy Innovation Award was the initiative Self-Representation of Women in Kenyan Courts. Three initiatives out of the 30 or so presented at the Forum were shortlisted for the...

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Marlène Schiappa: gender equality, a priority for the French Chairmanship of the Council of Europe in 2019

World Forum for Democracy 20 November 2018 Strasbourg

The French Minister of State for gender equality has announced that practical measures will be taken during the French Chairmanship to promote the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (better known as the “Istanbul Convention”)....

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Universal Children’s Day (20 November)

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 19 November 2018 Strasbourg

Statement by Marija Pejčinović Burić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

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Romania should improve the protection of persons with disabilities, combat violence against women, safeguard press freedom and maintain the independence of the judiciary

Commissioner for Human Rights 17 November 2018 Strasbourg

“Romania needs to strengthen its institutional framework to better protect the rights of persons with disabilities, and should step up the efforts to combat violence against women,” said today Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of her five-day visit to...

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Making sport safe for children: Stop Child Sexual Abuse Day

Secretary General 16 November 2018 Strasbourg

Governments and sports organisations must redouble their efforts to break the silence surrounding sexual abuse of children in sports, prevent it and fight impunity, stressed the Secretary General of the Council of Europe ahead of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual...

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World Forum for Democracy 2018 - Gender Equality : Whose Battle ?

19-21 November 2018 Strasbourg, France

A year after the #MeToo movement first started, the World Forum for Democracy 2018, from 19 to 21 November, will focus on gender equality and women’s rights, in particular, women’s public, political and economic participation, and on combating violence against women. Dolores Delgado Garcia,...

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Andorra’s Pioneering Work on Education Enshrined in Action Plan

15 November 2018 Oslo, Norway

An action plan to ensure the continuation of Andorra’s pioneering work on education in cooperation with the Council of Europe has been signed today. Andorran Minister for Education and Higher Education Eric Jover Comas and Council of Europe Director General of Democracy Snežana...

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Schools are ‘the foundation on which we build inclusive societies’, says Council of Europe Secretary General

14 November 2018 Oslo, Norway

The new Council of Europe education campaign – Free to Speak, Safe to Learn – Democratic Schools for All – has been enthusiastically launched in Oslo, in the presence of the Norwegian Prime Minister, education ministers, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, education experts,...

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