News from the Summer Session of the Conference of INGOS, 26-30 June 2017

40 years of dialogue between civil society and the Council of Europe: Looking back but moving forward
Strasbourg 7 July 2017
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News from the Summer Session of the Conference of INGOS, 26-30 June 2017

Last week’s session of the Conference of INGOs was the occasion to look back 40 years to the first meeting of the Conference of INGOs and to reflect on the progress made over the years.  The Conference expresses its sincere thanks to the Mayor of Strasbourg who hosted a reception to mark this anniversary.

It  was also the occasion to welcome new recruits to the Conference, not only INGOs recently granted participatory status but also some new faces elected to the posts of Chair and Vice-Chairs of the thematic committees.  The new leadership of the thematic committees is as follows:

  • Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges  Chair: Thierry Mathieu; Vice-chairs: Gerhard Ermischer and Alexandra Luminata Petrescu
  • Education and Culture Chair: Claude Vivier le Got; Vice-chairs: Karl Donert and Julianne Lagadec
  • Human Rights  Chair: Simon Matthijssen; Vice-chairs: Miguel Cabral and Iamvi Totsi

Addressing the Conference of INGOs, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe reiterated her support for the Conference and welcomed the positive developments of the past few years ensuring that the Conference has its place as a true partner in the Organisation.

Among the many varied debates organised during the week, some of the highlights were: