The key challenges in Europe and worldwide in the years ahead will inevitably involve the governance and future of territories, the cohesion, protection and well-being of human beings and the resilience of land and communities in individual countries. Tackling them is a task for those who govern us and also for our NGOs, at local, national and European level.

The Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges Committtee proposes a strategy based on strong partnership with all the relevant stakeholders focusing on four areas of action: promotion of civil society participation in political decision-making, prevention of corruption, protection of human beings and human dignity, and solidarity in responding to risks.

Key documents

Working groups:


Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges Committee

 Thierry Mathieu, International Association for Hospital Hygiene (IARHH)

 Gerhard Ermischer, CIVILSCAPE
Luminita Petrescu, International Federation for Therapy and Assistance through Mediation (FITRAM)


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