World Forum for Democracy 2018 : “Gender equality: Whose battle?”

Strasbourg 19-21 novembre
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The World Forum for Democracy 2018 will be dedicated to gender equality and women’s rights. It will focus in particular on women’s public, political and economic participation and on combating violence against women in the wake of #MeToo.

Dolores Delgado García, Minister of Justice of Spain, and Marlène Schiappa, French Secretary of State for Gender Equality, will speak at the opening of the Forum.

Press release  – Programme - Retransmission

Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35, mobile +33 6 08 46 01 57


Finland assumes Presidency of Committee of Ministers

Strasbourg 21 November
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Finland will take over from Croatia the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for the next six months. The outgoing Chairperson, Marija Pejčinović Burić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, will take stock of Croatia’s Presidency and make a hand over to her successor Timo Soini, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland, who will present the priorities of his country’s Presidency.

There will be photo opportunities at the opening of the meeting (11 a.m., Committee of Ministers meeting room – Palais, 2nd floor) and at the moment of transfer (around 12 p.m., same venue).

As per tradition for all countries acceding to the Presidency, the flag of Finland will be raised in the city centre of Strasbourg (at 4 p.m., Place de la République). Before, at 3.30 p.m., a tramway with the colors of Finland will be inaugurated at the station “Droits de l’Homme”.

Contacts: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35 (Committee of Ministers); Päivi Suhonen, tel. +33 3 90 21 53 70 (Finland)


Other events

17-20 November, Doha (Qatar)

The Youth Department, in co-operation with the League of Arab States and the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Qatar, will organise a training course to support the development and implementation of youth policy based on a meaningful participation and gender equality. The course will bring together 30 youth leaders, youth workers and public employees to explore how young people participate in social and political life, with a specific emphasis placed on ensuring and promoting gender equality.

More about Euro-Arab youth cooperation

19 November, Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet Dolores Delgado García, Minister of Justice of Spain.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

19 November, Strasbourg (UGC Ciné Cité, 7.30 p.m.)

The European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, established by the Council of Europe in 2015, is marked on 18 November. This year, it will focus on the protection of children against sexual abuse in sport.

On the occasion of the day, the Council of Europe’s Children’s Rights Division, in co-operation with the Strasbourg University Hospital and the UGC Ciné Cité, will organise the screening of the film “Les Chatouilles” (in French).

The screening will be followed by the debate on the theme “Sexual violence against children: prevention, detection, impact, support and medical care of victims”.

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41

19-21 November, Ukraine

Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of obligations and commitments by Ukraine will make a fact-finding visit to the country.

More information

20 November, Moscow

At an event held under the Council of Europe’s HELP programme in Russia the results achieved over the three years of its activities in Russia will be discussed, and a new phase of the co-operation between the Council of Europe and Russia will be launched. Christos Giakoumopoulos, Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law Directorate General of the Council of Europe; Mikhail Galperin, Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation; Vladimir Davydov, Deputy Head of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation will open the event, and a large number of legal and education professionals will participate.

The Forum organised by the Council of Europe and by the Russian State University of Justice (RSUJ) will take place at the RSUJ (Novocheremushkinskaya street, 69) and will be open to media strictly upon prior registration. The event will take place from 9.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41

20 November, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 10 judgments.

ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

20 November, Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Armenia.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

20 November, London (Lewisham Civic Suite)

Lewisham Council and Intercultural Cities in the UK will hold a roundtable to showcase the work the Intercultural Cities Programme (ICC) is doing internationally and explore how this is relevant to the UK context. The event will also formally welcome in three new ICC UK members (Bradford, Manchester and Kirklees).

Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

20-22 November, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will carry out a monitoring visit in the cities of Sarajevo, East Sarajevo and Banja Luka. The delegation will meet high representatives of the State institutions, the component Entities and the Brčko District, and the local authorities and their associations. The second part of this visit will be organised in early 2019.

21 November, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will hold a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Magyar Kétfarkú Kutya Párt v. Hungary (9.15 a.m.).

The case concerns a political party’s complaint about domestic court findings that a mobile telephone application it developed to allow voters to show and comment on invalid ballots cast during a 2016 referendum on European Union migrant relocation plans broke election rules.

More information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

21 November, Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet, in the context of the transfer of the Committee of Ministers’ Chairmanship from Croatia to Finland, Marija Pejčinović Burić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, and Timo Soini, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

21-23 November, Rome

The European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction will gather, at the invitation of the Italian Government, some 800 representatives of European countries, stakeholder groups and partners.

The Forum is organised by he United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction, the European Union and the Council of Europe’s European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement.

High-level government representatives, parliamentarians, NGOs, academics, representatives of the private sector, media and civil society, will work together to accelerate the implementation of the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in coherence with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Video message by Council of Europe’s Deputy Secretary General

Contact : Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

22 November, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 11 judgments and/or decisions.

ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

22-23 November, Strasbourg (Palais de l’Europe)

Shared parenting after separation/divorce in the context of social justice and children’s rights will be the key theme of the 4th International Conference for Shared Parenting held under the auspices of the Secretary General. The conference will look at how both parents, even after separation and divorce, can play a vital role in their children’s lives, how this issue is addressed in various countries in Europe and beyond, taking into account best interests of the child.

It will be opened by Gabriella Battani-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General, and will feature addresses by renowned international experts, including judges, law professors, sociologists, public health specialists, as well as representatives of major governmental and international structures.

The conference is organised by the International Council on Shared Parenting and supported by the City of Strasbourg, the University of Strasbourg and the Jardin des Sciences.

The conference is open for media. Advance media registration is mandatory. There will be possibilities for international and French-speaking media to pose questions to the experts on 22 and 23 November respectively.

More information about the conferenceChildren Rights Unit of the Council of Europe

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 685 11 64 93

22-23 November, Poland

The Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, will deliver a keynote speech at the Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy, an annual event organised by the ministry of foreign affairs. She will also hold bilateral meetings with high ranking officials and representatives of the civil society.

23 November, Barcelona (Spain)

The Council of Europe will launch a course aimed at training Spanish judges, lawyers and prosecutors in applying European and international standards in their daily work with refugee and migrant children. The course has been developed by the Programme of Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) and the Secretary General’s Special Representative on Migration and Refugees’s Office. Adapted to the specific legal framework of the countries where it will be launched, the course covers issues such as child-friendly procedures, alternatives to detention, family reunification, social rights, integration in host societies, guardianship and age assessment. At the launch, co-organised with the Spanish Judiciary School, SGSR on Migration and Refugees Tomáš Boček will present the Council of Europe’s Action Plan on Protecting Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe (2017-2019).

Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 47 04

23 November, Helsinki

PACE Standing Committee will meet at the Finnish Parliament, as Finland begins its presidency of the Council of Europe’s ministerial body. PACE President Liliane Maury Pasquier will open the meeting, followed by a welcome address by the Speaker of the Finnish Parliament Paula Risikko, and an exchange of views with Anna Rurka, President of the Council of Europe Conference of INGOs. The parliamentarians will hold another exchange of views with the Finnish Foreign Affairs Minister Timo Soini, who will chair the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers for the next six months.The PACE President and Speaker will launch a Europe-wide initiative to combat violence against women in parliaments, #NotInMyParliament. Ms Maury Pasquier will also hold bilateral meetings, in particular with the Speaker of Parliament, the Justice Minister and the Secretary of State at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

More information - Draft agenda


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