Click on the flag to choose the language.

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.

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 translation into the national language and monitor its implementation by their governments.

Committee on Democracy, Social cohesion and Global Challenges
Transversal working group on Social and territorial cohesion
Dear colleagues and friends,
Let me forward hereby the recommendation adopted by the Standing Committee on behalf of the Conference of INGOs
You can widely spread this attached text in your networks.
Anne Marie Chavanon, Co-coordinator of the Transversal WG on Social and territorial cohesion, Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, will be in Katowice during the second week of COP24.
Thank you for telling me if any of you will be there and if your NGOs are contributing to some actions
Thank you in advance for your commitment and cooperation!
Ph. Grolleau

Please be informed that the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), composed of experts representing the forty-seven member States of the Council of Europe, has organised a half-day workshop, on 29 November 2018 afternoon in Strasbourg, entitled “Protection and promotion of the civil society space in Europe”. All relevant information, including the programme of the workshop, are available on our website.

You will find in attachment the Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)11 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the need to strengthen the protection and promotion of civil society space in Europe.

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 28 November 2018 at the 1330th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)

Information from the Conference of INGOs migration task force

The Standing Committee has created a migration task force whose presentation can be found on the website of the Conference of INGOs. The main objective of the task force is to integrate the concerns of INGOs working with migrants into the reflections and work of all the entities of the Conference.

To better achieve these objectives, the migration task force invites you to enter into dialogue with it by using the dedicated e-mail address : .

In order to gather some preliminary information on your activities related to migrations, the task force proposes you to fill in the attached form. You should first save the document on your device, then fill it out and return it by email to .

Gender Equality : Whose Battle ?

The World forum for democracy 2018 will be dedicated to gender equality and women’s rights. We will focus in particular on women’s public, political and economic participation and on combating violence against women in the wake of #MeToo. The Forum will take place in Strasbourg from 19 to 21 November 2018.


THE HIGHLIGHTS of the Summer session, from the 25th to the 29th of June 2018 : (order of business)

During its summer session, the Conference of INGOs bodies have chosen to address new, relevant and diverse subjects which will be discussed with different stakeholders engaged for human rights, the rule of law and democracy.

At the Human Rights Committee meeting (Tuesday from 9.30 to 13.00), invited speakers will contribute to a debate on data protection and monitoring activities. Member INGOs are invited to actively contribute to the discussion on the future activities of the committee on the subjects of Freedom of expression and Poverty. The association “Regards d’enfants” will present the work of a group of school children on the theme “Human Rights and Sport”.

World Forum for Democracy 2017: Is populism a problem ?

Strasbourg, 8-10 November 2017

Please, find hereafter the Final report, Conclusions, Evaluation data .../...

First broad international initiative that helped recognise hate speech as human right abuse


Hate speech continues to poison public debate, and the urgency to counter it has not diminished over the past years. The youth campaign No Hate Speech Movement (NHSM) conducted by the Council of Europe in 2012-2017 as the first broad international initiative in this field has contributed to recognising hate speech as an abuse of human rights, and has offered valuable lessons for the future. This is a key message of the conference that has brought together some 150 representatives of national campaign committees, European campaign partners and youth organisations at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg today to evaluate the campaign and design way forward.