Action plan 2015-2017
Europe is in the midst of a deep crisis: the violation of borders between member states, the loss of credibility of political parties, the impact of the economic recession on public finances, employment and livelihoods, shock wave of external conflicts through migratory flows, and the feeling of insecurity that leads to the temptation of identity withdrawal. The continent is plagued by anxiety and multiple confrontations caused by ethical, political, demographic and social choices overlappint climate issues.
In January 2015, our committee chose to discuss urgently the impact of terrorism on the evolution of our societies, with a priority : make cohesion. As in every meeting, we invited young, courageous and active actors on the ground, national associations with which we formed a working group, with the aim of mobilizing all our NGOs, whatever their sector of activity, for a positive approach towards a cohesive society.
All of us know that migratory movements give rise in all our countries, without exception, to irrational fears which often make the bed of extreme positions. Our committee intends to continue the fight started in January 2014, following the first drama of Lampedusa and continue the search for solutions at both ends of the migratory chain. While knowing that demographic transfers are a global issue that goes far beyond the goodwill of asylum countries. Also, the Migrations working group wanted to place their work within the framework of the Europe-Mediterranean relations.
In addition, over the past three years, our committee has been working on climate change and human rights in preparation for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21 / CMP11) in Paris in December 2015 and Marrakech in December 2016. Hearings and joint work with the parliamentarian assembly and NGOs involved in the field allowed a wide dissemination of its positions. We were pleased to note that the President of France, the 2015 host country, the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki Moon, and Pope Francis during his visit to the Council of Europe, integrated human rights into their speeches on The climate, while the subject was almost taboo three years ago.
Another major concern is the issue of health issues. The economic crisis and the intra-national and international displacement of patients and health personnel, the absence of appropriate standards and planning in the states, reveal new and cumulative difficulties, diagnosis and therapeutic management of patients. The Committee considers it its duty to denounce practices contrary to human rights. It seems to us urgent and possible to promote new rules which have not yet been considered. It wishes to do so in collaboration with the Parliamentary Assembly and other bodies of the Council of Europe.
The last major subject for our committee is that of problems related to the environment and the territory. The Council of Europe has been a pioneer in these fields. It carries exemplary conventions, both in terms of their approach to human rights and democracy. These conventions are ferments of peace and balance between regions and states. Our commission therefore has the ambition to deal with shared territories, both in terms of resources and responsibilities, in as cross-cutting and integrated a way as possible. The diversity of the associations present in the Conference and of external experts allows this. Again, from the beginning of our committee, the role of young people has been a constant feature of our work, from the governance of metropolises to inclusive cities. Please see the website of the DCSEM commission
Participation will continue to be the main subject of advocacy by the Commission in each area. The next months will be marked by the follow-up of the "Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in Decision-making" adopted in 2009 by the Conference of INGOs and the reply to the report of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities entitled "Partnership between Local and regional authorities and civil society to encourage active citizenship and participation "presented for adoption by its members in October 2015. This report benefited from the advice of experts from the Conference of INGOs.
Discussions on cohesive actions are under way with the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) and greater participation in the European Local Democracy Week is on the agenda for the next three years. In addition, there is advice and encouragement to countries wishing to follow the Council of Europe guidelines in the field of participatory democracy.
Climate, migration, health issues, social cohesion, territorial sharing and participation. It is the responsibility of our Committee to allow the Conference of INGOs to propose innovative responses that will foster the democratic debate in each of these areas. Both on the European continent and in neighboring and partner countries
We therefore decided to give priority to eight working groups in the course of the present mandate, divided into three clusters, the files of which are attached:
GT Climate and Human Rights
GT Economics of health
Cohesion of men and territories
GT Shared Territories
GT Inclusive society: from living together to doing together
GT Study of a network of European intercultural alliances
Axis Governance and Participatory Democracy
GT Code of Practice for Civil Participation in Decision-Making
GT Gender Perspectives in Political and Democratic Processes
29 January 2015
28 June 2015 (summer session): departure of the InterFaith tour committee
29 September 2015 (autumn session): Side-event on Climate -29 September labeled by France
Mid-October: participation of NGOs members of the Commission in the European Local Democracy Week
18 November 2015 Lab moderation in the framework of the World Forum on Democracy
9 and 10 December 2015: organization of two side events of the Climate Summit in Paris
January 2016: migrations
June 2016: organization of a day of debate on the theme of health (age and health)
The other themes will be the subject of demonstrations and commission work, conducted in association with the other actors of the quadrilogue present at the Council of Europe, national and local NGOs in the fields under consideration as well as civil society organizations Other international and intergovernmental bodies, with the aim of sharing as widely as possible the major principles, work and campaigns of the Council of Europe.