General Assembly of the Council of Europe INGO Conference, 4-6 April 2022
OIDEL has resumed its activity at the Council of Europe after two years of interruption due to the pandemic. From 4 to 6 April, it participated in the General Assembly of the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) of the Council of Europe, the representative body of all INGOs with participatory status in the Council of Europe. The Conference serves as a platform where civil society can interact with the Council of Europe to achieve its objectives.
During the different sessions of the event, which took place in a hybrid format, deep concern was expressed about the situation in Ukraine. Daniel Guéry, President of the Committee for Migrants’ Rights, organised a colloquium with several Ukrainian refugees, including a university professor, to discuss among others the issue of education for migrants.
On the last day, OIDEL supported the proposal for the creation of a new Education Committee to be chaired by Arja Krauchenberg, member of OIDEL’s executive committee. Gerhard Ermischer, President of the Conference, underlined the key role of this committee, which will collaborate in a cross-cutting manner with the other committees, given the importance of education for the creation of democratic societies based on human rights.