Living Together Combining Diversity And Freedom In 21st -Century Europe, France

Deadline: 9 September 2011
Open to: NGOs from Europe, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia are invited to apply
Costs: Travel costs and subsistence expenses are covered

The Conference of INGOs is calling for applications for its Civil Society Forum “Living Together: Combining diversity and freedom in the 21st-century Europe”. The Forum is being held by the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGO) with the support of the Council of Europe. It builds on the outcome of the NGO Forum on “New multicultural challenges: how can NGOs play their part” which the Conference of INGOs organised on 24-25 March in Istanbul.

The Objectives of the Forum are the following:

  •  Give a civil society dimension to the implementation of the “White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue” adopted by the Committee of Ministers in May 2008 and the recommendations of the report of the Group of Eminent Persons on “Living together: Combining diversity and freedom in 21st-century Europe” by identifying new approaches to inclusive multicultural societies in Europe.
  •  Highlight the new multicultural challenges facing European societies and identify best practice in NGO work aiming at mastering diversity and making it a benefit for society.
  •   Offer a framework for
    a.         Sharing experience among NGOs;
    b.         Dialogue between representatives of civil society and representatives of governments, parliaments and local and regional authorities.
  •  Launch the tool kit for the practice of intercultural dialogue.
  •  Pursue co-operation with civil society from the Southern rim of the Mediterranean.


NGOs from Europe, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia are invited to apply. The second day of the Forum, 14 November, is open to INGOs.


The organizers will cover their travel and most of the subsistence expenses. Selection criteria include competence in the fields covered by the Forum, geographic diversity and gender balance.
Representatives of civil society, universities and authorities who wish to participate in the second day of the Forum are requested to register for the Forum. They have to cover their own expenses for travelling to and staying in Strasbourg; registration is free of charge.


You can apply by filling in the online APPLICATION FORM. The deadline for applying is 9 September 2011.

Draft programme

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