Toronto, Sept.22.– The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) obtained participatory status as an international non-governmental organization (INGO) with the Council of Europe as of August 28.
INGOs with participatory status form the Conference of INGOs, which represents civil society at the Council of Europe and works to promote participatory democracy. In addition to holding two annual sessions, it organizes events linked to the priorities of the Council of Europe.
The Council of Europe grants participatory status in recognition of the fact thatindependent non-governmental organizations are an essential component of every democratic society, guaranteeing freedom of expression and association.
The participatory status of the Conference of INGOs paves the way for the initiation of consultations on topics of mutual interest between the INGOs and the Council of Europe bodies, namely the Committee of Ministers and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe ...
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