Poverty, precarity and inequality are on the rise in all European countries and have been reinforced by the crisis. These dramatic phenomena not only weaken the Social Cohesion of European societies but they also violate human rights, including social as well as civil and political rights, and question the functioning of democracy. To be effective, the fight against poverty cannot be limited to targeted and conditionalised measures. It must take into account the relationships and interdependencies existing in society in order to facilitate the sharing of social responsibilities and ensure equal access to material and immaterial resources. This implies to encourage the sharing of resources and common goods, whilst avoiding waste.
To foster the discussion in this direction, the Council of Europe in partnership with the European Union launched the Project “Human Rights of People Experiencing Poverty” as well as the Conference “Poverty and Inequality in Societies of Human Rights: the paradox of democracies – Proposals for an Inclusive Society“. The two-days Conference intends to discuss the issues mentioned above with more than 200 participants from different backgrounds, bringing together institutional actors, researchers, activists, associations, and networks, as well as people living in poverty and precariousness and other citizens involved in related issues.
22 – 23 November 2012, Parc des Expositions, Mulhouse
A Territory of Co-responsibility is a territorial entity (a municipality or group of them) in which a consultation process is actuated in order to achieve new forms of empowerment, vesting community players and ordinary citizens with shared responsibility for the changes which are needed to ensure the well-being of the whole community present and future, in an inclusive, even-handed relationship.
For more information, please contact: Sebastien.Houssin@mulhouse-alsace.fr
Conference “Building Europe through Human Rights: Acting Together against Extreme Poverty”
17 October 2012, Strasbourg
The INGO Conference, with the support of the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, is organising on 17 October – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – a conference at the Council of Europe.
16th November, Barcelona, Spain
A growing number of people across Europe are experiencing a housing crisis and immigrants are amongst the groups particularly affected and often permanently excluded. A large proportion of migrants face overcrowding, poor facilities and hygiene conditions and those who are undocumented are often forced to live as nomads, because of the uncertainty of their legal status, and in undesirable areas that can be detrimental to their health and well-being.