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The Launch Event was attended by representatives of the Diplomatic Corps at the Council of Europe, by representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly, as well as the CoE Director General for Democracy, Ms Snezana Markovic. When the Toolkit presentation talked about the high visibility achieved through its dedicated website (see address below), the audience gave a spontaneous applause.
The Dialogue Toolkit was conceived as a follow-up to the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue (2008) and as an implementation facility for the report, ‘Living together in the 21st century’ (2011). The aim of the Dialogue Toolkit is ‘to provide a hands-on and user-friendly manual’. It strives to ‘build social cohesion and a human-rights based approach to diversity issues’ in the face of increasing xenophobia.
The Dialogue Toolkit is the third product created to improve the practice of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, and follows the ‘Code of Good Practice on Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process’, and the ‘Expert Council on NGO Law’.
Christoph Spreng, the IofC Representative at the Council of Europe, and Denzil Nurse, of IofC UK and Hope in the Cities, contributed to the ‘Toolkit’. Both Caux IofC and IofC International are sponsors of the publication, and Caux Books is the publisher.
A ‘Dialogue Hub’ has been established to continue work with the ‘Toolkit’. The INGO Conference hopes to set up implementation agreements with interested parties to create a solution-oriented culture of participation.
The Council of Europe consists of 47 member countries, including Switzerland, and ‘seeks to develop common and democratic principles based on the European Convention of Human Rights’.
Who we are: Initiatives of Change (IofC) is a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with their own.
Purpose: We work to inspire, equip and connect people to address world needs, starting with themselves, in the areas of trustbuilding, ethical leadership and sustainable living.
Omnia Marzouk, President, IofC International
'Nothing lasting can be built without a desire by people to live differently and exemplify the changes they want to see in society.'