The ECMI hosts International Consultative Meeting of Intergovernmental Organizations Active in Minority Issues

From 17-18 September 2004, the Flensburg-based European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) welcomed representatives from intergovernmental and major international organizations, such as the Council of Europe, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) to discuss issues and strategies advancing needs assessment, programming and evaluation measures within the field of minority issues in Europe.

Following on from a preliminary meeting in September 2002, this second meeting built upon the previously-established issues and strategies with the aim of facilitating inter-agency and inter-organizational exchanges in programming areas and of increasing the effective delivery of programmes involving issues relating to minorities. The meeting succeeded in its aim both to strengthen and add to existing ties between organizations working in this field, and to lay the groundwork for further developments in each of the three topic areas. It will also provide the basis of an informational exchange network linking intergovernmental institutions, non-governmental organizations, and other agencies active in the area of human rights and minority issues.

One outcome of this meeting was to follow up in the summer of 2005 with a meeting of intergovernmental organizations, major non-governmental organizations and stakeholders. The goal of this third meeting will be to reflect upon the outcomes of the discussions of the 2004 meeting and their possible impact on NGOs and civil society, and to further facilitate the exchange of information and experiences relating to programming methodologies. Other tentative follow-on activities include the collaborative generation of a Guide to Good Practices among Organizations Active in Minority Issues and a possible Draft Code on Common Principles and Practices on Ethnic Data Collection.

For further information regarding the meeting programme and aims or about related ECMI projects, please contact: Colleen French, Special Assistant to the Director at: french@ecmi.de or +49-461-141-49-30, or Maj-Britt Hansen, Project Associate at: hansen@ecmi.de or +49-461-141-49-0. Copies of the meeting�s proceedings will be available in October 2004 on the ECMI website at: www.ecmi.de

ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State