The Conference of International Non-governmental Organisations (INGOs)
It unites more than 400 internationally operating non-governmental organisations from all areas of civil society.
These organisations have participatory status at the Council of Europe: They have to be representative within their respective fields, they have to share the Council of Europe’s values, and they have to contribute to the Council of Europe’s work by providing it with their knowledge upon request.
The INGO Conference meets for a plenary session in Strassburg twice a year. In between sessions, the Conference remains in constant contact with the political bodies of the Council of Europe and the Secretariat through its Standing Committee.