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n°34 May 2012



Preparations for the next two major AICESIS events are ongoing: firstly, the international conference co-organised with the ILO on the Social protection floor for a fair and inclusive globalisation and the role of social dialogue (Geneva, ILO headquarters, 8-9 May 2012) and secondly, the General Assembly in Rio (14-15 June 2012). The success of these two events would be an important step in the Association’s development.




SUMMER UNIVERSITY: Application forms for the summer university, to take place on 16-22 September 2012 in Shanghai (China), must be sent to aicesis@aicesis.org by 30 April.
Read the application form



  • Working group: The responses of the ESCs/SIs and civil society to the world energy and financial crisis. The Russian Civic Chamber is currently drawing up the document which will be submitted to the General Assembly in Rio.
  • ILO working group: Youth employment. The second memo drafted by the rapporteur general (Mr Bouras, Algeria) will shortly be sent out to all members.
    Read the first memo
  • ECOSOC working group: Promoting productive activity, employment and decent work to eliminate poverty in the context of inclusive, sustainable and fair economic growth and at all levels in order to achieve the MDGs. The second memo drafted by the rapporteur (Mr Kamano, Guinea) will shortly be sent out to all members.
    Read the first memo
  • Rio+20 working group: The environment. The second memo drafted by the rapporteur (Professor Kang, Korea) to prepare the AICESIS’s contribution to the UN Rio+20 conference has been sent to all members. Several ESCs have sent their comments.
    Read the second memo
  • 8-9 May (Geneva, Switzerland): The AICESIS and the ILO are co-organising an international conference on the Social protection floor for a fair and inclusive globalisation and the role of social dialogue. ILO Director-General Juan Somavia and AICESIS president Mohamed Seghir Babes will participate.
    A cooperation agreement between the AICESIS and the ILO will be signed at this event.
    Read the programme
    Read the draft agreement

REMINDER! Those attending the conference in Geneva are asked to inform the AICESIS general-secretariat (aicesis@aicesis.org) to facilitate arrangements for expenses and to ensure that the event runs smoothly.



  • Mauritius: Dr Martha Theodorou, AICESIS chargée de mission on communication, has prepared a memo with the Mauritius NESC on social dialogue in Mauritius.
    Read the memo
  • Algeria: The CNES of Algeria has recently carried out two major initiatives: organising the "First civil society estates general" and, upon referral to the CNES by the President of the Republic of Algeria, organising national concertation on local development. A summary document on the CNES of Algeria and civil society: towards a participatory dynamic in line with public expectations records these good practices.
    Read the document
  • China and Europe: On 12 April 2012, the 11th EU-China Round Table was organised by the ESC of China in Hangzhou (China).
  • Europe: On 10 May 2012, the European ESC is organising a meeting with the councils of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) in Brussels (Belgium).
  • France: At the plenary session on 13 March 2012, the CESE adopted its opinion on the safety of offshore oil rigs with a view to the preventive management of environmental dangers
  • Mauritius: Marc Hein has resigned as president of the National Economic and Social Council of Mauritius after being appointed president of the Financial Services Commission (FSC). His successor will be appointed shortly.
  • CAR: The ESC of the Central African Republic closed its first ordinary session on 20 March 2012. The Head of State was represented by the Minister of State for Finance and the Budget. During the session, bureau membership was partly renewed and the ESC gave its opinion on two draft laws dealing with the agro-pastoral land code and the protection of children.
  • ILO: The ILO’s Paris office has set up a Facebook page focusing on youth employment with a view to the general debate on this subject at the International Labour Conference (31 May 25 June 2012) and the Youth Forum which will also take place in Geneva on 23-25 May 2012.
    To express your views on this subject, go to: http://www.facebook.com/youth.ilo
  • UCESIF: The Union of French-speaking Economic and Social Councils (UCESIF) is organising a seminar on sustainable development and solidarity and the role of an ESC in Brazzaville (Congo) on 2-3 May 2012.
    Read the programme
  • UNITAR: From 14 May to 10 June 2012, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), with the support of Bertrand Durufle, honorary secretary-general of AICESIS, is organising an online, four-week course (in French only at the moment) on ESCs and similar institutions in the world.
    Information and registration: http://www.unitar.org/event/les-con...
    For further information: mdp-elearning@unitar.org

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