26 June 2015

ECRE’s Annual General Conference (AGC) and UNHCR NGO Consultations will be held in The Hague on 14-16 October.

Each year, over 100 representatives from the refugee-assisting community in Europe gather for the ECRE AGC. It is a key moment for the ECRE network as it provides the Secretariat with their general direction for the coming year and allows members to guide ECRE’s policy and advocacy positions, based on their experience at both the national and pan-European levels. This year, given the dynamics of today’s European asylum debate, “ECRE vision” workshops will be looking into the future, with members guiding and revitalising ECRE’s policy and advocacy positions.

There will also be a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the “consultation” that led to ECRE, with a celebration at the Mauritshuis museum.

This year’s conference will again include UNHCR Europe Bureau – NGO Consultations, intended to complement UNHCR’s Global NGO Consultations, creating the space to raise issues, network and exchange views with UNHCR on asylum in Europe.

AGC 2015 keynote speeches will include Halleh Ghorashi, an Iranian-born anthropologist and Professor in Diversity and Integration at VU University Amsterdam and Volker Türk, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection.

The conference programme and registration details can be found on the ECRE website.

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This article originally appeared in the ECRE Weekly Bulletin of 26 June 2015. You can subscribe to the Weekly Bulletin here.