“All Different – All Equal”: a call from the Council of Europe for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation.
In 1995 – 50 years after the end of World War II – the Council of Europe ran a European Youth Campaign entitled “All Different – All Equal” to reinforce the fight against Racism, anti-Semitism, Xenophobia and Intolerance.
But the struggle – 10 years later – still goes on. For this reason, from June 2006 to September 2007, the Council of Europe will run a new Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation, based upon the same slogan and using the same successful logo.
The 2006-2007 Campaign is being organised in partnership with the European Commission and the European Youth Forum. The Campaign preparation is a participatory and transparent process, using as its main tool a website (http://alldifferentallequal.info).
Who is involved in the Campaign?
National Campaign Committees
The NCCs (involving NGOs, authorities, institutions, media…) are being set up in the 48 states that adhere to the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe. Their task is to develop and implement a national campaign programme in co-operation with the Council of Europe.
European Steering Group
The ESG takes decisions at strategic level and oversees the implementation of the Campaign. The ESG comprises 8 members from the statutory bodies of the youth sector of the Council of Europe (governments and NGOs), and – without the right of vote – representatives of the European Youth Forum, the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe, the European Commission, UNESCO, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).
The Secretariat manages the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Campaign according to the decisions of the Steering Group. It is responsible for the European-level activities and the communication strategy of the Campaign. It offers support to the NCCs in their work. The Secretariat comprises staff members of the Council of Europe.
Diversity is a condition for cultural and social life, and belongs to the very character of Europe. The promotion of diversity – especially as a prerequisite for overcoming discrimination – starts at local level. The Campaign will promote diversity throughout all its activities and will stress the importance of intercultural and inter-religious dialogue as a condition for social cohesion.
The European Convention of Human Rights is what holds us together as Europe. With this in mind, the Campaign will try to expand the understanding and consideration that is given to human rights and knowledge of them by different actors on the European Human Rights scene.
Participation is the key concept in active democratic citizenship and a prerequisite for a fully inclusive society. The
Campaign will particularly focus on youth participation, as this can contribute to fighting structural discrimination and promoting diversity.
The logo says “All different – All Equal”: “All” includes you. In this Campaign we hope to see many coalitions of civil society and public authorities, equally committed to the goals of the Campaign.
Whether you are an individual citizen, an NGO, a public authority, a political party, a private company, a trade union, a school, or other, you can contribute to the success of the Campaign with whatever resources you can offer (time, ideas, money, work…). The Campaign is one step away from you: just visit its website, where you can join the community working on this project. There you will surely find somebody who will appreciate your support or who will be able to support you.
Make the difference!
European Campaign Secretariat
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 35 24
or +33 (0)3 88 41 23 00
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 41 27 77