ENIL brings the latest news from the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe with great pleasure. During their 1297th meeting, on 17 October 2017, the Committee adopted the nomination of 30 new members of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ) for the period 2018-2019. The ENIL Youth Network Board member Rebecca Farren is one of the appointed members. She is among the 10 representatives proposed by the Secretary General. The whole list of nominees can be seen here.
ENIL thanks Agnes Sarolta Fazekas, member of the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe 2016-2017. Through Agnes’ commitment, the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe has strengthen the diversity and access agenda for all young people including young disabled people with diverse identities and backgrounds. Agnes has fostered the cooperation between the Youth Department and the Secretariat – Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the Council of Europe among other various stakeholders and contributed to different high-level conferences and meetings regarding access and inclusion of young disabled people in various spheres of their life.
The Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe has highlighted access and inclusion of diverse youth including disabled youth to many policy documents, such as (without a comprehensive list, highlighting a few) Sport for all: a bridge to equality, integration and social inclusion, Council of Europe Disability Strategy 2017-2023, Contribution: Draft General Comment of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on adolescents, Recommendation CM/Rec(2017)4 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on youth work.
Statements by the Advisory Council on Youth on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 2016 and in 2017 have become vital to emphasise various issues disabled youth face across Europe.
Ms. Fazekas has contributed with an access and inclusion perspective to various seminars, study sessions to engage with young people from different backgrounds and attended different meetings including in the field of learning mobility, inclusive international youth work.
Although Agnes will step down from the Advisory Council on Youth on 31st December 2017, she will continue to be actively involved in various spheres of the Council of Europe, in the field of access and inclusion, youth, international mobility, and social/disability policy in the international context.
For further information, statements and publications of the Advisory Council on Youth please visit: https://www.coe.int/en/web/youth/advisory-council-on-youth & Social Media: https://twitter.com/acoy_coe #YouthCoE & https://www.facebook.com/AdvisoryCouncilOnYouth/