Political Affairs and Democracy


Strengthening co-operation with the UN in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

“As human rights are increasingly being challenged, it is essential that the United Nations may rely on values-based partners such as the Council of Europe”, the Political Committee said. More

The creation of a Constitutional Committee is indispensable for the political transition towards peace and stability in Syria

The committee urged the international community "to unite and engage in serious efforts” to reach a common agreement in setting up a Constitutional Committee, as a necessary mechanism of transition towards peace and stability. More

Is the EBRD’s model of promoting democracy through investment having any effect?

The committee has queried whether the work since 1991 of the EBRD to develop market economies in transition countries has helped to promote democracy, which is also one of the stated aims of the bank. More

New guidelines for fair referendums

Political Affairs Committee unanimously adopted a draft resolution aimed at updating the Venice Commission’s Code of Good Practice on Referendums, following, in particular, the increasing use of referendums. More

A PACE delegation at the UN ponders how to uphold common values in challenging times

New challenges to human rights and the need to strengthen co-operation between the Council of Europe and the UN were the focus of discussions as a PACE delegation met high-level UN officials this week. More

Evaluation of the partnership for democracy: visit by PACE rapporteur to Jordan

Mogens Jensen, rapporteur on the evaluation of the partnership for democracy with the Parliament of Jordan, will travel to Amman on 27-28 November for a fact-finding visit. More