On September 4 (Sunday) before the start of the 2nd week of the HDIM, ICARE will organize a Civil Society Preparation meeting (with the support of ODIHR/TnD), from 4 pm to 7 pm. This in order to prepare NGOs at the HDIM for the tolerance subjects of the 2nd week and the meeting on Monday October 5 with the special representatives of the OSCE Chair in Office. Aim of the meeting is to prepare and draft a set of joint recommendations that will be presented to the plenary meeting on Monday, October 5. By creating a joint set of recommendations to the OSCE Participating states we can ensure that all issues get the attention they deserve.
On 5 October after the morning session there will be the roundtable with personal representatives from 3 pm to 6 pm followed by a reception from 6 to 7 pm. More info here!
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What can NGOs do and is it useful, this whole OSCE/ODIHR? Absolutely. Have a look here for a snazzy PowerPoint about that.
The main thing you have to know is that you can make a contribution during the meeting in the form of a statement you read out, or as it is called mostly at the OSCE, an 'intervention'.
Depending on the total number of speakers of a session the time allowed to you will be 3 to 5 minutes. So make sure you take that into account when you write one.
Here’s a list of written examples of Interventions: