Focus on the gathering of European NGOs in Malta | March 1, 2018

From March 5th to 7th, the Handicap International Foundation took part in the very first meeting of national NGOs platforms coming from both sides of the Mediterranean. This was done on behalf of Humanity & Inclusion and Coordination Sud, the French national platform of international solidarity NGOs. Organized by SKOP, a platform of Maltese NGOs, […]

From March 5th to 7th, the Handicap International Foundation took part in the very first meeting of national NGOs platforms coming from both sides of the Mediterranean. This was done on behalf of Humanity & Inclusion and Coordination Sud, the French national platform of international solidarity NGOs. Organized by SKOP, a platform of Maltese NGOs, this gathering was the perfect opportunity to share food for thoughts on issues common to most NGOs in this part of the world. Topics such as the pursuit of sustainable development goals (SDGs) or the humanitarian response we ought to provide to the refugees and migrants flowing across the Mediterranean were thus debated.  Likewise, representatives discussed their various positions with regard to the European aid development policy or the upcoming European elections.

Following this event, the Foundation, on behalf of Humanity & Inclusion, and Coordination Sud were able to coordinate a restitution, as concisely as they could, of this three-day meeting.

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Jean-Marc Boivin (on the right) during one of the workshops – Valleta, Malta, March 2018

Jean-Marc Boivin, the Vice-President of Coordination Sud and a member of the Handicap International Foundation, thus believes “the accent must be placed on the urgent need to reaffirm the values held most dearly by humankind and which guide our actions as humanitarian NGOs. To respect the dignity of the individual and uphold human rights are our absolute priorities!

We are all affected and impacted by the repercussions of international migratory movements in the countries we work in as well as in our very own practices. Consequently, we have to remind the European Union that the very first safety we have to uphold is the one of individuals; States should follow accordingly. Lastly, we have to campaign the European Union for a more inclusive response as humanitarian needs are overwhelming. There is indeed a need for meaningful and appropriates replies for each country, in the North as in the South of the Mediterranean!.”

 


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