Irish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
Ireland is honoured to assume the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers for a seventh time.
While a lot has changed since we last did so in 2000, both domestically and internationally, Ireland’s commitment to human rights remains as firm as ever. It continues to form a central pillar of our foreign policy and constitutes a broader framework for our approach to global engagement.
We are proud to raise our voice to champion human rights issues of concern, defend the multilateral system and to work to hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations.
Ireland will chair the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from May to November 2022. As a founding member of the Council, we will seek to use our Presidency to reaffirm what our President has called ‘the conscience of Europe’, advancing the protection and promotion of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law across the continent.
Over the course of these six months, Ireland will chair more than a dozen meetings of the Committee of Ministers in Strasbourg, strengthening standards across a range of key areas, from media freedoms to the protection of human rights in conflict zones.
We will also host more than thirty Council of Europe conferences, seminars and events across Strasbourg, Dublin, Galway, Kerry and Cork.