On the invitation of the Secretariat of the Forum of Catholic-inspired NGOs (Forum of Rome), Isabelle Chaperon, AIC representative at UNESCO and the CCIC (the International Catholic Centre of Cooperation with UNESCO, the platform of Catholic NGOs active within UNESCO), and Christine Roche, President of the CCIC, participated in a meeting on the topics selected ahead of the Assembly of the Forum in December 2019.
Through these chosen topics (human rights, education, family, development, youth and health), the forum wishes to highlight the common concern of Catholic-inspired NGOs about working towards a more inclusive society. One concrete objective is to develop collaboration between the NGOs, as well as stronger links between NGOs, the Holy See and the relevant Dicasteries.
The active participation of Dottoressa Fermina Alvarez, representing the Vatican Secretary of State, as well as representatives from the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the Congregation for Catholic Education and the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, makes this concern for dialogue and cooperation clear.
During this visit, Christine Roche and Isabelle Chaperon were also received by Cardinal Versaldi in the presence of Monseigneur Zanni at the Congregation for Catholic Education, as well as at the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and at the Lassalian Generalate House. These contacts will lead to better communication and collaboration, with a view to increasing the effectiveness of the work of Catholic NGOs at UNESCO and in other international bodies, such as the Council of Europe.