Every four years, IFOR's members send delegates to an International Council to discuss priorities, strategies, and ideas for coordinating our global movement in the years to come. The 2018 International Council will be held hosted by IFOR's branch in Italy, Movimento Internazionale della Riconciliazione (MIR).
The International Council will be held in the Sicilian city of Catania, November 4-11, 2018. IFOR member organizations have been notified about the upcoming council and will continue to receive information in the coming months.
Preceding the Council, the International Secretariat is organizing an event to address an area of concern for many of IFOR's members, Migration. The conference will be shaped around three themes that are consistent with the experience of our movement: The Violence that Causes Migration, The Experience of Migration, and The Compassionate Response.
- The Violence that Causes Migration: We plan to discuss the impact that armed conflict; global economic policy and climate change have on migration.
- The Experience of Migration: We plan to allow refugees to speak for themselves and share their experiences. We will discuss pressing challenges, concerns, and opportunities to provide concrete support.
- The Compassionate Response: those working tirelessly to show hospitality to the influx of refugees will tell their stories and provide encourage the movement of hospitality and welcome.
The conference is open to the public. More information about registration for the conference and upcoming council will be provided soon.