The general assembly of the ESN brought together some thirty members and guests on 30 June 2017 in Antwerp. In the introduction two ESN projects were presented to the participants: FILGOOD and the ESN Colombia project.
Stéphane Marchand-Maillet introduced FILGOOD, a diagnostic and health promotion tool in the schools created by MGEN and promoted internationally by the ESN. It was implemented in Belgium thanks to the Latitude Jeunes association whose representatives were present during the meeting. More information on FILGOOD is available here.
Next, Danaë Desplanques and Elisa Torrenegra have presented a week of training which was organized last February in Colombia as part of the ESN Colombia project. The purpose of this project was to create a programme for young people between 18 and 22 to raise awareness about solidarity and social protection issues. For more information on this project, click here.
The reports on activities, finances, orientation, etc. were adopted regarding the formal meetings. President Savignac noted in his moral and orientation report that 2016 had allowed the ESN to confirm its place in the international spheres of health and education thanks to its three working axes: promoting health in schools, solidarity-based social protection and involving young people. The presentation of the 2016 activities report highlighted several projects, including the international survey on psychosocial risks, health and social protection workshop organisation (Madagascar, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Belgium, etc.), enhancing communication, participating in international events or providing support to several members. The full report on ESN activities is available here.
Also, the members of the General Assembly decided to create a strategic committee to discuss issues of importance on the future of the ESN such as governance, the contributions system and measuring the impact of activities.
This meeting which was organised in the framework of the statutory meetings of the International Association of Mutual Benefits Societies, the participants had the opportunity to follow several AIM seminars and committees particularly those dedicated to the activities in the AIM African and Latin American regions.