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03 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 41957)  

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Title 2016 Lisbon Forum 
Description An annual event since it was established in 1994 by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, the Lisbon Forum has been a distinctive platform bringing together high-level participants from Europe, neighbouring regions and other continents to share experience, good practice and expertise. Themes of the Forum have been closely related to the core mission of the Council of Europe: to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Following developments in the region and a refocusing of the Centre’s mission to contribute to the Council of Europe’s policy towards its neighbouring regions, recent editions of the Forum have sought to address key challenges faced by countries of the Southern Mediterranean and explore possibilities for renewed cooperation with Europe. These recent editions have been supported by the joint EU/CoE

In view of the current migration pressure in Europe, the SG of the Council of Europe has issued guidance to the Council of Europe’s 47 member states regarding “the protection of migrants and asylum-seekers”. SG/Inf(2015)33. As a result, In its 14th meeting on 29 January 2016 the Executive Committee of the North South Centre agreed that the migration crisis should be at the core of the LF2016, particularly in light of the involvement in the North-South Migration Dialogue Conference with the PACE in April 2015; the connection to the work of one of this year’s North-South Prize laureates Lora Pappa; and as a follow up to the PACE Resolution 2073 (2015) that specifically calls on the North South Centre - which already has a co-operation agreement with the European Commission - to consider the feasibility of further developing its role in enhancing capacities for dialogue between countries of origin, transit and destination (…) It urges the Executive Committee to put human rights at the centre of this dialogue.

Thanks to its quadripartite configuration and established networks, the Centre is able to reach civil society. It is in line with the mission of the Centre to facilitate dialogue between governmental and non-governmental bodies for the sake of cooperation and collective response.

In its LF2016 the North-South Centre will set up a dialogue for co-operation on a holistic, human rights-based “triangular” approach from the experiences those stakeholders at the frontline of the management of the crisis
Status Completed 
Date 24/11/2016 - 25/11/2016 
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Countries CoE Members: Albania / Andorra / Armenia / Austria / Azerbaijan / Belgium / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Bulgaria / Croatia / Cyprus / Czech Republic / Denmark / Estonia / Finland / France / Germany / Greece / Hungary / Iceland / Ireland / Italy / Latvia / Liechtenstein / Lithuania / Luxembourg / Malta / Republic of Moldova / Monaco / Montenegro / Netherlands / Norway / Poland / Portugal / Romania / San Marino / Serbia / Slovak Republic / Slovenia / Spain / Sweden / Switzerland / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'' / Turkey / Ukraine / United Kingdom
CM or PACE Observers: Holy See
Organisations: Council of Europe / OSCE / United Nations
Others: Algeria / Cape Verde / Egypt / Jordan / Morocco / Palestinian National Authority / Syria / Tunisia
Groups: All Council of Europe member states / Multilateral
  Joint Programme Activity - South Programme II
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP South Programme II - Towards a Strengthened Democratic Governance in the Southern Mediterranean    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 0 - 2015/DG PROG/JP/3319   South Programme II -Towards a Strengthened Democratic Governance in the Southern Mediterranean
Expected Result 0.2 - Result 2: Strengthened institutional capacities for new/existing democratic governance structures, the judiciary, human rights institutions and democratically-elected representative bodies in the South Mediterranean thereby ensuring endorsement of democratic reforms by them and sustainability of key programme's outputs. (contributing to specific objective 1)
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Governing Bodies, General Services and Others
Line of Action ⇒ IV.1 – Governing Bodies and General Services
Programme ☆ IV.1.4  External Presence

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Conference 
Directorate Office of the Director General of Programmes 
CoE Contact ,   email
Partners Ismaili Centre - AKDN - Foundation
Voices of Young Refugees - Local or National NGO
Platforma Portuguesa para os Refugiados - Local or National NGO
Web Pages
Documents & links
1 http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/nscentre/LF/LisbonForum_en.asp  
Last Modified 30/11/2016 

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Objective(s) -To raise awareness about global interdependence related to the migration crisis by facilitating a dialogue between countries of origin, transit and destination to better understand each partner’s challenges for a coordinated response;

-Exchange information, experience and good practice on successful cooperation between national/regional/local structures - governmental and non-governmental - for coordinated action that safeguards migrants access to rights, in particular vulnerable groups such as children and women;

-By presenting concrete case-studies on the field, identify the strengths and weaknesses of coordination among the different actors in the crisis management that ascertain each other’s added value and roles;

-Encourage the creation of regional, national and transmed networks working for the defence of displaced people’s rights;

Through the specific role performed by the actors at the frontline of the management of the migration crisis, the Forum represents an important opportunity to discuss the state of play in the region and exchange experience and good practice of a quadrilogue coordinated action. 
Output/Results -Increased awareness and understanding of the global dimension of the migration crisis and the relevance of a “triangle-based ” dialogue approach on the principles of solidarity, partnership and shared responsibility from a human-rights perspective;

-Cooperation at regional and international level for the management of the migration and refugees’ crisis is enhanced through exchange of experience and good practice from across CoE member states and Southern Mediterranean partner countries.

-Operational conclusions and recommendations adopted tasking all quadrilogue actors with specific actions to promote advocacy and support for access to rights for displaced people in countries of origin, transit and destination;

-Increased awareness and understanding for role and potential of CSOs that defend human rights to contribute to successful international co-operation initiatives and in turn to democratic consolidation;

-Operational recommendations for the North-South Centre to set up an action plan – within its mission – that contributes to the follow-up of the conclusions of the LF2016. These will be implemented and are available on the website http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/nscentre/LF/LisbonForum/LF2016/LF-2016%20Recommendations.pdf 
Conclusions/Follow Up Recommendations will be implemented and are available on the website http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/nscentre/LF/LisbonForum/LF2016/LF-2016%20Recommendations.pdf
Participants Quadrilogue members: 94 Civil Society, 88 Government Representatives, 15 Local and Regional Authorities, 23 Parliamentary Representatives 
CoE Secretariat Executive Director of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, Ambassador Gamito
Jean-Marie Heydt, Chair of the Executive Committee of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe 
Total No. Participants 220 
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