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29 January 2020

Activity Details (ID# 43028)  

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Title 2017 Lisbon Forum 
Description The 23rd edition of the Lisbon Forum is building upon the results and the operational recommendations of the last edition, which was dedicated to the following theme: “Migration and Human Rights: how to structure effective collective action”.

In addressing this time the theme “Interconnecting People: Managing Migration, Avoiding Populism, Building Inclusive Societies and Reinforcing the Dialogue with the South”, we are referring to the key priorities of the Council of Europe and the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 agenda as guidelines to implement our work, we are looking at the role of the Quadrilogue which should be strengthened in all its components and, perhaps most important, we are placing again at the center of our discussions and concerns the situation of the migrants and refugees in different perspectives. We would be able to demonstrate in four different panels how they can contribute to promote interdependence, create partnerships and foster solidarity between the North and the South.

Once more funded by the EU and carried out by the Council of Europe, South Programme II, this initiative aims at raising awareness and promoting advocacy in northern and southern societies on the theme, approaching them with a view to enhance the dialogue, to reinforce the need of interconnecting them, and hopefully to reach a set of recommendations that can be useful for the stakeholders concerned.


• Promote key priorities of the Council of Europe and the UN SDGs.
• Encourage member States of the Council of Europe to address migration as a manageable opportunity and not as a threat.
• Call the assistance of international, supranational, national and civil society institutions to work in a coordinated manner in order to uphold the rights of the migrants and refugees, as well as to integrate them in a human way in the countries of destination.
• Support the migrants in the process of the development of their countries of origin.
• Stimulate advocacy and raising awareness in the European and Southern populations in order to give them the necessary information to refuse populism and build a new universal civism around democracy, interdependence, partnership, solidarity and multiculturalism.
• Build inclusive societies, another soft power tool to make bridges between the North and the South, but also bearing in mind that differences should be respected within the universal values we share.
• Reinforce the cooperation between the North and the South through the existent instruments, by the Quadrilogue institutions, and via different approaches in order to advance a common agenda.
• Contribute to interconnect people from the North and the South, getting them to better know each other thinking and perspectives over common issues.
Status Planned 
Date 01/06/2017 - 02/06/2017 
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Countries Groups: All Council of Europe member states / Multilateral
Contributors Portugal - Hosting
  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
Web Pages
Documents & links
1 http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/nscentre/LF/LisbonForum_en.asp  
Last Modified 19/04/2017 

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