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Lisbon Forum 2017: Interconnecting People. Managing migration, avoiding populism, building inclusive societies and reinforcing North-South dialogue

Lisbon 1-2 June 2017
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Lisbon Forum 2017: Interconnecting People. Managing migration, avoiding populism, building inclusive societies and reinforcing North-South dialogue

This year’s edition of the Lisbon Forum gathered 190 representatives from 52 different countries for a dialogue and mobilisation to building inclusive societies, on 1-2 June 2017 in Lisbon. At the core of discussions were the situation of migrants and threats to multiculturalism.

Representatives of governments, parliaments, local and regional authorities and civil society from Europe and the Southern Mediterranean were called upon for an active partnership in protecting migrant-refugee rights and countering populism. The need for a reinforced North-South dialogue over an effective management of migration comes at times when Europe and other parts of the world witness a growing tide of populist movements that feed on the fear of economic insecurity, anti-migrant sentiments and Islamophobia to push a nationalist agenda and the “politics of exclusion”.

The four panels of the Forum “Managing migration”, “Avoiding populism”, “Building inclusive societies” “Reinforcing the North South dialogue” were moderated by distinguished professors of international relations, legal researchers, EU and UN high representatives and the Laureate of the North-South Prize 2016, Ms Mbarka Brahmi, who is a member of the Tunisian Parliament.


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A flagship programme supporting democratic governance in the Southern Mediterranean

Since its start in 2012, the South Programme has been a strategic European Union-Council of Europe initiative supporting democratic reforms in the Southern Mediterranean based on the demand from the partners from the region. From legislative expertise to the strengthening of institutions' capacities, through peer-to-peer exchanges and networks, the South Programme has contributed to the establishment of a common legal area between the two shores of the Mediterranean.

The second phase of this ambitious three-year European Union-Council of Europe joint programme started in January 2015. It is namely contributing to the establishment of new legislative and constitutional frameworks and democratic governance structures in the region as well as institutions deriving from them. Besides, the Programme aims to contribute to the establishment of a common legal area through a progressive accession of countries from the Southern Mediterranean region to key Council of Europe conventions, which constitute the foundations for legal cooperation between countries who share common values of respect for human rights, the rule of law and democracy in the 47 Council of Europe member states and beyond.

Through the Council of Europe various intergovernmental and interparliamentary networks, the South Programme II aims to foster better regional cooperation between Europe and the Southern Mediterranean partners, as well as among them, in the fields related to human rights, the rule of law and democracy.

South Programme II brochure

SOUTH PROGRAMME PRESENTATION SOUTH PROGRAMME PRESENTATION

 

South programme II launch event South programme II launch event

 

 

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