Created on 16 November 1989, the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity of the Council of Europe - more commonly known as the "North-South Centre"  -  was set up in Lisbon with the purpose to spread the universal values upheld by the Council of Europe  – human rights democracy and the rule of law – beyond the European Continent.
With the purpose of promoting dialogue between North and South, fostering solidarity and raising awareness of global interdependence, the Centre was established as an ‘Enlarged Partial Agreement’ allowing non-Council of Europe member states to join.

The mission of the North-South Centre is to empower civil society, in particular youth and women, through intercultural dialogue and global citizenship education, to play an active role in Council of Europe member states and neighbouring regions.

To this aim, and in particular through its multilateral activities, the North-South Centre responds mainly to four priority areas:

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