North-South Centre celebrated its 20th Anniversary
and a new Statutory Resolution was adopted.
Under the motto “
world, our world”, the celebrations of
the 20th Anniversary reflected the wish of the Centre to
emphazise its history and its achievements as well as honour the famous
or less famous personalities who have played a part in its creation or
been part of it during the last 20 years.
20 Bridge Builders in
the History of Humanity
In the context of its 20th Anniversary, the North-South
Centre organised an exhibition based on 20 personalities in the
history of humanity who made a remarkable contribution to building
bridges between cultures and civilisations and played a pioneer role
in what is today called “intercultural dialogue”.
- “ONE WORLD, OUR WORLD”
Under the slogan “One World-Our World”, the North-South
Centre of the Council of Europe celebrated its 20th
Anniversary in 2010. The 20th Anniversary celebrations
reflected the will of the Centre to highlight its history and
accomplishments and honour the personalities that have
either stood by it or reflected its values through the past
twenty years. The North-South Centre also intended to honour
the youth and their vision of the values that guide its
work: global interdependence and solidarity through
education, youth, and intercultural dialogue.
The objective of this competition was to promote the
vision of youths on global interdependence and solidarity in
the 21st Century.
The North-South Centre
celebrated its 20th Anniversary, 17-18 May in Lisbon
In the context of the Ceremony of the North-South Centre 20th anniversary, several events
took place on 17-18 May, in Lisbon.
- the 43rd Executive Council (17 May, in the Ismaili Centre, in
- The Round Table “"The 21st Century, a century of global
interdependence and solidarity" (18 May, in Paços do Concelho in
- Official launch of the Exhibition "20 Bridge Builders in the
History of Humanity" (18 May, in Paços do Conselho in Lisbon).
- Award Ceremony of the 2009 North-South Prize ("Palácio São Bento”-
For more information...
Press communication about the North-South Prize
participants at the Executive Council
North-South Centre team ran 4 human rights - 30 May 2010 In the context of its 20th Anniversary, the team of
the North-South Centre ran in the 2a Corrida Novas
Oportunidades organised by the municipality of Lisbon.
Honouring Georges Brassens In honour of its 20th
Anniversary and in the context of the “Semaine de la
Francophonie”, the North-South Centre
organised, with the support of the Franco-Portuguese
Institute of Lisbon and the Council of Europe Staff
Amicale, a concert entitled “Chansons pour l'auvergnat" - AN INTERCULTURAL HOMAGE TO GEORGE BRASSENS. This concert
took place on Saturday 20 March at 21h00 and was
the closing event of the “Semaine de la Francophonie”.
. An anthology of Brassens 'songs is available. For more
information please contact:
North-South Centre was one of the 3 nominees for the Rock in
Rio Lisboa 2010 Sustainable Attitude Prize (Cultural
This nomination has been made by Jorge Sampaio, High
Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. The
social project of Rock in Rio 2010, under the sustainable
development thematic, created the “Rock in Rio Sustainable
Attitude Prize” with the goal to praise people and
organisations who have distinguished themselves for a better
quality of life of the community, at the local and national
level, acting in line with the three pillars of sustainable
development (environmental, social and economic). The Prize
Ceremony took place on 17 March at 19h00.
From the 3 nominees, ACIDI, Portuguese Network of the Anna
Lindh Fundation and the North-South Centre, the winner of
this Prize was ACIDI.
About the Portuguese network of the Anna Lindh Foundation
To know more about Rock in Rio 2010
Committee of Ministers supported the Adoption process of a new
Statutory Resolution for the North-South Centre
During their meeting of
24 February 2010, the Ministers' Deputies
of the Council of Europe adopted a series of decisions, through
which they took note of the Recommendation 1893 of the Parliamentary
Assembly on the future of the North-South Centre, while asking the
other stakeholders of the Centre (Secretary General, Congress of
Local and Regional Authorities and the Conference of the INGOs of
the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the European
Parliament) and the Executive Council to give their opinion on the
PACE proposals. Thus opening the way to the adoption of a new
Statutory Resolution by the end of the year, they decided to extend
the mandate of the current Executive Council for another year (until
March, 2011) .
Link to the Decisions of the CM
Link to the Recommendation 1893(2009)
Link to the Sasi Report
The North-South Centre Chair launched the
In 1988, through its European Campaign on North-South Interdependence
and Solidarity, the Council of Europe showed its determination to give
added priority to north-south dialogue in an international context
dominated by hope that a new era of cooperation would follow east-west
By setting up the North-South Centre in 1989, after the campaign, its 10
founding states confirmed this determination and showed evidence of a
visionary spirit at a time when the Berlin Wall was coming down and all
eyes were on Central and Eastern Europe. The NSC’s mission is in fact
more relevant than ever. Encouraging dialogue and cooperation between
peoples and promoting solidarity policies represent the most important
challenge facing societies all over the world. This role as a
facilitator of dialogue built, year after year, is recognised today at
regional (Council of Europe, European Union, African Union) and
international level (United Nations).
In this context, the celebration of the NSC’s 20th anniversary
only a legitimate source of pride but also a challenge, that of
increasing the centre’s impact and resources, by ensuring that more and
more countries, whether or not they are members of the Council of Europe,
participate in this project to create a pluralistic Mediterranean and
Euro-African space with a future of dialogue, cooperation and peace.
To face up to this challenge, the Centre has vital support, such as that
from its 21 Member States, the members of the quadrilogue on its
Executive Council, the Council of Europe, the European Union and its
other partners and the people who participate in its activities. These
are all the living forces that will be mobilised in the numerous events
scheduled in the six months of the “heart” of its 20th anniversary,
between November 2009 and May 2010.
20 November 2009, the Parlamentary Assembly adopted a Recommendation 1893(2009)
future of the European Centre for Global Interdependence and
Solidarity”, based on a report from the Committee
on Economic Affairs and Development, (Rapporteur, Mr. Kimmo Sasi, Finland) and
Opinion from the Committee on
Culture, Science and Education (Rapporteur, Mrs Maria Manuela de MELO,
Interview from M.
Sasi on the PACE report
About the the History of the NSC
Anniversary date - 23-24 April 1990
1st meeting of the Executive Council of the NSC
On 23-24 April 1990, was held in Lisbon, in the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, the 1st meeting of the Executive Council of the NSC. The
meeting, chaired by Mr Harry Aarts, member of the Parliamentary
Assembly of the Council of Europe, focusesd on the participation of
the South in the statutory bodies and in the elaboration of the
programmes, the draft programmes of activities and the budget for
1990. During this meeting, Austria and Morocco announced their
intention to become members of the NSC.
Conference on North-South: Europe’s role
26 years ago, on 9 - 11 April 1984, the Conference on “North-South:
Europe’s role” took place on at the Assembly of the Republic (Parliament)
in Lisbon at the invitation of the Portuguese authorities and under
the auspices of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, former President of the Organising Committee
of the Conference, President of Iceland- Photo Assembleia da
More than twenty years ago, on 23 February 1990, the meeting of "Representatives
of Governments sharing an interest in the European Centre
for Global Interdependence and Solidarity" met in Lisbon.
Picture: João de Deus Pinheiro, President of the Committee
of Ministers in 1990.
On16 November 2009 (20th
Anniversary of the adoption by the Committee of Ministers of the Council
of Europe of Resolution (89)14 creating the NSC), an official
reception was offered in Strasbourg by the Permanent Representative
of Portugal to the Council of Europe. On this occasion, the following declarations
were made public :
The Lisbon Forum 2009 on "Creating a culture of Human Rights through
education" took place on 13-14 November 2009, in Lisbon, under the
slogan of the 20th anniversary. The Forum, chaired by Mr Jorge Sampaio,
U.N High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, was organised
in collaboration with the Alliance of Civilizations and the Aga Khan
Link to the Lisbon Forum page
Presentation of the historical publication of the 20th
12 November 2009
On 9 September 2009, the Chair of the Executive Council announced the
North-South Centre’s Anniversary in the framework of the Conference on
“the role that can be played by the different media in preventing and
combating violence against women”. This Conference was held in the
context of the 66th Venice International Film Festival, which attracted
much media attention. On that occasion the competition “Action for
women” was launched, in partnership with Google / You Tube. Young
directors coming from 11 European countries are invited to propose a
short film on the fight against violence towards women and to put them
online on YouTube Action for women. A Jury, chaired by the Belgian
Director, Jaco Van Dormael, will select 10 finalists. The community of
YouTube users will vote for the finalists and the list of winners will
be issued by th end of January 2010. This initiative takes place in the
double context of the 60th Anniversary of the Council of Europe and the
20th Anniversary of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe.
. The exhibition "20 bridge builders in the
history of humanity" is in Strasbourg from 25 June to 2 July
. Press Conference
Round table "The 21st Century: a century of global
interdependence and solidarity"
Setting up of the NSC Think-Tank
Inauguration of the exhibition "20 bridge builders in the
history of humanity"
18 May 2010