Migration and Human Rights were the focus of the 22nd edition of the Lisbon Forum, on 24-25 November at the Ismaili Centre.
Organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, the international event mobilised
200 high representatives of governments, parliaments, local and regional authorities and civil society organisations, from both shores of the Mediterranean, to promote collaboration between countries of origin, transit and destination of migrants.
Ms Mina Jaf, a refugee from Iraqui-Kurdistan origin, winner of the Voices of Courage 2016 award, founder and director Women Refugee Route, Iraq; Ms Hanifa Karimi, a refugee from Afghanistan and member of the Voices of Young Refugees in Europe (VYRE), and a representative of the Global Platform of Syrian Students, shared their life testimonies representing the 244 million people, more than 3% of the world population who live outside their countries of origin.
The 22nd edition of the Lisbon Forum was chaired by Lora Pappa, founder of the Greek ONG METAdrasi and laureate of the 2015
The 22nd Lisbon Forum addressed global flows and local responses, access to human rights and successful integration, discuss emergency needs and long term solutions and enhance capacities for dialogue between countries of origin, transit and destination, building bridges based on the principles of solidarity, partnership and shared responsibility. A constructive exchange of experience, good practice and expertise
specific actions to promote in 2017
Held in the framework of the EU-funded initiative, carried out by the Council of Europe, South Programme II: support strengthened democratic governance through the creation of effective networks between Europe and the countries of the Southern Mediterranean, the 22nd edition of the Lisbon Forum
was organised with the additional support of the Portuguese and Maltese Governments, and the collaboration of the Aga Khan Development Network, the Portuguese Platform for Refugees and the NGO, Voices of Young Refugees – Europe.