2009 Edition 

  Aims and Objectives

The overall aim of the Lisbon Forum 2009 is to promote the creation of a culture of human rights, through “quadrilogue” action, i.e. governments, parliamentarians, local and regional authorities and civil society.
The objectives are as follows:

    promote dialogue on human rights education and explore different understandings of human rights education;
    reinforce co-operation between international and regional organisations on the issue of human rights education;
    sharing of experiences, expertise and good practices between Europe and the other continents and identifying challenges that human rights education faces and elaborate joint action on how to meet these challenges;
    to explore ways to promote human rights education with young people and through youth organisations and to discuss strategies and approaches to human rights education in youth work;
    contribute to the ongoing consultation process that should lead to the adoption of a Recommendation by the Committee of Ministers supporting global education in the member States of the Council of Europe.

    . Lisbon Forum Concept Paper

  Organisation and Working Methods


The organisers of the 2009 Lisbon Forum are the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and the Alliance of Civilizations, in partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network. Key note speeches, shorter interventions and discussions were held in English and French and simultaneous interpretation to/from these two languages will be available during the conference.
In parallel to the Lisbon Forum, a fair with stands was set up for human rights organisations, education professionals and practitioners to display their work in the field of human rights education and to allow for an exchange of experiences on tools, methods, projects etc. The fair continued in the afternoon on the second day, after the closing session.

   Programme Elements

Opening session
Introductory session by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
Working session I, with key note speeches regarding global strategies for strengthening human rights education
Working session II, which includes key note speakers representing the different regions, followed by a plenary discussion on regional approaches to human rights education, in both formal and non-formal education, with contributions from pre-identified discussants.
Working session III, with contributions from key note speakers focusing on youth as agents of change in human rights education
Closing session.
After the closing of the first day of the Forum on 13 November, a reception was  hosted by the City of Lisbon.



    Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe
    High Representative of the United Nations for the Alliance of Civilizations
    Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
    President of the European Commission (video message)
    Secretary of State for European Affairs of Portugal
    Mayor of Lisbon
    Minister of Education of Cape-Verde
    High Representative of Aga Khan Development Network
    High-level representatives from international organisations including OHCHR, ODHIR, UNESCO, ALECSO, OIC, the Anna Lindh Foundation and the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights
    Human Rights Education Experts from Africa, Asia, America, Europe and the Middle East
    Representatives from the current (Slovenia) and upcoming (Switzerland) Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Swedish Presidency of the European Union
    Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament
    Members of the Executive Council of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe
    Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
    Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe
    Representatives from international and regional youth organisations
    Members of the diplomatic corps in Lisbon.