Lisbon Forum


    2013 Edition

Lisbon Forum 2013: Valuing civil society as actor of governance:  Perspectives for the South Mediterranean
The 2013 Lisbon Forum was held in the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon on 6 and 7 November, within the framework of the Joint EU/CoE Programme “Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood”. It was organised in cooperation with the Anna Lindh Foundation, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

The purpose of this Forum was to strengthen dialogue between civil society on the one hand and national governments and parliaments, as well as local and regional authorities on the other. The debate fostered internal dialogue and restructuring within civil society, and provided an opportunity to determine the potential role of international organisations in empowering civil society to become more involved in national political processes.

It was expected to yield operational conclusions and policy recommendations that will provide guidelines to improve consultation, inclusive participation and cooperation of civil society as a partner in governance for governments, parliaments, local and regional authorities, civil society and international organisations.

"Reconciling political Islam and democracy: illusion or reality?”
The debate poses the question that seems to be on everyone’s minds, as the Arab Spring continues to develop in Europe’s southern neighbourhood.
Two leaders in civil society from Tunisia – the birthplace of the Arab Spring – have agreed to debate this question at 3 pm on Thursday 7 November.
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Event organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and financed by the European Union


Partners of the Lisbon Forum 2013




. For more information
. Programme
. List of participants
. Conclusions in English, in French and in Arabic
.  President Sampaio Intervention
. For more information please contact the Secretariat:

Live Streaming

Bernardino Léon, President of the Lisbon Forum, 2013
Carrefour de l'Europe recorded during the Side event of the Lisbon Forum on 7 November in Lisbon
. Audio  - 1st part and 2nd part
Vidéo of Imen Amiri at the Lisbon Forum 2013


Useful links
. Renforcer la réforme démocratique dans les pays du voisinage méridional
. Le Conseil de l’Europe et son voisinage sud
. Fondation Anna Lindh
. Réseau de dévelopment Aga Khan
. Alliance des Civilisations
. Bureau du Haut Commissaire pour les droits de l´homme des Nations Unies
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