North-South Centre

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.

San Marino recalls its process of accession to the North-South Centre

In this opinion article, Ambassador Guido Bellatti Ceccoli, permanent representative of San Marino to the Council of Europe, recalls the process of his country accession to the North-South Centre, back in 1990, underlining the relevance of the universal values the North-South Centre upholds and its fundamental role to build more inclusive societies. Ambassador Bellatti Ceccoli remarks the relevance of the Centre’s initiatives such as the North-South Prize and the Lisbon Forum to the fulfilment of its mission. More (Text in French-only)






Lisbon Forum 2017 experts acknowledge the importance of the North-South dialogue and call for collective and effective action to face the challenges of migration and populism and build inclusive societies

The 23rd edition of the Lisbon Forum took place on the 1st and 2nd of June, under the title ‘Interconnecting People: Managing migration, Avoiding populism, Building inclusive societies and reinforcing the North-South Dialogue’. High-level experts and representatives of national governments, parliaments, local and regional authorities, civil society and international organisations met at the Ismaili Centre of Lisbon to discuss the most urgent challenges that Europe and the Mediterranean region are currently facing. More

North-South Prize of the Council of Europe

North-South Prize 2016 award ceremony  

Ms Giuseppina Nicolini, mayor of the City of Lampedusa, and Ms Mbarka Brahmi, member of the Tunisian parliament, are the laureates of the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe 2016. The award ceremony took place in the Senate Room of the Portuguese Parliament, on the last 31st of May 2017, at 12h00, with the presence of the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the President of the Portuguese Parliament, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues and the Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni. More


Call for Nominations for the North-South Prize of the CoE 2017 - deadline 15th of September 2017

We invite you to propose nominees for the North-South Prize 2017 in the following areas: defence and promotion of human rights and pluralist democracy, development of intercultural dialogue and reinforcement of the North-South partnership and solidarity. The North-South Prize distinguishes each year two personalities, one from the north, the other from the south, who have excelled in their commitment to human rights, democracy and rule of law, contributing to the north-south dialogue and interdependence. More


Visegrad Regional Seminar on Global Development Education 2017

The Visegrad Regional Seminar on Global Development Education took place on the 7th and 8th of June in Prague, Czech Republic, gathering 53 participants. This seminar is part of the cycle of regional seminars with the purpose of monitoring the recognition and implementation of Global Development Education in different European regions. More


5th Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship (MedUni) training courses

The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe is organising the 6th Global Education and Youth Training Course for Youth Multipliers and the 4th Training Course on Structured participation in Democratic Processes (SPDP). The two courses will take place between the 3rd and the 8th of July, in the framework of the 5th University on Youth and Global Citizenship (MedUni), at the Centre de Vacances et de Loisirs pour Enfants, in Hammamet (Tunisia). More


Euro-Med Women Network (EMWN) survey

The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe has recently launched a survey among the EMWN members to better identify their priorities and expectations, as well as to reinforce the cooperation between the Network’s members. In this dynamic of assessment, the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe will organise a training of experts on the Human Rights-based approach in combating violence against women from the 12th to the 14th July, in Tunis. More