An annual event since it was established in 1994 by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, the Lisbon Forum has been a distinctive platform bringing together high-level participants from Europe, neighbouring regions and other continents to share experience, good practice and expertise.
Themes of the Forum have been closely related to the core mission of the Council of Europe: to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Following developments in the region and a refocusing of the Centre’s mission to contribute to the Council of Europe’s policy towards its neighbouring regions, recent editions of the Forum have sought to address key challenges faced by countries of the Southern Mediterranean and explore possibilities for renewed cooperation with Europe.
These recent editions have been supported by the joint European Union and Council of Europe South Programme. Ensuring sustainable democratic governance and human rights in the Southern Mediterranean is not just the name of the third phase of the South Programme for the period 2018-2020, but it is also its core mission.
Since 2012, the South Programme, financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the latter, has been working with Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Palestine* to ensure the respect for human rights and the rule of law, and enhance democratic governance in accordance with international and European standards.
* This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of Council of Europe and European Union member States on this issue.
Lisbon Forum 2019
"Bridging the paradigm: the relation between development and human rights, democracy and the rule of Law. Building together the SDGs"
25-26 November - Ismaili Centre, Lisbon