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The world we live in is a complex system. One in which a heterogeneous network of actors has the power to influence decisions at global level, in certain cases without necessarily being held accountable for them. A system that continues to be characterised by increasing inequalities, which are still deeply embedded in our society. But it is also a system where us, the people, and our representatives, can come together and cooperate for the common good. This is the lesson that the COVID-19 pandemic has been teaching us since day one, forcing us to deal with a fundamental question: How can we enhance international solidarity’s impact in order to ensure a more sustainable and unified future?






Tuesday 1 December 

 14h00-14h30 Opening of the 26th Lisbon Forum

- Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe

- Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General of Democracy, Council of Europe

- Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Government of Portugal

- Ambassador Manuel Montobbio, Chair of the North-South Centre’s Executive Committee

14h40-15h00 Keynote Speech - Learning from our global challenges: enhancing solidarity

- Mary Robinson, Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice in Trinity College Dublin and Chair of The Elders; 1997 North-South Prize laureate

15h10-15h30 Special guest to the Lisbon Forum - 70 years of the ECHR framing international solidarity

- Ksenija Turković, Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights, Council of Europe


15h45-17h15 A new solidarity wave: stories from the ground

Presenter : Marina Sarli, EU Cluster Coordinator, Impact Hub Global Community
Storytelling featuring solidarity initiatives from the #SolidAction campaign around the three main topics: 

 Education and citizen’s consciousness

 Addressing vulnerabilities through intersectionality

 Intergenerational dialogue and environnement protection


Wednesday 2 December

14h00-14h30 Lessons learnt: what challenges still to overcome?

Presenter: Cathie Burton, Council of Europe's Directorate of Communication

Keynote Speech

Miguel Ángel Moratinos (tbc), High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations


14h30-16h00 Lessons learnt: what challenges still to overcome?

Moderated interview with Q&A

- Ambassador Akua Sena Dansua, Regional Chair for West and Central Africa, Global Parliamentary Network to End Infectious Diseases (UNITE)

- Hamzat Lawal, Chief Executive, Connected Development (CODE)



16h30-18h00 Parallel expert workshops:

Education and citizen’s global consciousness
Raising awareness on citizens partaking and responsibility through (mindful) sustainable lifestyles: the role of global education to enhance international solidarity.

With the contribution of:

- Damiano Borgogno, Global Coordinator on Climate Transparency and MRV, United Nations Development Program (UNDP)


Addressing vulnerabilities through intersectionality
The workshop will explore the application of an intersectional approach to vulnerability reduction and how to raise awareness on the unequal impacts of crises on women and girls.

- Sarah Diedro, freelance communication consultant and podcast producer

- Ioana Barbulescu, legal consultant on Roma women’s access to justice and minority rights

- Onai Hara, media manager of the Zimbabwe Deaf Media Trust and programme manager of Deaf Women Included

- Rania Ali, journalist and co-leader of Living Together Initiative, Terre Des Hommes

- Nondumiso Hlope, founder and co-Director of the Global Shapers Community Mbabane Hub


Intergenerational dialogue and environnent protection
This workshop will address the strong link between environmental governance and the concept of intergenerational solidarity. How can to ensure intergenerational collaboration, dialogue and learning?

With the contribution of:

- Jorge Aguado Sánchez, Member of the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe


Thursday 3 December

14h00 - 14h30  How can we make solidarity even stronger?

Ubuntu Talk

Presenter: Okechukwu Jake Emmanuel Effoduh

- Obiora C. Okafor, Independent Expert on International Solidarity, United Nations

- Kathryn Gwiazdon, Executive Director, Center for Environmental Ethics and Law


14h30 - 16h00 How can we make solidarity even stronger?

Moderated interview with Q&A

- Ambassador Nasser Kamel, Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean

- Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo (Italy) and 2019 North-South Prize laureate

- Nabila Hamza, Deputy Mayor of La Marsa (Tunisia) and 2019 North-South Prize Laureate



16h30 - 17h00 Closing of the Forum

- Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs, Council of Europe

- Ambassador Jorge Silva Lopes, Executive Director of the North-South Centre, Council of Europe


17h00 - 17h30 Intercultural live streaming concert: Mundana Refugi Orchestra


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