Lisbon Forum 2023
The 29th edition of the Lisbon Forum will take place on 16 and 17 October 2023 and will address the theme “Human Rights, Environment and Economic Crimes: Youth at the forefront”.
Building on the Council of Europe’s priorities established at the Reykjavik Summit in May 2023, the 29th Lisbon Forum will explore the intricate connections between economic crimes, corruption, and environmental issues. It will emphasize the pivotal role that young people play as catalysts for change in the ongoing battle against corruption, particularly in safeguarding the environment.
This event is organised in the framework of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe's project “All Informed, All Concerned” with the support of the joint programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Protecting human rights, the rule of law and democracy through shared standards in the Southern Mediterranean” (South Programme V), co-financed by both organisations and implemented by the Council of Europe.
The working languages will be English, French and Arabic.
The interdependence of human rights and the environment is undeniable. The enjoyment of the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is fundamental to permit a life of dignity and well-being for present and future generations. The ongoing environmental degradation is a global threat requiring urgent, coordinated action from all stakeholders. Corruption, particularly in economic crimes like illegal logging, further exacerbates these issues.
These challenges extend far beyond Europe's borders, emphasizing the global nature of the issue. To effectively address them, cooperation and solidarity must be fostered across regions worldwide.
Equally significant is the active engagement of young people in addressing these challenges, as they symbolize the future and can serve as catalysts for change, inspiring their peers and advocating for climate justice for generations yet to come. They possess the potential to influence shifts in attitudes and behaviours vital for the well-being of our planet.
In this context, the Lisbon Forum 2023 will provide a platform for dialogue and reflection. Taking place on 16 -17 October at the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon, Portugal, the Forum will convene representatives from international organisations, national governments, local and regional authorities, civil society, youth organisations, academia, foundations, and media worldwide. Together, they will work collaboratively to make significant progress on addressing these critical issues.
Consult the Concept note for further details.
The program will be announced soon.
Monday 16 October 9:00-11:00
The Lisbon Forum's opening session will delve into the intersection of Human Rights, Environment, and Economic Crimes, with a focus on empowering young people. Institutional representatives will provide valuable insights, fostering dynamic discussions. A keynote speech will offer a comprehensive view of challenges and opportunities, emphasising youth's crucial role. The objective is bring together participants as they work towards the shared goal of shaping a world that is more just, sustainable, and equitable on a global scale.
Monday 16 October 11:30-13:00
Despite increased youth visibility and influence in climate governance, questions persist about the inclusivity and prioritisation of youth voices. Additionally, young people are often confined to roles related to empowerment, representation, and education, overlooking their potential to make significant contributions in areas like combatting environmental crime, addressing corruption, and advancing the energy transition.
This session aims to build on the opportunities, challenges, and the way forward for youth engagement in climate governance.
Monday 16 October 14:30-16:00
This session aims to enhance understanding of the linkages between economic and environmental crimes. The session will present mechanisms to decrease risks and impacts of climate changes, ongoing initiatives at the regional and national level in the fight against corruption and environmental crimes, as well as case studies.
Tuesday 17 October 09:00-12:00
This session will analyse the impact of corruption in the future of young people and explore in which ways they could be better equipped to promote a culture of integrity and against corruption in all its possible manifestations, including on the environment.