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.




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