The Council of Europe’s very structure (consisting of the Committee of Ministers and other intergovernmental bodies, the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, the Commissioner for Human Rights, the Conference of International NGOs, as well as the European Court of Human Rights) facilitates partnerships with and between national, regional and local authorities and civil society in member States and beyond to promote sustainable development. In addition, our inter-institutional agreements and contacts with other international organisations (in particular, the European Union, the United Nations and the OSCE) facilitate co-operation for SDG implementation.

As an Enlarged Partial Agreement of the Council of Europe, it was established as the organisation’s window to the world and to appeal for greater international solidarity, to promote North-South dialogue and to raise awareness on global interdependence. In pursuing this task, under the principles of dialogue, partnership and solidarity, through a quadrilogue bottom-up approach, the North-South Centre brings together representatives from national governments, national parliaments, local and regional authorities and civil society.

The North-South Centre’s Network of Universities on Youth and Global Citizenship also contributes to this goal. It encourages the definition of a common agenda, through the quadrilogue approach, and the implementation of common actions to foster democratic participation and global citizenship among young people, contributing to this goal of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

For the period 2018-2020 the Network has agreed for a three-year cycle under the umbrella theme: UN Sustainable Development Goal 16: “peace, justice and strong institutions”.

In the framework of the Joint Programme between the Council of Europe and the European Union, ‘South Programme III,’ the North-South Centre’s 2018 Lisbon Forum addressed ‘Youth Peace and Security: uplifting youth engagement in peace and democratic processes in the Euro-Mediterranean Region’. During the Forum, representatives from governments, parliaments, regional and local authorities and civil society from Europe and neighbouring regions, explored the opportunities for a greater youth engagement in decision making processes to ensure peace and democracy in the Euro-Mediterranean, under the framework of the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015).