Fundamental Rights Forum

Vienna, 25-27 September 2018
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights’ second Fundamental Rights Forum will take place from 25 until 27 September 2018 in Vienna under the banner of ‘belonging’.


Engage in new conversations.


Shape critical human rights agendas.


Transform complex thinking into practical solutions.

How can the Fundamental Rights Forum help protect human rights?

People need to feel safe, secure and share a sense of belonging within a wider community. Protecting and promoting fundamental rights can make this a reality for everyone.

The Forum brings together over 400 thought leaders from human rights communities, the arts and business. They represent international, national and local organisations. ©, 2018

Over three days they will share their stories, discuss new perspectives on pressing human rights issues and suggest strategies to deal with them. They will not shy away from difficult discussions.

The Forum centres on the idea of belonging. Diverse sessions will challenge policies and practices on issues ranging from the situation of people of African descent in the EU, child poverty, refugee inclusion and artificial intelligence.

The aim is to influence the hearts and minds of policymakers and the general public. To have a dialogue about human rights beyond the Forum itself. Attendees will help define new, constructive ways forward for human rights.

Human Rights are for everyone: from the general public to the most marginalised in society. The Forum aims to provide answers to some of these questions:

  • How do we ensure everyone has full access to and understanding of their human rights?
  • How do we make sure rights have meaning, whether for getting a job, education or escaping from poverty?
  • How can we connect international organisations and governments with those offering frontline support?
  • How can schools prepare the tolerant, respectful citizens of tomorrow?

  • Throughout the forum a variety of activities will be available such as a Virtual zone (digital human rights tools); Living library and art exhibitions.


Fundamental Rights Forum High Patron, Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria

Highlighting the Agency’s important role in reminding the EU and its Member States to uphold their commitment to fundamental rights, the Austrian President, Alexander Van der Bellen, is the High Patron of FRA’s Fundamental Rights Forum.

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The Fundamental Rights Forum 2018 will take place from 25-27 September at the METAStadt in Vienna.

Dr. Otto Neurath Gasse 3
AT - 1220 Vienna

The venue can be reached by the metro line U1 to the station 'Kagran' then via tram 25 to 'Erzehog Karl Strasse' or by the metro line U2 to the station 'Hardeggasse' and then via tram 25 to 'Erzehog Karl Strasse'.
METAstadt can also be reached by train via the S80 from the 'Hauptbahnhof' (25 minutes) or 'Simmering Ostbahn' stations (17 minutes).

Messeplatz Accessibility

The meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. In case you need further assistance, please get in touch with the organisers. We will do our best to cater for your individual needs.