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25 September

09:30 - 11:30
11:30 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:00
17:00 - 18:00
18:00 - 19:30

26 September

09:30 - 09:35
09:35 - 10:30
11:30 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:00
17:00 - 18:00

27 September

09:30 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00
12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:00

Day 1

25 September
09:30 - 11:30
  • Performance by Musicians for Human Rights
  • Opening of the Forum by Michael O’Flaherty, FRA Director and Chair of the Forum.
  • Message from Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria, High Patron of the Forum (video)
  • High level opening panel and keynote opening speech by Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission.
Speakers
Moderator
  • Shada IslamDirector of Europe and Geopolitics of the Friends of Europe
Additional resources
11:30 - 13:00
  1. Belonging in today’s diverse, polarised and fragmented societies – the role of education and employment in fostering inclusion
    This working group will reflect on the role education and employment can play in creating belonging to make societies more inclusive. The findings will be brought together to create synergies and consistent approaches across both areas. Day 1 will focus on the role of education in fostering inclusion.
     
  2. Local action as a driver of human rights and belonging
    This working group recognises the important role cities play in the human rights landscape. With examples of local practices, it will show how cities act as ‘hubs’ for ideas and social development. It will allow discuss how they can enable people to advance socially and economically. Day 1 will focus on cities as human rights actors in the multi-level governance of human rights. 
     
  3. Boosting trust in institutions – a critical dialogue
    This working group seeks to explore with rights holders and duty bearers how trust in public institutions can be boosted. Day 1 will focus on identifying the main dimensions of (lack of) trust in institutions.
     
  4. Securing social rights through equal opportunities and access to the labour market
    This working group will reflect on how equal opportunities and access to labour market can help secure social rights. It will particularly focus on young people. It will at labour market changes and the implications for social rights. Day 1 will focus on drawing lessons from the 2008 economic crisis. They will also explore how a human rights based perspective can address inequalities and social inclusion.
     
  5. Turning up the volume: no voice unheard!
    This working group will explore ways of strengthening the voice and raising awareness of the plight of those most excluded. It will showcase positive practices, strategies and tools to ‘turn up the volume’ and amplify the voice of those that remain unheard. Day 1 will focus on Arts & Media –elucidating and drawing attention to human rights issues, shaping and (re)framing public perception of those most excluded and at risk of human rights violations.
11:30 - 13:00
  • Leveraging partnerships and multi-stakeholder approach to address child labour and forced labour in agricultural supply chains
    Nestlé / Fair Labor Association

    Exploring: (1) how partnership between various stakeholders can contribute towards labour rights (especially child labour and forced labour) in informal workplaces that are often left out of any labour inspection system; (2) the role companies can play in better management and oversight of working conditions in agricultural supply chains; and (3) insights, perspectives and recommendations on access to remedy and grievance channels, and redress mechanisms in informal workplaces.

  • Promotion of common values through sport
    Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Bulgaria

    Discussing how sport can contribute to the overall promotion of values that is already taking place in other sectors – for example the educational sector. The Council of the EU’s Conclusions on promoting common EU values through sport will form the basis of discussions.

  • EU systems and biometrics:  fundamental rights implications
    FRA and partners

    Providing an overview of fundamental rights concerns in relation to EU Information Technology systems. 

13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
  • RISE - Together we can shape a better refugee policy for Europe
    Greek Forum of Refugees (GFR)

    Discussing: (1) the need for refugees to be actively involved in the design and implementation of policies, actions and solutions that affect them; (2)- the idea that refugees shouldn't be seen as beneficiaries only but also as contributors to society; (3) the importance of focusing on refugee communities in Europe.

  • Artificial Intelligence and Inclusion: Ensuring equal access and benefits
    Microsoft

    Exploring how the development and use of artificial intelligence can reduce inequalities by providing equal access to benefits and include marginalised groups.

  • National Minorities and the State: from exclusive identities to multi-layered forms of identities
    Council of Europe/ FRA and partners

    Analysing of the evolving concept of national minority rights and preserving minority identities, and the challenges of shaping inclusive societies. Discussions will be held in the context or Art. 21 of EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

  • Current political conditions for NGOs securing fundamental rights through strategic litigation
    Büro zur Umsetzung von Gleichbehandlung (BUG) / The PILS project Northern Ireland

    Assessing strategic litigation’s role in ensuring and implementing fundamental rights at the EU and national levels. An identification of the needs and steps ahead to ensure that strategic litigation can continue to be used.

  • From words to action: Checklist for human rights communicators
    FRA / Council of Europe / The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) / European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) / European Network of Equality Bodies (EQUINET)

    Launching the communicators’ checklist, which encapsulates effective elements of a public communication approach. Testing an online communicators’ toolbox through a pilot survey.

  • From 'good practices' to system change: how to rethink migrant inclusion from a community perspective?
    European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) / Network of European Foundations / Global Centre for Pluralism

    Exploring the future of migrant inclusion at a time of a high need for alternative policies and practices in Europe with organisers, decision makers, inclusion practitioners and inspiring thinkers.

  • Exhibition of selected awareness raising campaigns at the European level as part of the Aware and Active! Project
    Interkulturelles Zentrum Wien / Partners Erasmus / National Agencies: Youth in Action

    Presenting examples of awareness raising campaigns that young refugees, migrants and asylum seekers themselves have designed.

  • #MeToo: a global movement to end universal human rights violations against women
    WAVE network and partners; introduction by Dubravka Šimonović, Special Rapporteur on violence against women

    Exploring ways in which survivors are empowered, and institutions can assume responsibility for protecting and supporting survivors and their access to justice. It will also look at how communities can develop their power to create a violence-free society and the media can contribute to eradicating the harmful practice of victim blaming, in order to overcome human rights violations and restore the sense of belonging.

  • Meeting of Human Rights Cities
    FRA / Human Rights Office Vienna

    While several European cities have declared themselves to be Human Rights Cities, there is not yet an existing European platform or network of these cities to regularly meet to exchange practices, methods and learnings, nor to advise or support other cities interested in becoming Human Rights Cities. This meeting will bring together existing and interested European Human Rights Cities, with a view towards establishing a more sustainable platform or network of Human Rights Cities in Europe.

15:30 - 17:00
  • Resisting Archangel: technology, surveillance and the rights of the child
    European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)

    Looking into the techniques that young people use to safeguard their information and autonomy of their digital selves. Children have never been monitored so closely as they are now. Apps targeted at children and teenagers which are addictive-by-design, connected toys and assistants which listen and record often with minimal security, schools which for lack of public funding have to accept private capital in exchange for allowing pupils’ every movement to be tracked. Is this sustainable? Are the GDPR and other regulatory machinery fit for purpose as the first generation of digital natives enter civic and economic life?

  • Leaving no one behind: Partnerships to promote and monitor fundamental rights in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
    Danish Institute for Human Rights / European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI)

    Highlighting the potential of a human rights-based approach to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Demonstrating key tools and methodologies that can be used to ensure no one is left behind while seeking to inspire multi-stakeholder partnerships for accountability.

  • Believing, belonging, behaving - Building a culture of freedom of religion or belief for all
    Nordic Ecumenical Network on International Freedom of Religion or Belief (NORFORB)

    How to enable individuals and organisations reflect on the role they can play in building a society that has a social, political and legal culture of freedom of religion or belief for all. It will look at how to provide resources to help them play their role more effectively.

  • A fair future of work for everyone
    European Youth Forum

    Exploring the ways we can ensure the future of work does not exacerbate inequalities and protects the rights of all.

  • Black Europe: The EU and the human rights of Africans and people of African Descent
    European Network of People of African Descent (ENPAD) / The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

    Highlighting the human rights situation of Africans and people of African descent across Europe in different areas in light of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. An explanation of the patterns of discrimination and inequalities across Europe (and internationally) in order to propose policy solutions.

17:00 - 18:00

Panel discussion

Moderator
  • Shada IslamDirector of Europe and Geopolitics of the Friends of Europe
Additional resources
18:00 - 19:30

Performance by Musicians for Human Rights

Day 2

26 September
09:30 - 09:35

Video message by António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General 

Speakers
Additional resources
09:35 - 10:30

Connect-Reflect-Act talks are short inspiring speeches given by thought leaders, innovative thinkers, and relevant actors from different areas, comparable to the TED Talks formula.

The talks are being held in cooperation with the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue and the European Forum Alpbach.

Speakers
  • Emily O'ReillyEuropean Ombudsman
  • Ali CanFounder of the association Intercultural Peace, initiator of a ‘hotline for concerned citizens’
Additional resources
11:30 - 13:00
  1. Belonging in today’s diverse, polarised and fragmented societies – the role of education and employment in fostering inclusion
    This working group will reflect on the role education and employment can play in creating belonging to make societies more inclusive. The findings will be brought together to create synergies and consistent approaches across both areas. Day 2 will focus on the role of employment/employers in promoting inclusion and diversity.
  2. Local action as a driver of human rights and belonging
    This working group recognises the important role cities play in the human rights landscape. With examples of local practices, it will show how cities act as ‘hubs’ for ideas and social development. It will allow discuss how they can enable people to advance socially and economically. Day 2 will focus on living together in the city of tomorrow: re-shaping urban public spaces for all.
  3. Boosting trust in institutions – a critical dialogue
    This working group seeks to explore with rights holders and duty bearers how trust in public institutions can be boosted. Day 2 will focus on assessing the main dimensions of trust in institutions.
  4. Securing social rights through equal opportunities and access to the labour market
    This working group will reflect on how equal opportunities and access to labour market can help secure social rights. It will particularly focus on young people. It will at labour market changes and the implications for social rights. Day 2 will focus on how we can achieve greater consensus on how to secure equal opportunities and facilitate access to the labour market. It will examine which actors and instruments are supportive in that regard and which are not.
  5. Turning up the volume: no voice unheard!
    This working group will explore ways of strengthening the voice and raising awareness of the plight of those most excluded. It will showcase positive practices, strategies and tools to ‘turn up the volume’ and amplify the voice of those that remain unheard. Day 2 will focus on civil society organisations –empowering individuals, amplifying the voice of the unheard, and influencing decision makers.
11:30 - 13:00
  • Shared space of religion and human rights in the context of improving reception conditions of migrants - part 1
    FRA / OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) / The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) / The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID)

    Focusing on the shared space between religiously inspired organisations and those working on migration and refugee protection - continuing a dialogue with faith based organisations at FRA from September 2017. 

  • The Charter of Fundamental Rights - how to make it a better known, understood and used instrument at the national level?
    FRA

    Presenting a handbook, which offers guidance for the use of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights at the national level.

  • How can EU law protect civil society space?
    Fundamental Rights Platform, Advisory Panel / ECNL - European Centre for non-profit Law

    Identifying how EU legislation can be used to strengthen and protect civil society space and civic freedoms. Highlighting existing examples where EU law has protected civil society space. Identifying from participants existing or emerging negative developments. Discussing potential opportunities for litigation and funding for litigation.

  • From rights to realities: music for empowerment and integration
    Musicians for Human Rights

     

13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
  • The rule of law is too slow – the human rights impacts of privatised enforcement
    Access Now

    Exploring how privatised enforcement has become more prevalent in fundamental rights issues in executing rights and as a gatekeeper. The rule of law is circumvented on the basis that it's too cumbersome and slow, and private actors are put in the middle of procedures that increase their impact and power on the one hand but create responsibilities without adequate accountability on the other.

  • Protecting the Rule of Law, by promoting understanding of and respect for judicial independence and accountability
    European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ)

    Focusing on ways to increase public trust in the judiciary.

  • Making rights real: the fight against ageism
    AGE Europe

    Exploring the drivers of ageism that act as barriers to the full and equal realisation of human rights in older age.

  • From principles and passion to productivity: stories from human rights defenders and creators of music-centered NGOs
    Musicians for Human Rights
  • From corporate social responsibility to responsibility to respect human rights: role of businesses in human rights protection
    Slovak National Centre for Human Rights

    Raising awareness about the concept of business and human rights as defined by the 2011 UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Stimulating debate on the role of business in human rights protection.

  • Age Matters! Exploring age-related barriers to service access and the realisation of rights for adolescents (to be confirmed)
    Youth Policy Labs / UNICEF

    Understanding how age-related legislation affects adolescents’ lives, in regards to accessing services and realising their rights. Reflecting on the rationale behind minimum age requirements covered in research by Youth Policy Lab, UNICEF, CRIN and FRA.

15:30 - 17:00
  • Citizen’s Europe – citizens’ meaningful participation in the public affairs
    Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe and Open Government Partnership (Civil society engagement Support Unit)

    Identifying facilitating factors (in terms of specific policy and regulations, resources, engaged stakeholders, political context) which help reinforce citizens’ rights to participate in public affairs, according to international standards.

  • Fostering belonging and community among sexual and gender minority (SGM) refugees
    ORAM – Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration / Rutgers University

    Discussing the barriers to integration among SGM refugees in the EU. ORAM and Queer Base will provide best practice examples of fostering belonging among Europe’s most vulnerable refugee cohort from community organisations. Participants will have the opportunity to network and discuss integration issues associated with SGM refugees.

  • Is there a role for business in supporting civil society space? Rationale, practical cases and next steps.
    Fundamental Rights Platform, Advisory Panel / Business and Human Rights Resource Center

    Exploring the business role in contributing to civil society space. What are the drivers? Giving an overall picture on if, and how, business supports civil society, civic freedoms and human rights defenders, with good practice examples.

  • Belonging: How to overcome growing polarisation and othering via social media
    Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit

    Focusing on hate speech and disinformation online and along with this, its offline implications on society. Panellists will explore problems at hand, as well as possible ways to (re-) create a sense of ‘belonging’.

  • Human rights film festivals: zooming into local realities
    This Human World / Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival / Dokufest Kosovo

    How to set up a network to establish a human rights film festival? What are the criteria to curate a human rights film festival? How to make a human rights film festival accessible to all parts of the population (diversifying the typical festival audience)?

17:00 - 18:00

Panel discussion on policy and practical responses by the EU and its Member States to inclusion and the integration of refugees.

In 2015 and 2016 a large number of people seeking protection arrived in the EU, many of them fleeing conflict or persecution. Some of them reached Europe, after a dangerous crossing of the sea. This session will focus on those who received international protection in EU Member States. It will look at the challenges and obstacles refugees face in integrating into society, in particular learning a new language and finding meaningful employment.

Moderator
  • Shada IslamDirector of Europe and Geopolitics of the Friends of Europe
Additional resources
19:30 - 21:00

Stadtkino, downtown Vienna.

Day 3

27 September
09:30 - 10:30

Connect-Reflect-Act talks are short inspiring speeches given by thought leaders, innovative thinkers, and relevant actors from different areas, comparable to the TED Talks formula.

The talks are being held in cooperation with the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue and the European Forum Alpbach.

Speakers
Additional resources
10:30 - 12:00
  1. Belonging in today’s diverse, polarised and fragmented societies – the role of education and employment in fostering inclusion
    This working group will reflect on the role education and employment can play in creating belonging to make societies more inclusive. The findings will be brought together to create synergies and consistent approaches across both areas. Day 3 will focus on the interlinkages between education and employment in fostering inclusion.
  2. Local action as a driver of human rights and belonging
    This working group recognises the important role cities play in the human rights landscape. With examples of local practices, it will show how cities act as ‘hubs’ for ideas and social development. It will allow discuss how they can enable people to advance socially and economically. Day 3 will focus on community-engagement: effective tool for high quality local policies and service delivery to individuals.
  3. Boosting trust in institutions – a critical dialogue
    This working group seeks to explore with rights holders and duty bearers how trust in public institutions can be boosted. Day 3 will focus on exchange practices that boost trust in institutions.
  4. Securing social rights through equal opportunities and access to the labour market
    This working group will reflect on how equal opportunities and access to labour market can help secure social rights. It will particularly focus on young people. It will at labour market changes and the implications for social rights. Day 3 will focus on building on participants’ experiences and what could promote a more sustainable way forward?
  5. Turning up the volume: no voice unheard!
    This working group will explore ways of strengthening the voice and raising awareness of the plight of those most excluded. It will showcase positive practices, strategies and tools to ‘turn up the volume’ and amplify the voice of those that remain unheard. Day 3 will focus on National Human Right Institutions and Equality Bodies - bridging the gap between rights holders, including those in the most marginalised situations, and duty bearers.
10:30 - 12:00
  • Shared space of religion and human rights in the context of improving reception conditions of migrants - part 2
    FRA / OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) / The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) / The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID)
    Focusing on the shared space between religiously inspired organisations and those working on migration and refugee protection - continuing a dialogue with faith based organisations at FRA from September 2017.
  • Independence of the judiciary and corruption
    Council of Europe
    Enabling a deeper exploration of one aspect of the overall topic of trust in institutions, namely the link between independence of the judiciary and corruption. The main objective will be to highlight the elements for a strong framework to uphold judicial independence and ensure judicial integrity.
12:00 - 13:00
Speakers
Moderator
  • Shada IslamDirector of Europe and Geopolitics of the Friends of Europe
Additional resources
13:00 - 14:00

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