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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 - 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
Description

Key note opening address by Michael O’Flaherty, FRA Director and Chair of the Forum.

High level opening panel with

  • Alexander Van der Bellen (tbc), President of Austria, High Patron of the Forum
  • António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General (video message)
  • Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission
  • Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
  • Claude Moraes, Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice, Home Affairs Committee (LIBE), European Parliament 

Reflections on Forum 2016 and Chair’s Statement 2016.

Additional resources
11:30 - 13:00
Description
  • WG1: How can we foster diverse and inclusive human rights based societies? The case of diversity employers and education
     
  • WG2: Local action as a driver of human rights and belonging
     
  • WG3: Boosting trust in institutions – a critical dialogue
     
  • WG4: Basic needs, basic rights, social rights – going beyond advocacy
     
  • WG5: Turning up the volume: no voice unheard!
11:30 - 13:00
Description
  • 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 IT systems. 

13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
Description
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Giving children a voice: understanding child participation. The need for international guidelines on child participation in policy discussions
    FRA / Eurochild / UNICEF

    Drafting guidelines that any institution, organisation or business can turn to when inviting children to actively participate in meetings and events. To ensure that first-hand needs are taking into consideration, interactive discussions among different age groups are envisaged. 

  • 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.

  • 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 serve as a preliminary step towards bringing 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
Description
  • Shared space of religion and human rights in the context of asylum/refugees/migration/ integration - 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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-based storytelling through film
    This Human World / European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC)

    How to better monitor artistic freedom in the EU? How to join forces to step up advocacy on artistic freedom as a human right? How to better protect artistic space?

17:00 - 18:00
Description

Panel discussion on a fundamental rights reality in the EU.

Additional resources
18:00 - 19:30

Day 2

26 September
09:30 - 10:30
Description
  • Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman
  • Aya Abdullah, UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council Delegate

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.

Additional resources
11:30 - 13:00
Description
  • WG1: How can we foster diverse and inclusive human rights based societies? 
     
  • WG2: Local action as a driver of human rights and belonging
     
  • WG3: Boosting trust in institutions – a critical dialogue
     
  • WG4: Basic needs, basic rights, social rights – going beyond advocacy
     
  • WG5: Turning up the volume: no voice unheard!
11:30 - 13:00
Description
  • Presentation of the FRA Handbook 'Guidance for the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in law and policy making at 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.

  • Empowering the individual and advancing social integration through music
    Musicians for Human Rights

     

13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
Description
  • 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.

  • Age Matters! Exploring age-related barriers to service access and the realisation of rights for adolescents
    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.

  • Human ingenuity: music in fulfilment and violation of human rights
    Musicians for Human Rights
15:30 - 17:00
Description
  • 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.

  • Social inclusion of refugees in and through sport: Challenges, strategies and policies in the EU
    Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (Fairplay) / Football Association of Ireland (FAI) / Camino

    Focusing on social inclusion of migrants and refugees in sport to raise awareness among decision makers and sport organisations. Facilitating exchanges of views between policy makers, sport actors, experts and civil society.

  • 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.

  • Mega-sport events: protecting, respecting and implementing human rights
    Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (Fairplay) / Südwind / Austrian Ministry of Sport

    Promoting and strengthening respect for human rights and common values through sports.

  • How to establish a human rights film festival?
    This Human World / Südwind / One World Prague

    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
Description

Panel discussion on a fundamental rights reality in the EU.

Additional resources
19:30 - 21:00
Description

Takes place in Stadtkino, downtown Vienna.

Day 3

27 September
09:30 - 10:30
Description
  • Ivan Krastev, political scientist and Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies
  • Ali Can, initiator of a ‘hotline concerned for citizens'

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.

Additional resources
10:30 - 12:00
Description
  • WG1: How can we foster diverse and inclusive human rights based societies? 
     
  • WG2: Local action as a driver of human rights and belonging
     
  • WG3: Boosting trust in institutions – a critical dialogue
     
  • WG4: Basic needs, basic rights, social rights – going beyond advocacy
     
  • WG5: Turning up the volume: no voice unheard!
10:30 - 12:00
Description
  • Media toolkit workshop
    FRA

    Launching the pilot media toolkit platform. Participants will be asked to reflect on newsroom editorial decisions about coverage, and identify fundamental rights aspects of the news.

  • Shared space of religion and human rights in the context of asylum/refugees/migration/ integration - 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.

  • From principles and passion to productivity: stories from human rights defenders and creators of music-centred international and national NGOs
    Musicians for Human Rights
12:00 - 13:00
Description
  • Chair of the FRA Management Board, Sirpa Rautio
  • First Vice President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness
  • Michael O’Flaherty, FRA Director and Chair of the Forum
Additional resources
13:00 - 14:00

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