Engage in new conversations.
Shape critical human rights agendas.
Transform complex thinking into practical solutions.
Building on the basic need for people to feel safe, secure and belong to a wider community, the Forum will bring together over 400 participants from human rights communities, the arts, business, international, national and local organisations to discuss new perspectives to pressing human rights issues and strategies:
- How do we ensure that everyone, from the general public to the most marginalised in our societies have full access to and understanding about their human rights entitlements?
- How can we better pass the message that rights legally apply to everyone and have meaning for everyone whether it means getting a job, education or escaping from poverty?
- How can we connect international organisations and governments with those offering frontline support to ensure everyone feels included in our societies?
- How can schools prepare the citizens of tomorrow to have values like tolerance and respect for others from an early age onwards?
Fundamental Rights Forum High Patron, Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria
In 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, becomes High Patron of FRA’s Fundamental Rights Forum.
Claude Moraes is Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir (Iceland), began her tenure as Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights on 19 July 2017, succeeding Michael Georg Link of Germany.
António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1st January 2017.
Dunja Mijatovic was elected as the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights by the Organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) at its plenary session in Strasbourg on 24 January 2018. Ms Mijatovic was elected for a non-renewable term of six years starting on 1 April 2018.
Věra Jourová is currently European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.
Kate Gilmore is UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights. She brings to the position diverse and longstanding experience in strategic leadership and human rights advocacy with the UN, government and non-government organisations.
Emily O'Reilly has been the European Ombudsman since October 2013. She is an author, former journalist and broadcaster who became Ireland's first female Ombudsman and Information Commissioner in 2003. In 2007 she was also appointed Commissioner for Environmental Information.
Michael O’Flaherty is FRA’s current Director. Previously, he was Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has also been the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.
The Fundamental Rights Forum 2018 will take place from 25-27 September at the METAStadt in Vienna.
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).
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.