The Forum connects practitioners, grassroots workers, thinkers and high-level decision makers in an inclusive and open platform.
The Forum looks at existing challenges and good practices as well as future challenges and opportunities. We provide space to enable dynamic and respectful dialogue, and knowledge sharing where different views can stimulate innovative ways forward.
The Forum aims at having a tangible impact for the benefit of everyone in the EU. We encourage actors to apply the knowledge and ideas gained, and work together to strengthen fundamental rights for all.
FRF 2018 focus is on ‘belonging’
Taking the legacy of the 2016 Forum as a point of departure and inspired by the call of the 193 States signatories to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ‘leave nobody behind’, the 2018 Forum will focus on strengthening the ties that bind all persons in the EU in the societies they live in.
Building on the basic need for people to feel safe, secure and belong to a wider community, the Forum will explore the theme of ‘Belonging’. ‘Belonging’ is understood as a dynamic process, constructed and negotiated along multiple axes of differences. The Forum will demonstrate that human rights are for everyone and must be respected by everyone. Increasing the sense of belonging will be greatly facilitated when partnerships are enhanced among communities and institutions that rarely engage with each other.
What we have done so far
In spring 2017 the FRA conducted a consultation among stakeholders on the Forum 2018, which focused on the scope, format and focus of the Forum. Respondents generally showed very high interest in the overarching theme ‘belonging’. In their view, this theme allows the most pressing issues in the EU to be addressed.
The sense of ‘belonging’ was seen by respondents as being crucial for the functioning of democracy and the rule of law, as well as a pillar of cohesive and pluralist societies. In this context respondents stressed the need to address the structural determinants of inequality and discontent and enforce social and economic rights more prominently, notably access to (meaningful) employment (with equal pay) and education, but also access to housing and health - rights that are important to everybody. Employment and education empower people and help them to develop their full potential in society. The opportunity to participate in social and political life, to be included, enjoy equal treatment and equal access to goods and services, access to justice and have a strong rights awareness were mentioned as other key elements of belonging.
- Autum 2017: Programme preparations
- 30 November - 10 December 2017: This Human World Film festival screening of movie, also promoting Forum 2018
- Spring 2018: Participant registration (details to follow)
- July 2018: Final FRF 2018 programme published
- 25 September 2018: Opening of the FRF 2018
- 27 September 2018: closure of the FRF 2018
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.
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.
METAStadtDr. 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).
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.