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09:00 - 10:00

REGISTRATION

10:00 - 10:05

ART PERFORMANCE
Music Moves - music performance

Forum stage / Festsaal - livestream

Moderators: Damla Hekimoğlu, Djamila Grandits, Friso Roscam Abbing

Respect for human rights, freedom, democracy, and the rule of law are the founding principles of the EU.

Yet, these principles are under threat across the continent. How can we safeguard the values our democracies are built on? And how we can protect people’s rights in times of polycrisis? This panel will explore how to prevent backsliding of democracy and the rule of law. It will consider specific measures to address rights abuses and socio-economic inequalities which contribute to polarisation in our societies.

Moderator: Damla Hekimoğlu

11:15 - 11:30

ART PERFORMANCE
Cesár Sampson – live performance

  • Protecting democracy and civic space in Europe

Forum stage / Festsaal - livestream

Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing

"Reimagining politics through human rights" is the third series in the podcast sessions "To the Righthouse" by the Global Campus of Human Rights.

In this series, Prof. Graham Finlay hosts meaningful discussions with renowned and emerging voices. The series seeks to question current political systems and challenge deep-rooted inequalities, as a way of envisioning a future that embraces diversity, protects human dignity and empowers human beings and communities.

Moderator: Markus Jaeger

Moderators: Teresa Albano, Tim Mortimer

Free and fair elections are key for holding politicians to account and countering authoritarian trends.

With several major elections this year, including for the European Parliament on 6-9 June, this panel will focus on ensuring free and fair elections in the digital age. It will zoom in on ways to build trust and engagement in electoral processes, ensure greater transparency and counter disinformation online.

Moderator: Damla Hekimoğlu

Moderator: Djamila Grandits

12:15 - 12:30

Break

Human rights lab / Top 319 - livestream

Moderator: Djamila Grandits

Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing

Democracy only thrives with a vibrant civil society.

Yet, civil society organisations face constant threats and attacks. This panel will explore how we can protect and strengthen civic space across the EU, empower human rights defenders and develop a human rights culture. It will also look into strategies for investing in human rights education and engaging young people.

Moderator: Djamila Grandits

Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing

Moderator: Damla Hekimoğlu

Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing

13:45 - 14:30

Lunch break

13:45 - 14:30

Break

Video message by UN Secretary General

'Real time avatar for ecosystems that claim their rights' - The Themis project uses digital real-time avatars to give voices and appearances to various ecosystems. It will talk to the Forum’s participants about environmental resilience.

The climate crisis is a human rights crisis.

As we all experience the impact of climate change, it is the poorest and most vulnerable who most bear the brunt. How can we address rising inequalities? This panel discussion will explore the role human rights can play in addressing climate change and consider the risks and opportunities of the green transition.

Moderator: Damla Hekimoğlu

Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing

Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing

Moderator: Israel Butler

Moderator: Djamila Grandits

Ocean Calls is a bi-monthly show in which Euronews and two leading experts in the field plunge into the issues making waves on our blue planet.

We break down science, share unexpected facts and relive outstanding marine experiences with notable environmental activists, musicians, and even astronauts.

The actions of private companies and corporations have a far-reaching impact on the lives of people around the world, including their social and environmental rights.

Focusing on corporate social responsibility, this panel will examine the initiatives of businesses in tackling climate change. It will explore how businesses can increase their transparency and empower consumers to make environmentally conscious and socially responsible choices.

Moderator: Damla Hekimoğlu

Moderator: Djamila Grandits

Moderator: Djamila Grandits

Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing

16:30 - 16:45

Break

Human rights lab / Top 319 - livestream

Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing

Dealing with climate change and social injustice requires us to rethink our socio-economic models and address inequality and its causes, both within Europe and globally.

This panel will explore ways to ensure fair social and ecological outcomes that involve activists, young people, and local communities in the decision-making process.

Moderator: Djamila Grandits

Guided by the mission to inspire, activate and accelerate collective action to respect human rights and the environment within the context of European football, UEFA aims to empower everyone involved in the sport to play an active role in contributing to sustainable development.  

This masterclass will provide practical insights into UEFA’s targeted measures and investments in policies and areas of action, coupled with examples of how it is building capacities and catalysing collaboration across national associations, leagues and clubs in support of sustainable development.  

With UEFA EURO 2024 being held in Germany this summer, the masterclass will also zoom in on the concrete example of this large-scale tournament to showcase the strategic intent to position environmental, social and governance (ESG) themes as contributing factors to the tournament’s success.

Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing

Moderator: Djamila Grandits

Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing

17:45 - 18:00

Buffer

18:00 - 20:00

EVENING RECEPTION

 Arkadenhof (Yard)

09:30 - 09:45

OPENING

Forum stage / Festsaal - livestream

In our increasingly digital world, tech advances affect every aspect of our lives, including our human rights.

New technologies can speed up decision making, foster equality and enhance inclusion. But they can also undermine human rights and result in discrimination. This panel will explore how to best address algorithmic biases, improve accessibility for underserved groups, and devise strategies to leverage digitalisation for creating a fairer, more inclusive world.

Moderator: Djamila Grandits

Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing

Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing

This one-hour master class will showcase the power of open-source technologies to document and expose human rights violations through various themes- from refugee crises to war crimes. From using photogrammetry, 3D modelling, geospatial and weapons analysis in specific case studies, the audience will get a glimpse into how these tools and techniques are driving today’s human rights investigations. The master class will feature the work of Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch, as well as examples of other major digital investigations published by news outlets.

Euronews Tech Talks goes beyond discussions to explore the impact of new technologies on our lives.

With explanations, engaging Q&As, and lively conversations, the podcast provides valuable insights into the intersection of technology and society.

Moderator: Tanya O' Carroll

Moderator:  Djamila Grandits

Authorities increasingly use technologies to predict crimes, assess visa applications or monitor demonstrations.

What impact does this have on people’s rights? This panel will focus on the human rights implications of AI-powered tools, such as facial recognition. Panellists will explore how the use of AI can lead to discrimination and ethnic profiling. They will seek to identify solutions for ensuring rights-compliant security and policing practices across the EU.

Moderator: Damla Hekimoğlu

Moderator:  Djamila Grandits

Moderator:  Djamila Grandits

Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing

11:45 - 12:00

Break

Human rights lab / Top 319 - livestream

Euractiv’s Tech Brief, where you’ll find the latest roundup of news covering technology from across Europe.

EU tech policy insights brought to you by Júlia Tar, Théophane Hartmann and Alina Clasen every Friday.

Tech companies are driving the development and adoption of new technologies.

What are they doing to protect people’s rights? This panel will look at initiatives tech companies take to increase transparency, and ensure fair and competitive digital landscapes that protect people’s rights.

Moderator: Damla Hekimoğlu

Moderator:  Djamila Grandits

Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing

Moderator: Djamila Grandits

Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing

13:00 - 14:00

Break

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch break

This panel will take stock of the Forum discussions on protecting democracy and civic space, shaping a socially and environmentally sustainable Europe, and ensuring a rights-compliant digital landscape. Panellists will show the role human rights play in shaping our European societies, allowing people to flourish while upholding the values of dignity and equality. The outcome of the human rights tables − guided by the 'citizens' assembly' philosophy − under each thematic strand will feed into the discussion of this panel.

Moderator: Damla Hekimoğlu

Filmmaker and slam poetry champion Lisette Ma Neza will present a poem inspired by the Forum discussions. Ma Neza is Brussels’ first city poet, an honorary position she will hold for the next two years.

Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing

This panel will look ahead to the next 5 to 10 years with confidence and ambition. Panellists will discuss the shifts in methodology and agenda to address the changing nature of challenges to humanity. Panellists should demonstrate commitment to fostering interdisciplinary approaches, particularly between human rights, businesses and technology.

Moderator: Djamila Grandits

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