Strasbourg, 30 November 2012 - The Arab Spring and its legacy two years after: the Council of Europe North-South Centre, devotes the 19th edition of the Lisbon Forum, starting on Monday, 3 December, to the developments in the Arab countries of Northern Africa and the Middle East.
The debate will focus on the promotion of the Rule of Law through constitutional and justice system reforms, on the role of social media in the field of freedom of expression, on local democracy challenges, and on women's rights.
Deborah Bergamini, Chair of the Executive Committee of the North-South Centre, Jorge Sampaio, President of the Lisbon Forum, High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations, Princess Rym Ali of Jordan, and Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission are the main speakers at the event.
The programme, organised in partnership with the Alliance of Civilizations, the Aga Khan Development Network and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, is financially supported by the European Union in the framework of the project “Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood”.
Since 1994, the Lisbon Forum is a platform for dialogue and sharing of experiences, expertise and best practices between Europe and the rest of the world, including the Middle East, Africa and the countries of the southern rim of the Mediterranean Sea.