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“The Arab Season: from change to challenges” at North-South Centre Lisbon Forum


“The Arab Season: from change to challenges” at North-South Centre Lisbon Forum

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.


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Committee of Ministers
Le Comité des Ministres salue l’accord de cessez-le-feu et appelle instamment la Russie à retirer l’ensemble de ses troupes de l’Ukraine

Strasbourg, 18.09.2014 - The Council of Europe’s Ministers’ Deputies reviewed the situation in Ukraine at their meeting on 17 September, on the basis of the report presented by the Secretary General on his visits to Kyiv and Moscow on 2-4 September.

In their decision, the Ministers’ Deputies welcomed the Protocol signed in Minsk on 5 September 2014 and called on all parties to strictly respect and fully implement all twelve principles of the Protocol without delay.

In this context, they urged the Russian Federation to withdraw all its troops from Ukraine and to refrain from any further interference in this member country, stressing that the crisis can only be solved on the basis of the principles of the peaceful settlement of disputes.

The Ministers’ Deputies also encouraged the Secretary General to continue to assist the Ukrainian authorities in the conduct of the necessary internal reforms, in particular regarding the Constitution, the judiciary, decentralisation and the protection of persons belonging to national minorities. (more...)

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The Russian Federation and the Council of Europe
Ukraine and the Council of Europe

Secretary General
Sports is about health, fairness and integration, says Secretary General Jagland
Swiss Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer and Thorbjørn Jagland

Macolin, 18.09.2014 - Addressing the conference of European sports ministers in Switzerland, Thorbjørn Jagland, called on all governments to sign and ratify the new Council of Europe convention against the manipulation of sports competitions. This Convention is a major step forward to promote the integrity of sport and sports ethics, he said.

In his speech delivered to some 30 ministers and state secretaries, representatives of the sport movement and of international partner organisations, he underlined that sport is a unique tool to promote values and educate future generations about their rights and responsibilities. “The essence of sport is grounded in diversity, respect and tolerance for oneself and others. It is based on fair competition.”

Corruption undermines sports and people’s trust in sports organisations. Through the rules the Council of Europe sets, it contributes to better governance of sports, with the aim of making sport more fair, more transparent and more ethical, he concluded.

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Integrity in sport and corruption to be focus of Conference of Ministers for Sport in Switzerland
Opening statement by Ueli Maurer
Opening statement by Azad Rahimov
Statement by Anne Brasseur
Statement by Matthias Remund


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