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Intellectuals, civil society organizations, official representatives, activists and journalists from all over the world will come together in a two-day multi-disciplinary event to highlight the best approaches to deal with human migration and the rising nationalistic radicalism, and how that is reshaping our world politically and socially.

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Program

Briefing

SATURDAY 09:00-10:00
*Speakers and Moderators Only

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1st Session

SATURDAY 10:00-12:00
Implications of the Refugee Crisis beyond the 1951 UN-RC

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2nd Session

SATURDAY 14:00-16:00
Media coverage: narrating terrorism and migration

Task Force Meeting

SATURDAY 17:00-18:00
Participants divided in four thematic groups

Task Force Meeting

SUNDAY 09:00-10:00
Participants divided in four thematic groups

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3rd Session

SUNDAY 10:00-12:00
EXITs and selective integration: last sighs of nationalism?

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4th Session

SUNDAY 14:00-16:00
Rethinking citizenship for a mobile world

Art Exhibit

SUNDAY 17:00-18:00
Art Exhibit and Short Film from selected Artists

The forum adopts the format of roundtable debates with 50 participants in one concentric table for deep discussions and collective exchange. Each session has a first half of expert speeches, followed by a second half of open debates.

Task Force Meetings will be organized and coordinated by our Program Team in order to generate focused debates, networking and project propositions in 4 divided groups of 10-15 guests, following the subjects of the sessions.

Finger Buffet Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 to 14:00

Saturday & Sunday from 16:00 to 17:00

Saturday at 20:00

Speakers & Moderators

Amin Awad

Amin Awad is Director for the Middle East and North Africa Bureau at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Syria and the Irak situations, United Nations High Commissioner.

Arlene Clemesha

Arlene Clemesha is a Professor of Arab History and Director of the Arab Center for Studies at São Paulo University. She is also a commentator at the Brazilian television channel TV Cultura and author of several books.

Ayo Obe

Ayo Obe is a legal practitioner who is Co-Vice Chair of the International Crisis Group. She was President of the Civil Liberties Organisation and Chair of the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy.

Celso Amorim

Celso Amorim is a Brazilian diplomat who served as Minister of Foreign Relations under both President Itamar Franco and President Lula da Silva. He was also Minister of Defence (2011-2014) under President Dilma Rousseff.

Comfort Ero

Comfort Ero has been Crisis Group’s Nairobi-based Africa Program Director since January 2011. She also sits on the editorial board of various journals, including International Peacekeeping.

David Hearst

David Hearst is editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye. He was chief foreign leader writer of The Guardian, former Associate Foreign Editor, European Editor, Moscow Bureau Chief, European Correspondent, and Ireland Correspondent.

Eduardo Barcesat

Eduardo Barcesat is an Argentinian jurist, UNESCO expert on Human rights, Professor at the University of Buenos Aires. He is also a founding member of the American Association of Jurists.

Félix Vacas

Félix Vacas is a Professor of International Public Law and International Relations at the University Carlos III of Madrid. He is expert on Human Rights and International Migration Law, and has published extensively on these issues.

Gonzalo Fanjul

Gonzalo Fanjul is a researcher and an activist on poverty and development. Policy Director at the Institute of Global Health of Barcelona and Co-founder of porCausa. Co-editor of El País award-winning blog 3500 Millones.

John Ralston Saul

John Ralston Saul is a Canadian award-winning philosopher, novelist and essayist. He is a long-term champion of freedom of expression and was the International President of PEN International, until October 2015.

Katja Iversen

Katjia Iversen is the CEO of Women Deliver, a leading global advocate for investment in the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women. She has more than 20 years of experience working in NGOs and United Nation agencies.

Khalid Hajji

Khalid Hajji is an academic researcher, author and Professor in the Department of Anglo-American Studies at Mohamed Premier University in Morocco. He is also a founding member of Al Jazeera Centre for Studies.

Lorenzo Marsili

Lorenzo Marsili is the Co-founder and Director of European Alternatives. He is the initiator and the spokesperson of the European Initiative for Media Pluralism and DiEM25’s Coordinating Collective member.

Mariana Santos

Mariana Santos is the Co-founder and CEO of Unicorn Interactive and Chicas Poderosas, a digital training community to bring more women journalists to technology in media. Formerly she was a member of the interactive team at The Guardian.

Mario Domínguez

Marío Domínguez is a Professor of Sociology at Complutense University of Madrid. His academic works focus on a cultural critique of modernity, the challenges of globalization and the political violence.

Mayte Pascual

Mayte Pascual is a journalist at TVE specialized in international news and society. Currently at “Informe Semanal”, the milestone news program in Europe, she was awarded several times and has covered major events along the last decades.

Ömer Önhon

Ömer Önhon is the Ambassador of Turkey in Spain. He has held several official posts such as Turkish General Consul in New York, Deputy Director General for the Middle East and Africa, and Ambassador of Turkey in Damasco, amongst others.

Paula Barrachina

Paula Barrachina is a lawyer specialized in international human rights. Awarded in Academic Excellence by the US Government, she works as Policy Officer and Executive Assistant at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Rafael Heiber

Rafael Heiber is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Common Action Forum. He is a geographer and social scientist with academic expertise in organizational space and political implications of sociotechnical systems.

Sami Zeidan

Sami Zeidan is a Senior Presenter with Al Jazeera English. He has covered conflict zones and several seats of power including the United Nations, the White House and the European Commission.

Thembisa Fakude

Thembisa Fakude is the Head of Research Relations at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies and Deputy Chairperson of the Common Action Forum. He has written extensively on geopolitics and is a regular contributor in several newspapers.

Wadah Khanfar

Wadah Khanfar is the Co-founder and Chairman of Common Action Forum. He previously served as the Director General of Al Jazeera, transforming it from a single channel to a media network.

Sessions

Find bellow the available content divided per sessions

1st Session − Implications of the Refugee Crisis beyond the 1951 UN-RC

Moderator: Sami Zeidan
Speakers: 
Amin Awad
Comfort Ero
Ömer Önhon
Félix Vacas

2nd Session − Media coverage: narrating terrorism and migration

Moderator: Mayte Pascual
Speakers: 
Katja Iversen
Arlene Clemesha
Gonzalo Fanjul
Mariana Santos

3rd Session − EXITs and selective integration: last sighs of nationalism?

Moderator: Thembisa Fakude
Speakers:
Celso Amorim
Eduardo Barcesat
Lorenzo Marsili
David Hearst

4th Session − Rethinking citizenship for a mobile world

Moderator: Rafael Heiber
Speakers: 
Ayo Obe
Khalid Hajji
Paula Barrachina
Marío Domínguez
John Ralston Saul

Dinner Speech

Speaker: Wadah Khanfar

Gallery

Live Blog

Available during the event

Live Stream

Day 1