STATUS EUROPA - Democracy and Human Rights in Europe 2023

In cooperation with the Council of Europe and our partner organisations, Kristiansand municipality will convene the fourth European Conference on Democracy and Human Rights on 5 May 2023 in Kristiansand.

Where do we stand, and where are we moving forward in European cooperation?

High-level speakers and panelists from the Council of Europe, the EU, the parliamentary assemblies, the Nordic countries, including Iceland, which holds the presidency of the Council of Europe, other European countries, including Ukraine, as well as international organizations such as Reporters sans frontières, Association of European Journalists, PEN, ICORN, Historians without borders etc.

Bilateral high-level meetings, diplomatic participation, and wide media coverage.

The European conference takes place two weeks before the 4th European Summit of the Council of Europe in Reykjavik, 16-17 May 2023 and will be an arena for discussing proposals and input for the Summit.

The European Conference is the main event of the Democracy Week 2 – 6 May, a week filled with events addressing challenges regarding democracy, human rights, freedom of expression. There will also be a rich cultural program.

We look forward to welcoming public institutions, media, parliamentarians, international organisations, but also NGOs, companies, foundations, trade unions, think tanks, universities, and civil society at large.  

Registration will open in March.

Some highlights from the European Conference 2022

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