Register to our webinar EU Neighbourhood South – Safeguarding human rights in the post-COVID-19 context

14 September 2020

PLATFORMA and the Parliamentary assembly of the Mediterranean are jointly organising a webinar on “EU Neighbourhood South – Safeguarding human rights in the post-COVID-19 context” on 18 September 2020, from 10.00 to 12.00 CEST. Register here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly changed the way our societies live and interact. Local and regional governments, along with national administrations, took urgent regulatory measures to stop its spread and safeguard public health, protecting the fundamental human right to life, adapted the provision of local public services to the new context, and engage in discussions about recovery policies and priorities.

The webinar aims to explore the human rights landscape at the local and regional levels in the EU Neighbourhood South, and in the Euro-Mediterranean region of PAM, and present the multi-level governance context in jointly safeguarding, promoting and advancing the human rights agenda around the Mediterranean basin through parliamentary, political, social, and economic cooperation.

It also aims to provide concrete examples how local and regional governments, and parliaments in their national and international capacity, address the human rights challenges and inequalities through decentralised cooperation projects and initiatives.



Mr Frédéric Vallier, Secretary General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, CEMR

Setting the scene: Impact of COVID-19 on human rights and freedoms

Mr Harald Bergmann, Mayor of Middleburg (Netherlands), Thematic Spokesperson on Human Rights, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe, Council of Europe

Ms Yana Chiara Ehm, Member of the Chamber of Deputies (Italy), Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), President of the Third Standing Committee on Dialogue among Civilisations and Human Rights

Panel debate: Multi-level governance in safeguarding human rights

Ms Maria Arena, Member of the European Parliament (Belgium), Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)

Mr Andrea Cozzolino, Member of the European Parliament (Italy), Chair of Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union (DMAG)

Prof. Mukesh Kapila, PAM Senior Medical Advisor, Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs, University of Manchester, former Director for Emergency Response at the World Health Organisation

Inspirational examples 

PLATFORMAwards laureates: Marrakesh-Safi Region (Morocco) and Barcelona Province (Spain)
Ms Zakia Mrini, Member of the House of Representatives, President of the Moroccan Institute for Local Development, IMADEL (Morocco)

Local authority initiatives to overcome challenges in a fragile context
Mr Abdallah Anati, Executive Director, Association of Palestinian Local Authorities, APLA (Palestine)

Mr Sergio Castañar Espacio, Coordinator, Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity, FAMSI (Morocco)

COVID-19 impact on women and girls (study presentation)
Dr. Neila Akrimi, Director General, VNG International Centre for Innovative Local Governance, CILG-VNGI (Tunisia)

Concluding remarks
H. E. Mr Sergio Piazzi, Secretary General, Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, PAM

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