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Re-thinking participation to expand civic space and advance human rights for all in the EU and beyond

Investing more in meaningful, inclusive and safe public participation at the local, national and international levels, including through new and creative ways and leveraging digital technologies, represents a key contribution to a new vision for the future of human rights. This vision is centered around universality, progress and engagement, which the Human Rights 75 campaign aspires to promote. Discussions will be chaired and moderated by Ms Elena Kountouri Tapiero, acting Regional Representative, UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe 2:00 pm Welcome coffee 2:30 pm Introductory remarks by Mr Oliver Röpke, President of the European Economic and Social Committee 2:45 pm Open discussion animated by a panel exchange with: • Ms Marie-Hélène Boulanger, acting Director for Rule of Law, Fundamental Rights and Democracy, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission • Ms Alexandrina Najmowicz, Secretary-General of the European Civic Forum • Ms Chiara Adamo, Head of Unit for Gender Equality, Human Rights and Democratic Governance, Directorate-General for International Partnerships, European Commission • Mr Ken Godfrey, Executive Director, European Partnership for Democracy 4:00 pm Wrap up and closing .