Presidency Peer Learning Activity

"A rights-based approach to youth policies"


Time zone: Lisbon / WET

Tuesday, 22nd June


Official opening
Welcome and introduction - Manuel Gil, Sladjana Petkovic, ECORYS

  • Lucas Chambel, Portuguese National Youth Council Board Member for International Affairs
  • Themis Christophidou, Director General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission
  • João Paulo Rebelo, Portuguese Secretary of State for Youth and Sport


Young people's access to rights and rights-based approach: what & why?

  • Flavia Colonnese - Policy and Advocacy Manager | Youth Rights
  • Lana Pasic - Research and youth policy officer of the EU-CoE Youth Partnership
  • Miriam Allam - Deputy Head of Division, Governance Reviews and Partnerships Division, OECD

Spotlight Speech - Young People: agents of change

  • Speech by Mr. Michael O'Flaherty, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) followed by a moderated discussion with the participants

Coffee break


Breakout sessions

  • Participation & Inclusion
    How do we empower young people to know, protect, exercise their rights, and fulfill their responsibilities through active participation?
  • Transparency & Accountability
    How do we encourage mutually accountable partnerships between young people and duty bearers to ensure access to rights?
  • Equality & Non-Discrimination
    How to address equality and non-discrimination so that all young people in their diversity can access rights?

Presentations and conclusions


Lunch (end of the first day)


On site programme for participants in person (tbc)

Wednesday, 23rd June


Introduction to the day


Promising practices: fulfilment of rights through empowerment

  • Nika Bakhsoliani - Advisory Council on Youth - Council of Europe
  • Sónia Paixão - Vice President of the Governing Board of the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth
  • Aissatu Forbs Djalo - President of the Youth Forum CPLP
  • Max Trejo Cervantes - International Ibero-American Youth Organisation (OIJ)
Coffee break

Rights-based approach (RBA) Working groups - Commitment to a rights-based approach in practice


Final plenary


Closing session

  • João Pedro Videira, President Portuguese National Youth Council
  • Panagiotis Chatzmichail, Board member responsible for the Youth Rights European Youth Forum
  • Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot, Director for Youth, Education and Erasmus+ European Commission, Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture
  • Vitor Pataco, President of the Governing Board of the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth
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