OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference 2017: Agenda and Important Details

Civic Solidarity Platform is looking forward to seeing you in Vienna on December 5th and 6th 2017. 

At this conference, civil society representatives from throughout the OSCE region will discuss urgent human rights matters and their impact in the region. The outcomes of the CSPs annual work, envisioned and discussed during the Parallel Conference, will be presented in the form of Civil Society Recommendations as well as the so-called Vienna Declaration on ‘Preventing Security Measures from Eclipsing Human Rights: Human Rights Are the Core of the Answer rather than an Obstacle to Addressing Terrorism’ – and handed over the the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office.

Venue: Le Meridien, Robert-Stolz-Platz 1, 1010 Vienna 

Time: The Opening Session (Tuesday, December 5th 2017, 10 am – 10:30am) and Closing Session (Wednesday, December 6th, approx. 4:30pm – 5.30pm) will be additonally open to the media and delegations. 

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Agenda:

Monday, 4 December 2017

14:00 – 18:00           Meeting opportunites for CSP Working Groups

Location: Various meeting places throughout Vienna to be organized by coordinators of CSP Working Groups

19.00 – 20.30           Public presentation and panel discussion on the CSP Vienna Declaration on 'Preventing Security Measures from Eclipsing Human Rights: Human Rights Are the Core of the Answer rather than an Obstacle to Addressing Terrorism’

This event is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and will be followed by a reception.

Location: Presseclub Concordia, Bankgasse 8, 1010 Vienna

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

09.00 – 10.00           Registration & welcome coffee

10.00 – 10.45           Conference Opening Open to OSCE delegates and the media

10.45 – 12.30           Session 1: Preventing Security Measures from Eclipsing Human Rights: Human Rights Are the Core of the Answer rather than an Obstacle to Addressing Terrorism’ 

12:30 – 14:00           Lunch

14:00 – 15:30           Session 2: Evaluation on the implementation of the OSCE Human Dimension Commitments in Austria

15:30 – 16:00           Coffee break

As of 16:00               Session 3: On-Site Visits of Austrian NGOs (in groups of 20-25 persons)

16:30 – 18.00           Group 1: Brunnenpassage – ArtSocialSpace 

                                   Group 2: HEMAYAT – Betreuungszentrum für Folter- und Kriegsüberlebede 

                                   Group 3: ZARA – Zivilcourage und Anti-Rassismus-Arbeit

17:00 – 18:30           Group 4: Human Rights Bureau of the City of Vienna

16:30 – 18.00           Group 5: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights (BIM)

19:30 – 23:30           Social Gathering at Badeschiff Wien 

Location: Donaukanal, 1010 Vienna

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

08.30 – 09.00           Welcome coffee

09:00 – 10:30           Session 4: Ways of further developing the responses by various OSCE stakeholders to challenges posed by migration

10:30 – 12:30           Session 5: Human dimension crises situations in the OSCE region

12:30 – 14:00           Lunch

14:00 – 15:30           Session 6: Enhancing the impact of civil society in the Donbas Conflict

15:30 – 16:00           Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30           Conference Closing & Press Conference (Open to OSCE delegates and the media)

Full agenda can be downloaded here:  osce_parallel_civil_society_conference_2017_simplified_agenda.pdf

Participant's guide, containing important logistics information, can be downloaded here: parallel_civil_society_conference_2017_participants_guide_website_version.pdf