Two days of stimulating discussions, over 145 different sessions, 6 locations – that was the Fundamental Rights Forum 2021 in a nutshell. With over 3,000 people joining the Forum in Vienna and online, it was the biggest human rights event in Europe this year.
It brought together people from very diverse backgrounds – the thought leaders, decision makers, civil society, artists, businesses, young people, faith and non-confessional communities and many more.
They were all united by one ambition – to build a vision of hope.
And according to Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and Forum Chair, they delivered.
“The human rights community is a strong community, it is a large passionate, committed and determined group of people across the world and together we can make a difference,” said Mr. O’Flaherty in his closing speech.
The many discussions and exchanges during the Forum have made him believe that there is a reason to remain hopeful.
“I have a sense that my hope for a future built on respect for human rights is entirely justified,” he added.
In his closing remarks, Director O’Flaherty identified five main takeaways:
Building on these takeaways, we can chart a new way together towards a better protection of fundamental rights in Europe.
We will continue publishing information about the main outcomes from the Forum here.