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The Fundamental Rights Forum at 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On 25-27 September, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) organized the Fundamental Rights Forum, thus also marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event, whose first edition had taken place in 2016, pointed out the necessity to better connect the citizens and the communities of European Union Member States, while also highlighting the challenges faced at present by the Union area: security, the economic problems, the modification of the migration patterns, the false news, etc.
 The Forum was meant to be an opportunity for privileged dialogue in a field of high interest and quite topical, namely human rights and the challenges faced by their promotion and exercise, while also encouraging the creation of new opportunities for debates and awareness raising on the human rights ‘agenda’. These debates involved participants from several areas of interest for the field: politics, intergovernmental organisations, civil society, business, communicators, etc., for the offered perspective to be comprehensive and lead to multiple variants of cooperation between the actors directly or indirectly involved in the field.
 The purpose of the Forum was to create concrete and sustainable initiatives, the contributors being seen as ‘agents of the change’ with the perception of the promotion and protection of human rights. At the same time, the Forum enjoyed the presence of important personalities of the European Union and the Council of Europe.
 It is also worth mentioning that given Romania’s near presidency of the European Council, Romania was represented at governmental level at the Forum, the participants including Mr. George Ciamba, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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