The 2013 Lisbon Forum of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, chaired by Bernardino León, EU Special Representative for Southern Mediterranean, was held in Lisbon on 6 and 7 November 2013, on the topic “Valuing civil society as actor of governance: Perspectives for the South Mediterranean”.

The Director of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, attended the Forum and introduced a workshop on the topic of ‘Interactive dialogue with civil society: role of local and regional authorities’.

Organised in co-operation with the Anna Lindh Foundation, IDEA and the Aga Khan Development Network, the Forum was organised in the framework of the Joint EU/CoE Programme “Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood”.

At the end of its discussions, the Forum identified avenues to explore in order to address the challenges faced by the actors in governance. For each level of interaction with civil society, the Forum made a number of key conclusions and operational proposals, addressed to each player and to the international organisations, in order to achieve the objectives laid down.

Regard to local and regional authorities the Forum indicated ALDA as a benchmark framework for citizen participation at local level and dialogue between civil society and elected representatives, taking account of the “Code of good practice for civil participation in the decision-making process” drawn up by the Council of Europe’s Conference of INGOs, and approved by the Committee of Ministers

The 2013 Lisbon Forum of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, chaired by Bernardino León, EU Special Representative for Southern Mediterranean, was held in Lisbon on 6 and 7 November 2013, on the topic “Valuing civil society as actor of governance: Perspectives for the South Mediterranean”.

The Director of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, attended the Forum and introduced a workshop on the topic of ‘Interactive dialogue with civil society: role of local and regional authorities’.

Organised in co-operation with the Anna Lindh Foundation, IDEA and the Aga Khan Development Network, the Forum was organised in the framework of the Joint EU/CoE Programme “Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood”.

At the end of its discussions, the Forum identified avenues to explore in order to address the challenges faced by the actors in governance. For each level of interaction with civil society, the Forum made a number of key conclusions and operational proposals, addressed to each player and to the international organisations, in order to achieve the objectives laid down.

Regard to local and regional authorities the Forum indicated ALDA as a benchmark framework for citizen participation at local level and dialogue between civil society and elected representatives, taking account of the “Code of good practice for civil participation in the decision-making process” drawn up by the Council of Europe’s Conference of INGOs, and approved by the Committee of Ministers