30 Sep at 09:00 – 1 Oct at 13:00

UNITED and our partners will be hosting a conference online on the impact of COVID-19 and the growing economical and societal crisis on youth and looking for solutions with representatives of municipalities and the NGO sector to overcome and learn together. Topics will include, minorities, women, refugees, mental health, hate crime, the role of NGOs, building alliances and intersectionality.

The 2 day webinar aims to look closer to the situation, collect good practices and formulate concrete recommendations for both the “cities” and the Civil Sector.

You can register your participation here: http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/conferences/upcoming-conference/expression-of-interest/

Preliminary program (changes might occur):

Day 1:

09:30 – 10:00

Welcome and introduction to the conference programme:
Rina Mariann Hansen – City council for work, integration and social services, Oslo Municipality

Rowena Buenaventura Teodocio – Leader of Unit for Diversity and Integration, Welfare Service Oslo Municipality

Balint Josa – UNITED for Intercultural Action

10:00 – 11:30

Panel: “Solidarity in action: responding to COVID-19 in Europe”:

Julie Ward (former MEP) – Responding to COVID-19: Political landscape in Europe
European Coalition of Cities Against Racism

Magda Matache (Harvard, Roma programme) – Roma rights during crisis time

Engaging Youth in Action (European Youth Forum)

Co-Moderators: Neringa Tumenaite (UNITED for Intercultural Action) & Balint Josa (UNITED for Intercultural Action)

11:30 – 12:45

Lunch break

13:00 – 14:00

Parallel workshops:
Break-out session A: “Surviving Covid-19: Refugees in Europe”:

Moderator: Anna Alboth – MRG
Break-out session B: “LGBTQI rights during COVID”

Moderator: Eirik Rise – Stopp Hatprat and Stephen Adom – Queer World Oslo
Break-out session C: “Covid19 and minorities in Europe”

Moderator: Pia Šlogar – YEN

14:00 – 14:15

Coffee Break

14:15 – 14:30

Presentation of workshop results

14:30 – 14:45

Keynote: Impact of COVID-19 on racialised communities:
Juliana Wahlgren (Senior Advocacy Officer, ENAR)

14:45 – 15:00

Coffee break

15:00 – 16:30

Parallel workshops:

Break-out session A: “Empowering Youth Volunteers to face the crisis in the Euro-Med”
Moderator: Youssef Aroog (Mediterranean Youth Foundation)

Break-out session B: “Engaging with and creating media for empowerment”
Moderator: Rune Berglund Steen (Antiracism Center)

Break-out session C: “Tools to influence the policy and decision making”
Moderator: European Youth Forum (TBC)

Day 2:

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome and short recap of the programme

09:15 – 10:00

Keynote interventions:
OSCE -Making sure that the response to COVID-19 is inclusive & the Organization Against Public Discrimination

Moderator: Tatjana Peric

10:00 – 10:30

Open forum
Co-Moderators: Balint Josa (UNITED)

10:30 – 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 – 12:00

Parallel Workshops:

Group A (Building civil partnerships)
Moderator: Paulína Jalakšová (International Preparatory Group)

Group B (Anti-racism and hate speech)
Moderator: Rune Berglund Steen (Antiracism Center & Queer World)

Group C (The role of media in combating racism)
Moderator: Mariam Tartousi (International Preparatory Group)


Giving it back to the pleanary
Moderators: Balint Josa (UNITED)

12:30 – 13:00

Closing speech:

Channeh Maram Joof (Oslo Municipality) and Balint Josa (Director, UNITED for Intercultural Action)