THE ROLE OF POWER, POLITICS AND PARTICIPATION IN ERADICATING POVERTY IN EUROPE

SEMINAR BY THE EUROPEAN ANTI-POVERTY NETWORK

Date
: Monday 16.9.2019
Time: 09:00–12:30
Venue: Oodi Helsinki Central Library, Maijansali Hall, Töölönlahdenkatu 4, Helsinki

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We are living in a time which is seeing civil mobilization with the aim of tackling climate change – the Student Climate Strikes and Extinction Rebellion are strong examples. We also see a wide acceptance of the need for a just transition which protect people most likely to be affected by this transition. Our political leaders have signed up to some ambitious regional and global frameworks like the European Pillar of Social Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals – and our European Institutions are about to undergo great change.  With this in mind, this seminar will provide a space for reflection on the following questions: How can the wide network of anti-poverty organisations and activists best use its power to ensure that our ’new’ institutions, our new politicians recognize the need to reprogramme our systems which maintain over 100 million people at risk of poverty, and act accordingly with the clear aim of eradicating poverty?

09 00: WELCOME
Carlos Susias, President of EAPN
Minister of Social Affairs and Health / Finland (TBC)

09 15: KEYNOTE SPEECHES
Philipe Alston
, UN Special Envoy on Poverty and Human Rights – via videolink

How inequalities in political engagement make democracy vulnerable? Hanna Wass, Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki

10 15: COMMENTS

10 45: COFFEE BREAK

11 15: PANEL: WHAT SHOULD BE DONE? – What we take away from the discussions, what we can do at our levels? Chair: Leo Williams, EAPN Director

12 15: CLOSING REMARKS Vertti Kiukas, Secretary General, SOSTE Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health