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22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?

Breakout / Democracy & Governance
in englischer Sprache

Solidarity and cohesion are essential for overcoming major challenges. The current situation shows that a shared, sustainable foundation is key for peaceful cohabitation throughout society. How do we value democracy, the rule of law and equal rights? What might they contribute to the world of today and tomorrow?

Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna Welcome
Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna
Director, FRA - European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna
Project Member, Austrian Center for Digital Humanities, ÖAW - Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
Host, Vienna Chair

Sebastian KURZ

Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna

2008-2011 Provincial Chairman of the Young ÖVP - Austrian People's Party, Vienna
since 2009 Federal Chairman of the Young ÖVP
2010-2011 Member of the Vienna Provincial Diet and Vienna City Council, ÖVP, Vienna
2011-2013 State Secretary for Integration, Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
2013-2017 Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna
since 2017 Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna


Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna

 On 18 December 2017, Dr Karin Kneissl was appointed Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria. Karin Kneissl was born in 1965 in Vienna. She studied law and Arab studies at the University of Vienna. She also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Amman, the University of Urbino and was a Fulbright scholar at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Karin Kneissl is also a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris. From 1990 to 1998 Karin Kneissl held a number of posts in the Austrian diplomatic service, including in the cabinet of then foreign minister Dr Alois Mock, in the Office of International Law and at the Austrian embassies in Paris and Madrid. Since 1998 Karin Kneissl has worked as an independent lecturer in the areas of international law, Middle Eastern history and the energy market at various universities, including the University of Vienna; the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna; the European Business School in the Rheingau, Germany; the International Centre for Human Sciences in Byblos, Lebanon; Saint-Joseph University in Beirut; as well as at the Austrian Armed Forces National Defence Academy, Vienna and Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt, Lower Austria. Karin Kneissl has also worked since 1998 as an independent commentator and correspondent for numerous German and English-speaking print media, as well as for the Austrian state broadcaster ORF. She has authored a large number of books and publications. Karin Kneissl is co-founder and vice president of Whistleblowing Austria as well as vice president of the Society for Politico-Strategic Studies, STRATEG. She has worked in local politics in her home community of Seibersdorf and plays an active role in numerous non-profit organisations in Austria and Lebanon. Karin Kneissl speaks various foreign languages: Arabic, English, French, Hebrew (basic), Italian, Hungarian (basic) and Spanish.


Director, FRA - European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna

1995-1996 Secretary, Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, UN Centre for Human Rights, Geneva
1996-1997 Expert Advisor, Human Rights under the Dayton Peace Accords, UN, Sarajevo
1997-1998 Independent Consultant, Human Rights
1998-2000 Chief, UN human rights programme in Sierra Leone, Freetown
2000-2002 Coordinator, Programmes in the Asia-Pacific region, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva
2002-2003 Senior Research Officer (Child Rights), UNICEF Innocent Research Centre, Florence
2003-2013 Professor of Applied Human Rights and Co-director,Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham
2004-2012 Member (latterly Vice-chair), United Nations Human Rights Committee, Geneva
2011-2013 Chief Commissioner, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Belfast
2013-2015 Established Professor of Human Rights Law and Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway
since 2015 Director, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna

Ismail YASIN

Project Member, Austrian Center for Digital Humanities, ÖAW - Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

1993-1998 Co-Director, Syrian institute for languages sciences, Damascus
1998-2012 Chairman and Co-Director, Al Zaharaa Institute, Damascus
2000-2013 Lecturer, Damascus University and Islamic Studies Center, Damascus
2013-2014 Lecturer, High Schools and Amman University, Jordan
2014-2015 Calligrapher and Researcher, Karlstat National Museum Warmland
since 2015 Project Member, Austrian Center for Digital Humanities, ÖAW - Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

Stephanie COX

Host, Vienna

2010 Startup Live Vienna, Klagenfurt, Graz & Innsbruck
2011-2013 IncrediblEurope Summit, Vienna
since 2011 Pioneers Festival Investors Day & Master Class, Vienna
2012 Pitch Your Passion, Vienna
Children's University Krems
2013 Entrepreneurship Summit Vienna Ashoka Session, Vienna
since 2013 projectXchange, Red Cross, Vienna
TEDx Events, Vienna

Political Symposium

show timetable


13:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
15:00 - 19:00Resilience: A “Situation Room” ExperimentPartner
17:00 - 18:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
18:30 - 19:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner


06:00 - 07:00Editors’ BreakfastPlenary
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté – Égalité – Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
10:00 - 11:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
10:30 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet’s Global FutureBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the “New” Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 17: The EU’s Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00ReceptionSocial
16:00 - 17:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
18:00 - 19:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
06:30 - 07:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
07:30 - 08:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
08:30 - 10:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary