2017 EuroNGOs Conference

Brussels, 27–28 September

The 2017 EuroNGOs Conference "Re:Frame. Promoting SRHR in a time of growing populism"will take place in Brussels, Belgium, 27-28 September. This two-day gathering will challenge thinking and stimulate debate around the rise of populism, its impact on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights issues and how to respond to this changing context

CONFERENCE BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES

Rising support for populist movements, echoed through examples such as Brexit in the UK, rhetoric used in Hungary and Poland, the success of far-right parties from Germany to Greece, and Trump in the USA, is reshaping the politics of many Western societies. For the SRHR community this global political shift is particularly worrying as populism favours traditional over progressive values, national self-interest over international cooperation and development aid, and often also traditional sex roles for women and men over more fluid gender identities and roles. There is also the risk that this growth in populism will undermine the achievement of SDGs, influence decisions taken at UN level and impact future funding of several UN agencies.

In this time of unprecedented change, the 2017 conference will provide a high-level platform to highlight and explore how we can promote and protect SRHR in future years, within and beyond UN processes. This year’s conference will challenge thinking and stimulate debate around the rise of populism and the impact this has on SRHR, both domestically as in the context of global development. The objectives of the conference are twofold:

  • Provide a platform for the SRHR community to unravel political and financial implications and put in place new narratives in the current political landscape and rise of populism. Share and collect best practices, techniques and approaches to respond to this changing context - at the global, regional and grassroots level.  
  • Taking into account the shifting political landscape, come up with concrete strategies to use the global framework of the Sustainable Development Goals to mitigate this backlash and to put gender, human and sexual and reproductive rights firmly on the agenda of the implementation, follow-up and review of the SDGs.

More information on the background, rationale and objectives of the 2017 EuroNGOs conference can be found in the Conference concept note.

PROGRAMME

AN OUTLINE OF THE CONFERENCE PROGRAMME is now available! Please check here for further details.

* The EuroNGOs Conference Working Group is currently developing the Conference Programme. More information will be shared here in due course. *

The conference will be designed as a two-day dialogue, with parallel thematic tracks between which participants can navigate and choose according to interest and priorities.

  • RE POLITICISE: What is the political impact of the rise of populism on our democratic space and SRHR issues, domestically and internationally, also looking at the political effects of the Global Gag Rule in the ‘Global North’ and ‘South’? How do we re-politicise SRHR, within and beyond UN processes, and how can we re-frame our messages in this new political landscape? How to use She Decides and further push our European governments and institutions to counteract the actions of an ultra-conservative administration both in America and elsewhere? Sessions will focus on ways to address this in our messaging, tactics and strategies, and innovative alliances and techniques out there to do that.
  • RE GENERATE: What are the implications of this new political context on ODA and funding for SRHR, and what is the impact of the Global Gag Rule, in particular in the Global South? Where do we now take the She Decides initiative and how can we hold donors to account on their pledges? How do we mobilize donors further and also leverage resources nationally to fill the funding gap, and what can we learn from examples and best-practices in mobilizing and generating funding from different sources - including governments, the private sector and foundations, as well as campaigns with the general public?
  • RE CONNECT: How do we reconnect with the grassroots and our citizen base? What can we learn from the rising populistic movements, rhetoric and their voters, and the growing Euroscepticism? How do we strengthen the capacity of our SRHR community to publically mobilise around our issues, become more capable to move beyond facts to emotions, and put pressure on decision-makers?
  • RE VIEW: Taking into account the shifting political landscape, how we use Agenda 2030’ follow-up and review to mitigate this back-lash and highlight the importance of SRHR? What lessons can we learn from the National Voluntary Reviews and High Level Political Forum in terms of evidence and progress on SRHR under SDGs 3 and 5 , how these were reported on, and where do we go from here?
  • RE PRESENT: What we are doing as a community in promoting and implementing SRHR within the SDGs at implementation and programming level? In times of ‘alternative facts’, what evidence, good practices and data do we have from our work on the ground, in our own countries and from the global South, and how do we present this as part of the monitoring and reporting on the SDGs through the different channels?

The conference programme will be build-up of different types of sessions:

  • Context hubs: In these sessions the main emphasis is on deep analysis of the context and political debates, including external experts, aimed at sharing information and intelligence to feed into our strategies and plans.
  • Inspiration hubs: These sessions will focus on showcasing experiences, success stories and best practices from in and outside the sector.  
  • Creation hubs: The purpose of these sessions is to share and further develop ideas, and co-create concrete advocacy, campaigns or actions.

REGISTRATION

THE REGISTRATION IS OPEN

The conference is open to 180 EuroNGOs members and partners, activists, policy makers and like-minded stakeholders from across the world working on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Experts and leading thinkers from outside the SRHR community will be invited to provide additional stimulus and new perspectives.

These instructions are designed to help you through the registration process for the 2017 EuroNGOs Annual General Meeting and Conference. If you encounter any problems with your registration, please don’t hesitate to contact the EuroNGOs Secretariat.

HOW TO REGISTER?

Registrations will be processed on a first come first served basis, with no exception and places are limited to 180 participants.

Please register before 25 August 2017.

Financial Support

EuroNGOs provides financial assistance for those who may wish to participate in the conference but are restricted to do so due to their specific circumstances. The application process for financial support is now closed.   

Side Events and Creation Hubs

  • SIDE EVENTS are organised by conference participants and are linked to one of the five thematic tracks of the 2017 Conference (more information about the tracks can be found in this concept note). Side events are an opportunity to showcase your work, share lessons learned among peers, disseminate ideas and solutions within our community, and expand our network of contacts.
  • CREATION HUB SESSION are organised by conference participants and are linked to one of the five thematic tracks of the 2017 Conference (more information about the tracks can be found in this concept note). These sessions are intended to be participatory and provide an opportunity to share and further develop ideas, work in small groups around a certain topic are, and co-create concrete action plans. Therefore, these sessions are meant to lead to specific deliverables that are action-oriented.

The submission process is now closed. If you have any questions about the conference events, don't hesitate to contact us!

Youth Participation

It is impossible to discuss the topic of rising populism and its impact on SRHR without a meaningful youth engagement! We warmly encourage youth representatives to join the 2017 Conference in Brussels:

  •  Haven’t registered yet for the conference? Read the instructions and register now! For youth participants, we offer a reduced fee of 100 EUR. 

YOUTH PRE-MEETING

The youth pre-meeting will be held in the evening of the 26th of September at the EuroNGOs office (Rue Royale 55, 1000 Brussels), just before the 2017 EuroNGOs Conference’s opening session.  

Registration in advance is required as places are limited – more information will be shared soon. Feel free to drop a line if you have any question!

YOUTH VOICES

While developing the conference programme, we are making sure that young speakers will have a chance to raise their voice during plenary and breakout sessions. 

Venue and Logistics

The conference will take place in the heart of Brussels:

Les Ateliers des Tanneurs (Google Map)

Rue des Tanneurs 58 

1000 Bruxelles

  • EuroNGOs does not directly organise accommodation for participants. Since September is busy period in Brussels, we highly recommend you to book a hotel quickly.

The LOGISTICAL NOTE is available here