The Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights were, in cooperation with Joel Bell and the Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership, holding a ‘Human Rights Expert Workshop in preparation of the Vienna Congress 2015’.
A dozen human rights experts met in Vienna at the start of September to discuss solutions to the greatest human rights challenges of our time, to be presented at the Vienna Congress 2015 itself.
Host Professor Manfred Nowak was calling for a rapid and fundamental change in the economic order of the world and for a drastic reduction in wealth and income inequality: "Human rights are based on the philosophy of freedom, equality and dignity and can only be fully realised in a social welfare state based on the rule of law and social justice”.
Those invited were both Austrian and international human rights experts from varied disciplinary backgrounds, and include, among others, Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng, who contributed her perspective as Judge at the International Criminal Court, Margaret Sekaggya, with her experience as UN Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights defenders and Morton Kjaerum, who participated as the Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Sweden.
On behalf of the BIM, Senior Researcher Karin Lukas participated in the high-level discussions and presented her position paper on global challenges (economic crises, climate change etc.).
The Vienna Congress 2015 itself will see the participation of some 40 non-governmental leading global thinkers, former government and international institution practitioners, experienced businessmen and representatives of civil society in October, 200 years after the original 1814/15 Vienna Congress.