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Today there are an unprecedented 65 million people in the world who have fled homes due to conflict and war. More than half the world’s refugees are now children. The FCB Foundation and UNHCR are embarking on a partnership aimed at transforming the lives of young refugees and increasing awareness of refugee issues, starting with the High Level Forum “The transformative power of sport: Champions #WithRefugees”.
8.30 – 9.30 am. - Registration at FCB Auditorium 1899
9.30 am. - Opening Session
Welcome speech by Josep Maria Bartomeu, President of FC Barcelona and FC Barcelona Foundation
Keynote speech by Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Personal Testimony by Paulo Lokoro, athlete from the Refugees Olympic Team
10.15 am. - 1st Panel Session: “Changing the narrative”: How sport can help to promote a positive narrative on asylum seekers and refugees
Introduced by Lucy Lamble, The Guardian global development editor with: Charlotte Alfred, Managing Editor Refugees Deeply Antonio Zappulla, Chief Operating Officer Thomson Reuters Foundation Lilian Thuram, FC Barcelona Ex-Football Player and President of Lilian Thuram Foundation Against Racism
Experiences shared by: Elektra Kotsoni, Editorial Director at VICE EMEA Monsignor Melchor Sánchez de Toca y Alameda, Undersecretary Pontifical Council for Culture
11.00 - 11.05 am. - Testimony from the Private Sector Andrea Valcalda, Head of Sustainability ENEL
11.05 am. - Coffee Break
11.40 - 11.45 am. - Testimony from the Private Sector
Ariadna Bardolet, Director of International Programmes Department at La Caixa
11. 45 am. - 2nd Panel Session: “Becoming a game-changer”: How sport can be a tool for social inclusion and empowerment regardless nationality, gender, physical and mental abilities and faith
Introduced by and chaired by Yasir Khan, Senior Producer Al Jazeera English Online Department with: Sikander Khan, Director of Emergency Programmes UNICEF Maria Bobenrieth, Executive Director Women Win Brendan Tuohey, Co-Founder Peace Players
Experiences shared by: Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan, Founder of Africa Development Initiative Ruben Romero, Disaster Manager Coordinator at International Federation of Red Cross
12.30 - 12.35 pm. - Testimony from the Private Sector (TBC)
12.35- 1 pm. - Closing session
Wrap up by David Eades, Journalist and Newsreader, BBC
Closing speech by Jordi Cardoner, 1st Vice-President of FC Barcelona and FC Barcelona Foundation