High Level Forum. The transformative power of sport.

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”. 

Full programme

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 

1 pm. - Buffet lunch

Master of Ceremony 
Ramon Pellicer, journalist