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 an 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, Global Development Editor at “The Guardian” with: 
Charlotte Alfred, Managing Editor Refugees Deeply
Tim Dixon, Co-Founder Purpose Europe

Experiences shared by:
Monsignor Melchor Sánchez de Toca y Alameda, Undersecretary Pontifical Council for Culture
Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan, Founder of Africa Development Initiative 

11.00 - 11.05 am. - Testimony from the Private Sector (TBC)

11.05 am. - Coffee Break 

11.40 - 11.45 am. - Testimony from the Private Sector  (TBC)

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 Lilian Thuram, FC Barcelona Ex-Football Player and President of Lilian Thuram Foundation Against Racism with:
Representative from UNICEF (TBC)
Maria Bobenrieth, Executive Director Women Win

Experiences shared by:
Brendan Tuohey, Co-Founder Peace Players
Representative from International Federation of Red Cross  (TBC)

12.30 - 12.35 pm. - Testimony from the Private Sector (TBC)

12.35 - 12.45pm. - Summary by David Eades, Journalist and Newsreader, BBC

12.45- 1 pm. - Closing session 

Closing speech by Jordi Cardoner, 1st Vice-President of FC Barcelona and FC Barcelona Foundation 

1 pm. - Buffet lunch

Master of Ceremony
Manel Fuentes, Journalist