Zoom Webinar – Paddy Ashdown Conference
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
On 27 February it would have been Lord Paddy Ashdown’s 80th Birthday. In celebration of a life well lived, and the immense contribution he made to making the world a better place to be, The Paddy Ashdown Forum are pleased to present The Paddy Ashdown Conference.
The Conference is in two parts:
- The morning session will be led by people who knew Paddy, and discuss peace processes and the political future of the Balkan region
- The afternoon session is dedicated to younger people who ultimately will shape their future. Themes to be discussed will range from digitalisation, climate emergency and climate justice, involvement of young people in political future, and the attacks on liberalism in the Balkan region.
SESSION 1 – Lord Paddy Ashdown’s legacy in the Balkans.
10:30 Introduction by the Moderator
Robert Woodthorpe Browne MBE, Chair, The Paddy Ashdown Forum
10:40 Video – Lady Jane Ashdown
10:50 Video – Sir Ed Davey, Leader Lib Dems
11:00 Ian Patrick, Former Private Secretary to Lord Ashdown (UN High Commissioner)
11:10 Video – Joe Ingram, during his 30-year career with The World Bank, between 2000-2003 he directed the World Bank office in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), managing the Bank’s program in support of BIH’s reconstruction,
11:20 Video – Mr Adnan Terzic, former President of Council of Ministers of BiH
11:30 Keynote Address
Lord John Alderdice, Liberal Democrat Peer, Past President Liberal International
11:45 Hasib Salkić, President of Liberal Democratic Party of BiH
11:55 Professor Lamija Tanovic, former party leader of Liberal Democratic Party of BiH
12:05 Video – Dr. Haris Silajdžić, former member of Presidency of BiH
12:15 Video – Mrs. Bisera Turković, current Minister of Foreign Affairs, BiH
12:25 Baroness Sal Brinton, Vice President Lib Dems, Vice President ALDE
12:35 Matthew Field, Ambassador British Embassy, Sarajevo
12:45 Moderated Discussion
SESSION 2 – The Future of the Balkans belongs to its Youth
14:00 Introduction by the Moderator
Monica Zajkova, MP, Liberal Democratic Party, North Macedonia.
14:10 Joint session – How to counteract the pressures from Russia and China with involvement of the Balkan youth in shaping the political agenda
IIhan Kyuchyuk, member of the European Parliament from the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. Renew Europe Group.
Antoaneta Asenova, President, LYMEC
14:40 Danijal Hadžović, President of Liberal Forum of Bosnia
14:50 Tackling the Climate Emergency with Justice
Imad Ahmed, Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at UCL
15:00 European Liberal Values in the Balkans to serve all citizens equally
Adi Škaljić – Head of Research and Development, Boris Divković Foundation
15:10 Moderated Discussion
15:50 Moderator – Closing Remarks
16:00 End of session
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