Day I - May 18th 2017


14:00 – 17:00     Registration and check in Hotel Park Inn Reykjanes (Keflavik)



17:00 – 19:30  Opening Session;

Duus Museum, Duusgata 2, Reykjanesbær


Welcome address –

            Bogi Ágústsson President of The Nordic Association Iceland

            Kjartan Már Kjartansson Mayor of Reykjanes Town

            Guðmundur Árni Stefánsson Ambassador MFA


Presentation of the BS NGO; Network Cooperation for 15 years

             Jens William Grav, member of CC BS NGO Network, chairmen of the Danish platform


Presentation of BS NGO Forum 2018

            Hans Olsson CO CBSS from Sweden


Inspiration lectures from Guests of Honor:

            Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir, Speaker of Althingi         

            Bernd Hemingway, Deputy Director CBSS

            Elisabeth Bauer, Konrad –Adenauer Stiftung

            Þorsteinn Víglundsson, Minister of Social Affairs,




            Invitation from Reykjanesbær




Day II - May 19th 2017


08:30 – 11:30


Welcome and opening of the XV BS NGO Forum


A watershed in the history of democracy and gender equality of Iceland

A tribute to President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir.

            Jóhanna Vigdís Hjaltadóttir, Reporter and Anchor of RUV-Icelandic National Broadcasting


Introduction to the XV BS NGO Forum idea and program:

            Ásdís Eva Hannesdóttir member of CC BS NGO Network /Forum coordinator


Session 1: DEMOCRACY


Moderator – Bogi Ágústsson


Introduction to Democracy:


With the oldest parliament in the world, Iceland has a strong democratic tradition. In these challenging times, there is a great need to form a dialogue on the importance of upholding democratic values.


            Ólafur Harðarson Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland 


Shorter speeches:

Populism in politics and globalization; threats to democracy

         Eiríkur Bergmann Professor of Politics at Bifrost University in Iceland


The importance of NGOs for Democracy

         Ketill Berg Magnússon President of Almannaheill, Umbrella Organization for NGO in Iceland


Role of The Free Press in Democracy

         Þórunn Elísabet Bogadóttir Assistant Chief-editor of the web newspaper Kjarninn


Panel: Ólafur Harðarson, Eiríkur Bergmann, Ketill Berg Magnússon, Þórunn Elísabet Bogadóttir, Krister Hanne, xxxxxx

Q & A

Lunch 11:30 – 12:30


12:30 – 15:00

Session 2: EQUALITY


Moderator – Kristján Sveinsson


Introduction to Equality

EQUALITY – PARTICIPATION OF ALL – the only way to achieve human rights in the region.

Equal opportunity for all citizens, equal rights and the elimination of any kind of discrimination based on ethnicity, age, gender or other factors, is fundamental to the wellbeing of all our citizens

            Kristín Ástgeirsdóttir, Director of The Center for Gender Equality

Shorter speeches

Gender Equality and the empowerment of women

            Þórdís Lóa Þórhallsdóttir CEO of Gray Line Iceland and Chairman of FKA Association of Women Business Leaders in Iceland


UN Barbershop, how to change the way men and boys think and engage in discussion about gender equality and the role they can play in achieving gender equality.

            María Mjöll Jónsdóttir, United Nations Director MFA


Equal opportunity based on etnicity

            Akeem Cujoe Oppong, Director Ísland Panorama Center


The Queer community in Iceland, equal rights to all

            María Helga Guðmundsdóttir President of the Queer Community


Panel: Kristín, Þórdís Lóa, María Mjöll, Akeem, María Helga, xxx

Q & A


15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break 


15:30 – 18:00

Session 3:  CHILDREN and YOUTH


Moderator: TBA


Introduction to Children and Youth


Children hold the key to our future. The rights of the child and their wellbeing are the core pillars in this session. 


            Heiða Björg Pálmadóttir, lawyer at Government Agency for Child Protection


Shorter speeches:  


 Unaccompanied children and asylum seeking children

            Áshildur Linnet, Red Cross Iceland


      The rights of asylum seeking & migrant children in the European “migrant crisis”

            Taina Martiskainen, Central Union for Child Welfare, Finland


Young people and their participation in Democracy, Shadow election in Icelandic Collages

            Tinna Icebarn, Director of the Icelandic Youth Council



Passing the BS NGO Presidency

Ásdís Eva Hannesdóttir, Iceland

Bo Anderson, Sweden


Bogi Ágústsson

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