The Estoril Conferences are a global meeting that takes place every other year under one universal theme: Global Challenges, Local Answers. The E.C. is under the high patronage of the President of Portugal and, on its last edition, attracted around four thousand participants, during the three days of the event. One-third of the participants were young people aged between 16 and 29.
Underlying globalization is political, economic, social and cultural changes occurring nowadays that promote and accelerate new international players, schisms, inter-connections and interdependences among peoples, countries and regions. In our fast-changing world, the growing interdependence among the different actors and regions poses both challenges and opportunities that require an increasingly profound analysis.
Through our innovating approach, the Estoril Conferences embody the operational concept of “problem-solving”. Based on the premise that the challenges are global, they require both global and local solutions. Thus, the relationship between global and local is common to all our editions.
In our five editions, we have hosted several world-renowned speakers from private and public spheres, from all over the globe, including more than a dozen Nobel Prize winners, more than 30 heads or former heads of State and about a hundred academics amidst our more than three-hundred speakers.
For the fifth edition, in May 2017, we organized our sessions around one main subject: the challenge of Global Migration.
We have always strived, in our programs, to give stage to the most pressing subjects in need of public scrutiny without being bound by any pre-imposed dogmas.
We want to promote the debate that leads to open societies without imposing any «political correctness» premise. We are aware that healthy societies embrace dissent and host different opinions on controversial topics, allowing enough space for democratic mechanisms to work and breathe.