The Estoril Conferences are a global meeting that takes place every other year in Cascais under one universal theme: Global Challenges, Local Answers. The event is under the high patronage of the President of Portugal and it attracts around 800 participants, one third of which are young people aged between 16 and 25.
Underlying globalization are 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”, starting from the premise that the problems are global and require both global and local solutions. Thus, the relationship between global and local is a common to all our editions.
In our four editions, we have hosted several world-renowned speakers from private and public spheres, from all over the globe, including nine Nobel Prize winners, 26 heads or former heads of State and 74 academics amidst our more than two-hundred speakers.
For the fifth edition, taking place next May, we will, for the first time, organize our sessions around one main subject: the challenge of Global Migration. We understand that Migration currently poses the biggest challenges and threats to the Western model of democracy and it is at the discursive core of contentious debates in several of the most prominent liberal democracies. 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.