Opening day of the European Humanist Forum

Over 500 people came to the opening session of EHF2018, with people overflowing into three extra rooms after having filled the auditorium at the UNED Faculty of Education Sciences.

The atmosphere was joyful in this latest gathering of the European Humanist Forum, the last one being in Milan in 2008.

On the 11th of May, the opening session of the 5th European Humanist Forum took place.  It was held in the UNED Faculty of Education Sciences in the presence of people and organisations from 40 countries, mostly Europeans, but also Asians, Africans and Americans. (more…)

Members of Parliament from four countries sign Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Pledge

On Saturday the 12th of May, parliamentarians from Spain, France, Chile and Argentina signed ICAN’s Parliamentary pledge in support of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.  ICAN won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to create the treaty. (more…)

Final Declaration – 5th European Humanist Forum 2018

Dear friends, we have met here in Madrid on the 11th, 12th and 13th of May 2018 in a time of extreme concern, both for the social situation in which violence increases and life becomes more difficult every day, and for the internal situation of human beings. The lack of meaning and lack of faith that it’s possible to change things leads to despair, intolerance, nihilism, inner violence and suicide in many cases.

But in front of this situation, in this Forum, we’ve been able to see that another reality is being built in parallel and is hidden in the “official” discourse. We’ve seen examples of this Universal Human Nation, that isn’t only in the future but rather is becoming a reality today and is something that we’ve been able to experience in these days. (more…)

Venue – Friday 11th May

The opening session will take place on Friday 11th of May from 5pm to 8:30pm in the auditorium of the UNED Faculty of Education.

Facultad de Educación – UNED
C/ Juan del Rosal, 14
28040 MADRID (more…)

EHF2018 to be livestreamed!

We are delighted to announce that the opening act of the European Humanist Forum 2018 will be livestreamed by our hosts at UNED, which means that all our friends all over Europe and around the world who couldn’t travel for the event will be able to watch live as the event unfolds, or later on when the recording is uploaded to our website.

To watch live the channel is:

The broadcast starts at 17:30 Central European Time on Friday 11th of May, 2018.

ICAN seeks parliamentary support in Spain as Trump breaks the Iran nuclear deal

ICAN representatives set to meet members of the Spanish Congress as President Trump pushes the doomsday clock closer to midnight.

“Today’s announcement by US President Donald Trump to de-certify the JCPOA (the Iran Deal) raises tensions even higher and threatens to push the doomsday clock even closer to midnight,” said ICAN regional coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, Carlos Umaña today from Spain which he is visiting for meetings with Spanish Congress members and to participate in the European Humanist Forum 2018. (more…)

Mayte Quintanilla: “Creating alternatives to today’s world is an act of freedom that unites us”

Mayte Quintanilla, an activist for a universal and unconditional basic income, is a long-time humanist who has been working for decades to transform the world around her in the political and social fields.

She will participate in the European Humanist Forum 2018 in the area of A New Economy for the Universal Human Nation and as a speaker at the opening session, but she is also one of the protagonists in the documentary film that will premiere at this event “UBI, our right to live“, directed by the filmmaker Álvaro Orus.

EHF2018: It is evident that the economic system we live in is leading us to disaster. When we talk about a new economy, what are we talking about? (more…)

Guillermo Sullings: “From our unity will come the strength to transform things and to transform ourselves

Guillermo Sullings, humanist economist, writer and conference speaker, will participate in different moments of the European Humanist Forum 2018, which will take place in Madrid from 11 to 13 May. His book “At the Crossroads of Humanity’s Future: the steps towards the Universal Human Nation” has been translated into different languages and is the inspiration behind the formation of the Network of Universal Human Nation Builders (UHN). In this book, Sullings makes an assessment of the current situation and makes a proposal for what should be done and how, in order to move us towards this new world.

EHF2018: Without a doubt, in order to talk about solutions we need to know the starting point. Could you give us a brief analysis of the current situation? (more…)

Tiberio Feliz: embracing plurality as an identity

Professor Tiberio Feliz Murias runs the Centre for the Care of Disabled University Students (UNIDIS) at the National University of Distance Education (UNED), in Madrid, Spain, and teaches at the Faculty of Educational Sciences. He is a natural born facilitator and, when you get to know him, you can understand why he runs this service that this Spanish public university has developed so effectively. He will participate as a speaker at the European Humanist Forum 2018.

What are the social repercussions of your UNIDIS project? (more…)

Alex Ross: We can tell a different story of human beings

The European Humanist Forum in Madrid is approaching, and we would like to introduce further speakers beforehand in an interview.

Alex Ross emigrated from the Swabian-Bavarian mountains to the Lüneburger Heide. After graduating from high school, she moved to Hamburg to learn a trade. Alex dedicates herself as an author to writing and as an artist of creative painting.

Alex, you volunteer for the online magazine Neue Debatte (new debate). How did this come about and why for Neue Debatte? (more…)