Securitisation and the Impact on Human Rights and Democracy: Human Security in Time of Insecurity

22-26 May 2017 Bangkok, Thailand

This Satellite event of the World Forum for Democracy will gather academics, experts and students from different regions of the world with the aim of creating an international forum of discussion on securitisation and the impact on human rights and democracy. The event is hosted by the Mahidol...

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Participation of the World Forum for Democracy coordinator to an event on "Immigration and the rise of radical right populism"

11 May 2017 European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

The World Forum for Democracy coordinator travelled to Brussels to moderate an event on “Immigration and the rise of radical right populism” at the European Parliament on the 11th May. Populist political discourse often exploits fears of immigration. Many European countries have experienced a...

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Childrens’ Forum “Children, actors of Citizenship” on 12 May

12 May 2017 Strasbourg, France

The Directorate General of Democracy organised the second edition of the Childrens’ Forum “Children, actors of Citizenship” in co-operation with the Association Themis On 12 May, in the Hemicycle, 650 pupils aged 8-10 from 25 classes of the Haut-Rhin and 650 pupils aged 8-10 from 25 classes of...

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Populism - How strong are Europe’s checks and balances?

In his 4th annual report on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, invites Council of Europe member states to take a serious look in the mirror and take the lead in building trusted institutions and inclusive societies able to...

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World Forum for Democracy 2017: call for lab submissions

9 March 2017 Strasbourg, France

The labs are the heart of the World Forum for Democracy. Their idea is to address specific issues through the critical analysis of tested initiatives. The initiatives will be presented in short speeches of ten minutes and critically assessed by multidisciplinary panels and participants in the...

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World Forum for Democracy inspires Open Democracy’s special thematic week on Education and Democracy

28 February 2017

In the framework of its running partnership with the Council of Europe, Open Democracy launched its special thematic week on the World Forum for Democracy. The series of articles on education and democracy builds upon the conclusions of last year’s forum, including the respect for pluralism,...

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Satellite event: "Populism: threat to human rights or correction of democracy"

19 June 2017 - 18h30 Tübingen, Germany

In recent weeks and months we have witnessed the resurgence of a political discourse characterized by the undermining of human rights, democratic values and the rule of law. The complex situations in states have been complicated by global phenomena such as climate change, mass migration,...

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Satellite Event "Reasoning Together, Publicly: Beyond the Twin Threats of Elite Power and Populism"

7 December 2016 Lisbon, Portugal

Can our societies somehow break the grip that powerful elites have on government without slipping into dangerous forms of populism? How can we best tap into the widespread desire for political change in a way that keeps irreflected views in check? And which role should governments, universities...

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The Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award goes to German initiative in favour of higher education for refugees

9 November 2016 Strasbourg, France

Today, at the closing session of the World Forum for Democracy, the Council of Europe announced that the winner of its Democracy Innovation Award was the German initiative Kiron which gives refugees access to higher education worldwide. Kiron is a German social start-up founded in 2015 which...

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"Countdown to Lift Off: Launching toward Democracy in Education", by Donovan Livingston, Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina

Donovan Livingston is a Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A native of Fayetteville, NC, Donovan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Columbia University, Harvard University – where he recently earned a masters...

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