The Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award goes to the Swedish initiative More than One Story – a card game to promote integration and inclusion
20/11/2015 StrasbourgToday, 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 Swedish initiative More Than One Story. More Than One Story is a powerful card game building bridges between people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures. It has proved to be a valuable tool for teachers, social workers, religious leaders, event co-ordinators and youth leaders. Wherever fears and prejudices keep people who seem different...
19/11/20115 Strasbourg“Islam, like all religions, is a religion of peace and harmony”, said Tawakkol Karman in her address to the World Forum for Democracy in which she expressed, on behalf of all Muslims and Arab youth, her sadness and anger following the attacks in Paris. The 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate said that these crimes did not represent Islam, that they were solely the acts of those who perpetrated them and those who had financed them in the shadows. “Those who engage in terrorism have no nation and no...
Leen Verbeek: “We need balanced responses and inclusive policies to face the challenge of extremism”
Michaëlle Jean: in the debate on the balance between freedom and security, the general interest must take precedence over individual interests
18/11/2015 Strasbourg“This year and last, we have seen a whole series of horrifying attacks, motivated by hatred, a vehement rejection of difference and an irrational fanaticism leading the perpetrators to strike at anything exemplifying the diversity of cultures”, said the Secretary General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, addressing the World Forum for Democracy. “We are not faced with a clash or war of civilisations, but rather a fight between two opposing visions of society on a...
18/11/2015 Strasbourg“The terrorists want to intimidate and divide us. We must do the opposite: combat them and join forces. Destroy them and unite. Refuse sweeping generalisations. Respond with the power of democracy and the rule of law”, said Harlem Désir, French Secretary of State for European Affairs at the opening of the World Forum for Democracy. “This is why the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights are so important for us. What we are fighting for is to preserve what has been...
“Freedom vs. control: For a democratic response”
06/11/2015 Strasbourg, FranceHow to maintain a balance between security and freedom in a democratic society under threat? Can democracies resist the escalation of fear and formulate responses based on civic responsibility and active citizenship? Can they deal with security risks without jeopardising individual rights and freedoms? These will be core questions at the next World Forum for Democracy organised by the Council of Europe from 18 to 20 November 2015 in Strasbourg with the support of the French Government, the...
06/10/2015The Twitter challenge "Tweet for a democratic response" is back! On 12-25 October the two most ambitious Twitter followers of the Forum (@WFDemocracy) can win a ticket to the Forum (including travel, accommodation and participation in all Forum events)! All you have to do is to address personalities (politicians, activists, journalists etc.) on Twitter with creative, critical, thought-provoking, or informative comments and questions related to the Forum’s subject. How can we avoid sacrificing...
02/10/2015Thomas Drake, Bill Binney and Kirk Wiebe, three former National Security Agency officers who have blown the whistle on intelligence failures and widespread violations of the rights of citizens through secret mass surveillance programs, will speak at the World Forum for Democracy 2015. The three whistleblowers are at the forefront of the movement against mass surveillance and for the protection of citizens’ data.
28/09/2015Online registration for the World Forum for Democracy 2015 is open! Participation in the Forum is free of charge and open to the public.
26 August 2015 StrasbourgYoung people, aged 16-30, from all over the world are invited to apply until 30 August to participate in the #CoE_WFD 2015! 75 young participants will be selected by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe in order to ensure a strong youth participation during the Forum.
29 April 2015 StrasbourgTweet for a democratic response! On 1-15 May the two most ambitious Twitter followers of the Forum can win a ticket to the Forum (including travel, accommodation and participation in all Forum events)! All you have to do is to address personalities (politicians, activists, journalists etc.) on Twitter with creative, critical, thought-provoking, or informative comments and questions related to the Forum’s subject. How can we avoid sacrificing freedom in the pursuit of security...
Apply until 15 May to present your initiative or idea in a lab at the World Forum for Democracy 2015
2 April 2015 StrasbourgOrganisations and individuals worldwide are invited to apply until 15 May to present their initiative or idea in a lab at the World Forum for Democracy
Ensuring security and bringing surveillance under control
Liberating society from fear and nurturing the desire for freedom
Freedom of information in the “age of terror”
Protection of journalists and freedom of information
Framing freedom of expression? Between media regulation and the protection of personal data
Civic Action for Media Freedom
Who is controlling the internet? Toward a transnational model of democratic accountability