Harlem Désir: “The fight for democracy can be won only if it goes hand-in-hand with a fight for social equality.”

Speaking at the closure of the World Forum for Democracy, France’s Minister of State for European Affairs, Harlem Désir, applauded the young people fighting for democracy in Burkina Faso, Turkey, Ukraine, Tunisia, Iran and Syria, without whom there would be no democracy.  He also paid homage to the young people throughout Europe who fight against uncertain living conditions and mass unemployment and to keep alive the hope of equality and dignity for all through democracy. “Bringing Europe...

The Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award goes to Turkish initiative “Generation Democracy”

Strasbourg, 05.11.2014 – The Council of Europe today, during the closing session of the World Forum for Democracy, awarded its Democracy Innovation Award to Generation Democracy. The prize is a reward for efforts to get citizens more involved in public life and the democratic process. The aim of Generation Democracy is to encourage education for democratic citizenship and human rights education in the Turkish education system. Pilot projects have been conducted in 22 schools spread across 10...
Political leaders, parliamentarians, elected representatives and young people considered this question at a round table discussion.

How can youth initiatives change the system?

Dmytro Bulatov: “Half of the MPs in Ukraine today are under 40 years of age.” “Ukraine is going through a period of change during which the initiatives of young people and civil society are gaining strength,” according to Ukrainian Minister for Youth and Sports, Dmytro Bulatov. The presence of greater numbers of young people in parliament, especially those who took part in the “revolution of dignity”, brings new prospects of better supervision of government plans, as well as of combating...
Key-note speaker Jeremy Rifkin calls for “digital bill of rights and responsibilities”

Secretary General Jagland opens Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today opened the 2014 World Forum for Democracy with an appeal to engage with young people in order to revive democracy and democratic participation. “Tangible change is in the air. Young people are already transforming many aspects of our daily lives – from the way we learn and communicate, to the way we do business. They are ready to change democracy too – but are we ready to change?” he asked. The Secretary General welcomed the partners...

Pascale Boistard: “Democracy is our most precious common good”

“Democracy is our most precious common good.  It needs to be constantly renewed so that its attraction is undiminished.  The Council of Europe must continue to lead the way in this sphere.  It must do so not only for the sake of Europe’s future, but also to support democratic aspirations expressed anywhere in the world”, according to France’s Secretary of State for Women’s Rights, Pascale Boistard, speaking at the opening of the 2014 World Forum for Democracy. “Democratic life means giving...

WFD 2014: Invitation to the light show in front of the Palais de l'Europe

3-4 November, 7 pm In front of the Palais de l'Europe
On the occasion of the opening of the 3rd World Forum for Democracy, participants and anyone interested are invited to discover the light show in front of the Palais de l'Europe created by l'Ososphère, AV-Exciters and the artist Antoine Schmitt: Monday 3 November at 7 pm in front of the Council of Europe. In interaction with spaces, perspectives and environment, a show including images and techniques of projection will reveal the Palais de l'Europe to the Forum participants and the public. By...

Invitation to OSCE Café “Democracy Rising”

3 November 2014 14:30
The OSCE Security Community team invites you to participate in an OSCE Café in conjunction with the Council of Europe’s World Forum for Democracy 2014 in Strasbourg. Meet OSCE officials from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. Learn about the OSCE’s promotion of the role of youth in democratization. Ask burning questions about the future of democracy, while enjoying a coffee on the house. Where? Palais de l’Europe, Strasbourg When? 3 November 2014 14:30 How? Please...

The Council of Europe gives young people a say in how to revitalise democracy

3-5 November 2014
From 3 to 5 November 2014, at a time when young people all over the world are rallying to make their voice heard and demand new means of direct democratic expression, the Council of Europe will be holding its World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, with the backing of the French Government, the Alsace Region and the City of Strasbourg. Some 1,200 participants – civil society activists, elected representatives, political leaders, and representatives of the media – from 80 countries are...