Member cities are hosting the Town Hall Pilot Project

September 2017

In the framework of the Participatory Democracy Incubator, the cities of Messina in Italy, Antwerp in Belgium and Neapoli-Sykes in Greece, have agreed to host the first town hall pilot events in September 2017. The town hall events will bring together key participation actors from the city...

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Call for youth participants

Deadline: 11 July at CET 13.00 (1p.m.)

Young people, aged 16-30, from all over the world are invited to apply until 11 July (at CET 13.00/1p.m.) to participate in the World Forum for Democracy 2017! 60 young participants will be selected by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe in order to ensure a strong youth participation...

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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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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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