8 November 2023 - 10.00-12.00 / Hemicycle of the European Parliament (access via the Palais de l’Europe)

Interpretation: FR/EN

World Forum for Democracy 2023: Plenary 4 and closing session

Full screen: ENFR / ORIGINAL

Hemicycle of the European Parliament 8 November 2023 - 10.00-13.15
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TAYLOR Alex 2023


European journalist

Alex Taylor is a European journalist. He has produced and presented TV and radio programmes for 30 years, mainly on French TV and radio (France Télévisions, France Inter), but also for international broadcasters (Euronews, TV5 Monde, ARTE, BBC). He was Programme Director for Radio France Internationale in charge of implementing the current 24 hours news format. Parallel to journalism, he has hosted some 1 500 international conferences on a wide variety of topics, especially environmental issues. He has also written a best seller on his passion, languages, of which he speaks (more or less) 7. He also once worked as a camel trainer in a circus.

GERLACH Annette 2023


Journalist and TV-Host, ARTE

Annette Gerlach from Berlin is a bilingual journalist and TV host for ARTE, the European cultural channel she joined when it was founded in 1992. She presents the daily news programme as well as prestigious live music events from La Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, the Paris Opera, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Salzburg Festival, and the Savonlinna Festival in Finland. She is also in charge of developing Educ'ARTE and ARTE Campus in Germany, ARTE's educational tools for schools and universities. Annette Gerlach is a regular speaker at conferences, round tables, symposia or award ceremonies for the Council of Europe or the European Parliament, among other institutions and associations. She also does coaching for television and stage presentations.

general rapporteur
ROMERO VIDAL Xavier 2023


Research Associate at the Centre for the Future of Democracy, Bennett Institute, University of Cambridge

Xavier Romero-Vidal is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University Carlos III Madrid. He worked as a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and pursued his doctoral studies as a fellow at Leuphana University Lüneburg, where he earned his PhD in Political Science. His primary research focus lies in comparative politics, exploring the evolution of public opinion and democratic attitudes.

Gender rapporteur


Gender Equality Rapporteur, Council of Europe, Baku

Before joining the Council of Europe in 2015, she was involved in lecturing and researching on human rights law and running the Legal Aid Clinic on protection of women’s rights at Azerbaijan University. She holds a PhD in Law and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University. She is a certified expert of the JRR-UN Women Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Justice Roster on Investigating cases of SGBV as international crimes.

Youth rapporteur

Narayan KHANAL

Youth Delegate


Narayan Khanal is currently studying Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Narayan is passionate about youth empowerment, building leadership opportunities in communities and tackling challenges such as barriers to youth empowerment, racism, and misrepresentation of diverse young people. In 2022, he represented Australia at the Y20 summit, an official engagement group of G20. He previously traveled to Geneva to attend the Global Summit of Refugees which brought together leaders from across the world to create policies relevant for refugees. He also attended the United Nations Human Rights Council whilst in Geneva. For his efforts, he was awarded Young Citizen of the Year for Wollongong and a finalist for the Australian Human Rights commission’s Young Human Rights Medal.


Conversation of generations Ms Lana GOGOBERIDZE, veteran of European democratisation movements, and a youth delegate discuss hopes for the future.



Film director


Lana Gogoberidze, born in 1928 in Tbilisi, Georgia, is a prolific director whose films primarily focus on the realistic, nonsentimental, portrayal of women's lives. Gogoberidze's films were selected and awarded at numerous film festivals (Cannes, Venice, Berlinale, Tokyo). From 1992 to 1995 she was elected to the Parliament of Georgia and has been the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe, as Georgia's Ambassador to France and Permanent Representative to UNESCO.



Youth delegate


My name is Isak and I’m from the southern Swedish city of Malmö! When I’m not in school I like to hang out with my friends and recently to enjoy my town's cafés. But most of my time is spent volunteering with different NGOs in Sweden and in the nordics. Some examples are Plan International Sweden, Sweden Student Councils, UNA Sweden and Voksenåsen center of culture. I’m really looking forward to WFD and if you want to speak about sustainability, youth engagement or regional cooperation feel free to say hi!