Initiated in 2012, the World Forum for Democracy is a platform for dialogue and innovation in democratic governance, which promotes Council of Europe principles across the world. It is a unique platform for political decision-makers and activists to debate solutions to key challenges for democracies worldwide, giving people their rightful place in political decision-making By identifying and analysing experimental initiatives and practices, the Forum highlights and encourages grassroots democratic innovations that strengthen the foundations of democratic societies, thus contributing to the evolution of democracy towards more participatory and inclusive structures and institutions.

The World Forum for Democracy is organised by the Council of Europe in partnership with the French Government, the Region Grand Est, the European Collectivity of Alsace, and the City of Strasbourg. Participation is free of charge and open to the public.

The Conference of the INGOs (CINGO) has a representative on World Forum for Democracy steering group.