At this time when democracy is being undermined by people’s lack of trust in politicians and elites in general, the World Forum for Democracy 2017, being held from 8 to 10 November, will focus on the role of political parties and the media in the context of rising populism.
One year after Donald Trump’s election, this forum will bring together intellectuals, politicians, activists, experts and young people from all over the world to debate the following themes:
- From a democracy of parties to a democracy of citizens?
- Media – friend or foe of democracy?
- Is Populism a problem? (with the participation of Nathalie Loiseau, the French Minister in charge of European Affairs and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the Chair of the Turkish Republican People’s Party).
Three panel discussions will also take place on the following topics: ‟From Fake to Fact: How to strengthen ties between research, policy and society to counter populism?”; “What responses to anti-migrant populist rhetoric and action?”; and “Gender equality and political empowerment of women”.
Thirteen "lab" sessions, which will address the challenges from different angles and present some measures which have already been implemented, will contribute to identifying a democratic response to the issues raised throughout the Forum.
The Forum is being organised by the Council of Europe, in partnership with the City of Strasbourg, the Région Grand Est and the French Government.