Technology, the environment and democracy
12 Months, 1 Question: August 2021
Environmental challenges are raising a range of questions about the intersections between climate change, the uses and application of innovative technology and the ability of democracies to respond to these emergencies.
Innovative climate technology can help implement countries' ecological transition- for example, through ensuring global transparency on GHG emissions and climate action, as well as developing AI technology to engage citizens and enhance democratic participation. Innovative technologies are also being used directly to tackle climate change.
However, technologies can also threaten and potentially undermine the foundations of democracy itself- by enabling misinformation, disrupting climate action and reducing the capacities of democracies to respond to urgent environmental challenges.
In August we will discuss the role and challenges of technology in the creation of a greener and more sustainable future.
Teaser of August 2021
Technology, the Global Environmental Challenge, and Democracy
WEDNESDAY, 11 AUGUST, 4.30-6.00 P.M. CEST
The Forum Talk on Wednesday, 11 August, 4.30 to 6 PM CEST will bring together CEOs, researchers and policy experts to analyse dimensions of the relationship between global environmental challenges, technology and democracy. This event is organised by the Council of Europe’s World Forum for Democracy in collaboration with the Global Governance Forum and Leiden University, Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, and will consist in presentations from the invited experts followed by interactive discussion and Q&A with participants.
- Compilation of good practices and lessons learned on international collaborative research, development and demonstration initiatives of climate technology - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (February 2021)