12 Months, 1 Question: January 2021

The urgency of the climate crisis is testing the limits of traditional representative democracy and its ability to steer deep social change. All over the world, new forms of deliberative democracy are emerging which give people an opportunity to participate in finding new solutions and a sense of hope in our capacity to tackle these urgent environmental problems.

In the month of January, we will explore different experiences of deliberative democracy. We will consider their advantages in comparison with traditional representative democracy to fight against climate change. We will also look at the limits of these broad and participatory mechanisms for deliberation and for decision-making. There are many questions to debate during the course of this month, among them will be: can representative democracy deliver on climate? how to ensure that deliberative democracy is truly representative? Can representative democratic institutions become more participatory? Can deliberative democracy mechanisms work on the global scale of the climate crisis? And so much more…..

 Teaser of January 2021

Selected initiative

The World Forum for Democracy called for expression of interests in presenting innovative initiatives aiming at solving environmental problems and enhancing democracy. In this section you will find the presentation of one of the selected initiatives the “European Network of Political Foundations”. If you want to discover other similar projects do not hesitate to follow our “Forum Lab” (date to be confirmed).

 Cartoon of the Month

by Cartooning for Peace - Riber (Sweden) - January 2021

 January's Forum Lab

25 january 2021 - 5.00-6.30 pm (cet)

Is representative democracy delivering on climate? Are there any alternatives that have proved proven to tackle better environmental challenges? The Forum Lab will explore from a critical perspective which are the initiatives that using deliberative democracy are addressing climate issues. These initiatives will also analyse the advantages and disadvantages of the different scales (local, national and regional) and even actors (private, public or international) when it comes to deliberative democracy.


more Council of europe resources on Deliberative democracy for climate more Council of europe resources on Deliberative democracy for climate

Other meetings

Report under preparation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe:

  • More participatory democracy to tackle climate change (Doc. 15048), Rapporteur: Mr Papandreou (SOC, Greece) - Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy

 January's Forum talk

Counting on citizens’ voices, not just counting votes

19 January 2021 - 2.30-4.00 PM

Talk introduced several experiences with Citizens Assemblies at a national level and considered more generally what their main advantages are in the decision-making process and why they can play a crucial role with facing both the climate crisis and the crisis of trust in democratic institutions.