7 November 2016 - 10.00-11.30 / Council of Europe Hemicycle

Interpretation: FR/EN/RU/ES/AR


Official opening


Musical Performance by Soweto Gospel Choir


Welcome words by the World Forum for Democracy organisers

Opening of the 2016 World Forum for Democracy
Hemicycle of the Council of Europe 7 November 2016 - 10.00-12.30
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Welcome words Welcome words
CASSARO Alexandre

Alexandre CASSARO

Regional councillor of the Region Grand Est


JAGLAND Thorbjørn

Thorbjørn JAGLAND

Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Thorbjørn Jagland is the 13th Secretary General of the Council of Europe. Mr. Jagland was elected in September 2009.  In June 2014, he was re-elected, and his second term in office commenced on October 1, 2014. The former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Norway, Thorbjørn Jagland, was also the President of the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) and the leader of the Norwegian Labour Party. He is a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

RIES Roland

Roland RIES

Mayor of Strasbourg


Keynote speakers Keynote speakers


Prime Minister of Norway, Co-chair, UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group, Co-Convenor, The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity


Erna Solberg is a Norwegian politician who has been Prime Minister of Norway since October 2013 and Leader of the Conservative Party since May 2004. Solberg has served as a member of the Storting since 1989 and was Minister of Local Government and Regional Development from 2001 to 2005. After the 2005 election, she chaired the Conservative Party parliamentary group until 2013.



Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research of France


Najat Vallaud-Belkacem was the first French woman to be appointed Minister of Education, Higher Education, and Research. Previously she was Minister of Women's Affairs, Minister of City Affairs, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, and Government spokesperson.

moderator moderator


News editor and presenter, Euronews TV


Daleen Hassan, a seasoned presenter - reporter joined Euronews Arabic service in 2010. Daleen worked as producer, reporter and news anchor for several Media and TV in Syria and Abu Dhabi. She covered several events in various parts of the world such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Lebanon, France and Syria. She was PR coordinator for the World Arab Institute in Paris, France. At Euronews, she covered international and MENA news as duty editor and reporter. She presented and produced "Business Middle East" a weekly business show that ran for two seasons in "English, Arabic 2014 /2015". Daleen was hosting high level politicians in MENA region in exclusive interviews such as Adel Al Juber, Saudi Foreign Minister, Suhail Al Mazroui UAE's oil Minister, Najib Mikati, former Lebanese Prime minister, Ali Zidan former Libyan Prime minister and former Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoyshar Zebari.

Themes and labs 2016 Themes and labs 2016