Our societies have been tested by unexpected global challenges in 2020, but all the while humanity’s greatest existential threat looms ever larger. Environmental damage and climate change have not gone away.

They are still poisoning our air, polluting our water, and killing animals and humans alike. Rising temperatures and sea levels are on course to render lands uninhabitable and force people from around the world to leave their homes and rebuild their lives. The time to act is now. Yet recent polling indicates the highest ever recorded levels of dissatisfaction and mistrust with democracy as a system of government.  Its response to a whole series of recent challenges – economic, pandemic, and indeed environmental – have disappointed millions of people. Many are questioning the capacity, competence and even legitimacy of democratic governance to address their greatest needs. The ambition of the 9th World Forum for Democracy is to propose and discuss differing answers to the question of what it really takes to get the job done when it comes to stopping and reversing the devastating damage done to our environment.

The World Forum for Democracy calls for expression of interests in presenting innovative initiatives aiming at solving environmental problems and enhancing democracy from all over the world.

Submissions should be made by answering the questionnaire in the appendix of the call for initiatives and sending it by 7 July 2020.

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