World Forum for Democracy 2017
Is Populism a Problem ?
Strasbourg, 8-10 November 2017
The 2017 World Forum for Democracy will focus on the role of political parties and media in the context of rising populism. A growing disconnect between citizens and political elites and dramatic changes in the media ecosystem are a challenge for democracy as we know it. New political and media actors and practices are emerging, offering opportunities for direct, unmediated engagement of the public, unbound by ethical or institutional safeguards. How can pluralism, freedom of expression, and fair and evidence-based public debate be safeguarded in these new conditions? How to nourish political culture which embraces a long-term perspective and resists the excesses of populism?
Falun, Sweden 15 September 2017
In the framework of its Democracy Week, the Swedish city of Falun is organising a Satellite event...
Salzburg, Austria 3-5 September 2017
The Council of Europe’s Director General of Democracy Snežana Samardžić-Marković presented the...
In the framework of the Participatory Democracy Incubator, the cities of Messina in Italy,...
The World Forum for Democracy is a unique platform for political decision-makers and activists to debate solutions to key challenges for democracies worldwide. By identifying and analysing experimental initiatives and practices, the Forum highlights and encourages democracy innovations at the grassroots and their transfer on a systemic level in order to strengthen the foundations of democratic societies. The Forum thus contributes to the evolution of democracy towards more participatory and inclusive structures and institutions.