Our understanding of democracy and effective democracy support is always evolving. Great learning opportunities are the many events on democracy and democracy support in Brussels and beyond. As we wouldn’t want to miss any of these events ourselves, we share them with you so you can also learn more and participate in debates on democracy and democracy support.
The New York Time & Athens Democracy Forum
16-18 September, The Zappeion Exhibition Hall, Athens, Greece, 10557
With emerging democracies backsliding into authoritarianism and others falling prey to populism, there has never been a more urgent need to assess the evolving state of democracy and its impact now, amidst rapid global change. This September, The New York Times will bring together its senior journalists with international business leaders, policymakers, and a broad variety of experts to debate and discuss the current state of democracy with a focus on new solutions.
17 September, 09.30 – 19.00, Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels, Belgium.
Civic technology is democratic innovation at its best, as it aims to serve, by means of widely available software, the interests of the many, not the few. Come and meet digital activists whose dynamism and creativity have had a positive impact on democracy. Join our debates on the role of social networks in electoral processes. Discover the technologies that encourage participation and evaluate with us the positive impact they can have on citizens.
EED, ENoP, EPD and the Office of International IDEA
18 September, 10.00 – 17.00, European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli Building (Room 5G3), Brussels.
This year, International Day of Democracy will focus on EU leadership for democracy, its internal and external dimensions, as well as the challenges facing democracies today. The morning sessions will be followed by workshops that among other topics cover leadership in relation to technological innovation and its impact on democracy, advancing democracy through female leadership, and engagement for democracy.
European Agency for Fundamental Rights
25-27 September, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Schwarzenbergplatz 11, 1040 Vienna, Austria
The 2018 Forum will focus on strengthening the ties that bind everyone in the EU to the societies they live in. Building on the basic need for people to feel safe, secure and belong to a wider community, the Forum will explore the theme ‘Belonging’.
Democracy International and partners
26-29 September 2018, Capitol, Rome, Italy
2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Global Forum process in Aarau, Switzerland. In that decade, the Global Forum has established the online Democracy Navigator – permitting the sharing and comparing of participatory democracy, in rules and practices.
Council of Europe; Grand Est; Republique Francaise; Strasbourg.eu
19 – 21 November, Strasbourg
The World Forum for Democracy 2018 will be dedicated to gender equality and women’s rights with a particular focus on women’s public, political and economic participation and on combating violence against women in the wake of #MeToo.
United Nations Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law
22 – 23 November,Palais des Nations, Room XVII, Geneva, Switzerland
In resolution 28/14, adopted on 26 March 2015, the Human Rights Council decided to establish a forum on human rights, democracy and rule of law. The purpose of the Forum is “to provide a platform for promoting dialogue and cooperation on issues pertaining to the relationship between these areas” and to “identify and analyze best practices, challenges and opportunities for States in their efforts to secure respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law”.