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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.

Mind the gap: Illiberal democracy and the crisis of representation


2-4 November, Multiple Locations, Austria, Vienna

This year, panels will discuss the rise of the populist right as a result of a failure of institutional politics and the role of the media in the dynamics of polarisation.

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S&D Group Africa Week 2018

Socialists & Democrats Group (S&D)

5 – 9 November, Multiple Locations in Brussels

A more mature and contemporary Africa-EU relations can help address the global challenges faced. Challenges in investigative journalism, the future of national development banks, increasing democratic participation, the power of youth, and more will be discussed in that week.

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World Forum for Democracy 2018

Council of Europe; Grand Est; Republique Francaise;

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.

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Parliaments as promoters of human rights, democracy and the rule of law

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”.

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