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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.

Democracy in Danger: Solutions for a Changing World

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.

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The EU’s Civic Tech 4 Democracy Showcase Event

EU Commission 

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.

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International Day of Democracy

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.

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Fundamental Rights Forum 2018 - Belonging

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’.

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Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy

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.

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World Forum for Democracy 2018

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.

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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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