2020 World Forum for Democracy (Fully Funded)

2020 World Forum for Democracy

The 2020 World Forum for Democracy will debate the issues and generate new ideas for tackling the environmental crisis we face today. Plenary sessions will be an opportunity to discuss with speakers from all continents, including politicians, public and private officials, international organisations and civil society. Forum Talks will bring together relevant experts and academics that will share their experience and discuss how to improve the current situation.

Forum Labs will allow participants to learn about ground-breaking initiatives that offer responses to the key questions above based on an analysis of their real impact and replicability. The initiatives should help us understand how democracy and democratic institutions and practices can help accelerate the fight against climate change.

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The labs are the heart of the World Forum for Democracy. Their objective is to address specific issues through the critical analysis of tested initiatives. The initiatives will be presented in short speeches of ten minutes and critically assessed by multidisciplinary panels and participants in the labs. The key conclusions and lessons learnt from the labs will be discussed in a summing up session to prepare the overall conclusions of the Forum. The Forum participants will vote to choose the winner of the Democracy Innovation Award among the presented initiatives.

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

Invited initiatives addressing topics including, but not limited to:

  • Climate activism
  • Participatory practices for the environment
  • Defending the defenders of the environment
  • Local partnerships guiding behaviour change within communities
  • Deliberative democracy and public policy
  • Environmental entrepreneurship
  • Global environmental justice
  • Public-private partnerships for environmental protection
  • Inequality and intersectionality facing climate change
  • Digitalisation at the service of the environment
  • Innovations in youth activism, youth mobilisation for the environment
  • Environmental education, training and awareness-raising
  • Use of new technologies to combat climate change
  • Protecting biodiversity, ecosystems
  • Sustainable development
  • Green lobbying

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To Apply

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Submissions should be made by answering the form questionnaire and sending it to forum_democracy@coe.int by 30 June 2020.

Any public or private organisation is eligible to apply. One presenter for the selected initiatives will be invited to Strasbourg to take part in the World Forum. Travel and accommodation expenses may be covered by the Council of Europe if required.

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