World Forum for Democracy

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The World Forum for Democracy will be held in Strasbourg (France) from 18-20 November 2015.  The theme of this year’s Forum is  Freedom vs control: For a democratic response”.
 
The Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy is an annual gathering of leaders, opinion-makers, civil society activists, representatives of business, academia, media and professional groups to debate key challenges for democracies worldwide. The insights gathered during the World Forum meetings inform the work of the Council of Europe and its numerous partners in the field of democracy and democratic governance.
Can democracies deal with security risks linked to the digital revolution without jeopardizing freedom and democratic stability? Can they resist the escalation of fear and formulate responses based on civic responsibility and active citizenship? What does democratic security mean today? How can a balance between security and freedom be maintained in a democratic society under threat? These questions will be in focus at the 2015 World Forum for Democracy.
For the first time, the Forum will not only showcase already existing initiatives, but also innovative, untested ideas to maintain and develop democracy’s basic principles in times of increasing security threats.
 
Interested organizations worldwide are invited to express their interest in presenting an example/initiative by answering the attached questionnaire and sending it to forum_democracy@coe.int  by 15 May 2015.
 
For further information about the World Forum for Democracy 2015, please read the concept paper here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0rll125LcGhNHhNczNMb0dLUndNOHhfQlpFZVBhWjR3NGFr/view?usp=sharing
or visit the following websites:
 
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