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World Forum for Democracy takes place at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg

November 14th, 2016
Chiara Ceccato, CD News

From 7th to 9th November, the Council of Europe in Strasbourg will be the designated location for the 5th edition of the World Forum for Democracy (WFD). The theme of this year’s event is ‘Democracy and Equality: does education matter?’, which will analyze the relationship between education and democracy and their influence on one another.

The event is bringing together political leaders, business representatives and citizens, especially young people between 16 and 30 years old, from the countries belonging to the European Cultural Convention in order to practice and discuss democracy.

The World Forum for Democracy is an annual initiative promoted by the Council of Europe, in collaboration with the European Parliament, the Alsace Champagne Ardenne Lorraine Region, the city of Strasbourg and French authorities. It was launched in 2012 with the purpose of creating productive debates about the development of democracy and promoting innovative ideas and practices.

The heterogeneous participation encourages the exploration of different approaches and viewpoints, entailing a multifaceted analysis and finding solutions to the challenges the democracy is currently facing.

The 5th edition aims to investigate the influence education can have on the development of democracy, as well as the effects democracy can have on education. This relationship is discussed as a tool for reducing the social divide that our society is characterized by nowadays, and as an asset for our diverse democracies. Moreover, the focus will also be on the issue of citizens’ engagement with society and their role as active members.

The forum consists of plenary sessions, followed by joint debates, summing ups and focused labs in which specific ideas can be further analyzed and discussed. The initiative of the Council of Europe is not on its own, but it supports the proposals of collateral events, named ‘satellite events’, which have been organized by universities, non-governmental institutions and other agents.

Furthermore, the forum is enriched by cultural performances, thanks to the participation of ensembles such as Zagorche, which shows Bulgarian folklore, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.


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