The 2017 World Forum for Democracy will focus on the role of political parties and media in the context of rising populism. A growing disconnect between citizens and political elites and dramatic changes in the media ecosystem are a challenge for democracy as we know it. New political and media actors and practices are emerging, offering opportunities for direct, unmediated engagement of the public, unbound by ethical or institutional safeguards. How can pluralism, freedom of expression, and fair and evidence-based public debate be safeguarded in these new conditions? How to nourish political culture which embraces a long-term perspective and resists the excesses of populism?
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40 YEARS OF DIALOGUE BETWEEN CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE: LOOKING BACK BUT MOVING FORWARD
Among the many varied debates organised during the week, some of the highlights were:
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Meeting from January 23rd to 27th, 2017 in Strasbourg, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe brought together some 300 INGO delegates, experts, parliamentarians and permanent representatives of Council of Europe member states who discussed several major issues of concern today :
Two new videos presenting the World Forum for Democracy 2016 highlights and its conclusions have just been released. Aimed at our participants and the wide audience, the videos describe the challenges faced this year at the Forum and show the scope of its activities through the best highlights.
The videos are available both in a short and long version: http://www.coe.int/en/web/world-forum-democracy/wfd-2016-highlights
We are also happy to inform you that we are currently working final report.
We hope you will enjoy this unique way of recalling the Forum.
Thank you again for your participation and we look forward to seeing you all next year.
World Forum for Democracy
Council of Europe
Internet : www.world-forum-democracy.org
Editorial, Michael Kuhn: Through the eyes of the poor
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Please find herewith the text in english of the video desplayed by our permanent delegation to the Council of Europe during the Plenary Assembly of Pax Romana in Barcelona on October the 30th 2016, session VI : "Looking to the future".