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“DEMOCRACY BETWEEN OLD MODELS AND NEW REALITIES”: THE FIRST WORLD FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY IN STRASBOURG (5 – 11 October 2012)



Organised by the Council of Europe, with the support of the French Government, the local authorities (City of Strasbourg, Department of Bas-Rhin and Alsace Region) as well as the European Parliament, will take place in Strasbourg from 5th to 11th of October 2012 the first World Forum for Democracy .
The Forum brings together reformers and global leaders to identify democratic responses to the ecomomic, social and political challenges which affect our societies today. ALDA will attend the Forum bringing its expertise on crossborder cooperation and peace building/conflict management.

Through partnership with international organisations, the Forum will bring together participants from all continents, all actors of democratic life: governmental representatives, elected representatives (national, regional and local), citizens, media, socio-economic leaders, academics, representatives of civil society.
The first session of the Forum will discuss the general theme of: "Bridging the gap" Democracy between old models and new realities.
This Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy will include the annual participants of the schools of political studies, national and European members of parliament, state officials, local representatives, civil servants and academics for a series of events and working sessions bringing together actors in public life from all continents.
The objective will be to share experiences and good practices in the field of democratic governance as well as to suggest new initiatives aimed at strengthening the democratisation process everywhere in the world and to consolidate democracies, even the oldest ones, towards the challenges they are faced with.
Participation of the worldwide civil society, the medias and socio-economic leaders to the work in the Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy will open the dialogue at the global level on the defence and promotion of the universal values of peace, democracy, human rights and the Rule of law.
Its main topics will be: “Universal values, global challenges, regional realities”, “Do markets need democracy and vice-versa?”, “What democracy after the Arab Spring?”, “Democracy: a universal value?”, “Virtual values? Democracy and new social networks”, “One size ¬ ts all? Democracy and globalisation”, “Can democracy be imposed?”, “Multiple identities and ‘living together’”, “Becoming a citizen: education and democratic culture”, “Towards a new democratic ethic?” and “Is representative democracy in crisis?”.
The Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy will be made up of various events, thematic conferences, meetings of experts, democracy in the 21st century” workshops, public debates, political film/documentary festival, youth Assembly session, exhibition “Cartooning for peace”.
On the sidelines of the Forum, a number of public events organised by the city of Strasbourg will be held in various city venues.
Registration  is free (travel and accommodation cost costs are at the participants' own expense) and compulsory.
For more information and the programme, please visit the Council of Europe's website dedicated to the Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy.



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