Council of Europe World Forum for Democracy in France

World Forum for Democracy is inviting youth to submit initiatives to help offset climate change consequences. The forum will take place on 16-18 November 2020 in Strasbourg, France.  Travel and accommodation will be covered.

The World Forum for Democracy is a platform for global dialogue and democratic participation which brings new ideas into the work of the Council of Europe and promotes its principles across the world. A unique event of its kind, it deals with challenges facing democracy, taking innovative initiatives and practices as a starting point and fostering constructive debate to find solutions. A democratic exercise, the Forum aims at giving the people their rightful place in political decision-making.

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.

The World Forum for Democracy calls for expression of interests in presenting innovative initiatives aiming at solving environmental problems and enhancing democracy from all over the world. One presenter for the selected initiatives will be invited to Strasbourg to take part in the World Forum on 16-18 November 2020. Travel and accommodation expenses may be covered by the Council of Europe if required.

The deadline is 30 June 2020.


Main criteria

Any public or private organisation is eligible to apply. Initiatives should be 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
  • Inequality and intersectionality facing climate change

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