World Forum for Democracy, 5-11 October 2012 in Strasbourg
Strasbourg - In bringing together high-ranking political officials, leading public figures, Nobel Peace Prize winners and civil society activists, the World Forum will allow for an exchange of experiences and perceptions and help identify risks as well as possible answers to today's societal challenges. The main theme of the Forum is “Bridging the gap – Democracy between old models and new realities”.
The Forum will begin with a formal opening ceremony on Monday 8 October attended by leading international figures, namely the UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon, President of Tunisia Mr Moncef Marzouki, Nobel Peace Prize winner Ms Tawakkol Karman and many others. Various meetings of experts from politics, civil society and academia will follow, suggesting new ideas on democracy related issues for the 21st century.
On the sidelines of the Forum, a number of public events, such as a Democracy fair, a film festival, a meeting of the Youth Assembly, etc. will be held in various city venues.
Among a great number of active participants also Ambassador Janez Lenarčič, Director of the OSCE Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, will participate at the thematic conference on democracy and globalisation, Mr Roman Jakič, Member of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, will be chairing a working session on new aspects of democratic ethic and Mr Igor Šoltes, President of the Court of Auditors of the Republic of Slovenia, will participate at working session on consequences of the economic and financial crisis on democratic institutions.