World Forum for Democracy 2024: Embracing Diversity and Defeating Divides

Introduction to the World Forum for Democracy 2024

The World Forum for Democracy is an annual gathering that brings together policy-makers, academics, activists, youth representatives, and democracy innovators at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg, France. The forum serves as a unique platform for political decision-makers and activists to debate solutions to key challenges for democracies worldwide.

Theme and Focus of the 2024 Edition

The theme of the 2024 edition of the World Forum for Democracy is “Democracy and Diversity: Can We Transcend the Divides?”. This year, the forum will address the critical threats posed by disinformation and divisive political narratives around diversity, particularly in the context of election campaigns. The focus will be on how electoral processes can inadvertently crystallize societal divides, providing fertile ground for populism to thrive.

Application Process and Deadlines

To participate in the 2024 edition of the forum, the application form must be submitted online before June 30, 2024, at 23:59 CET. In case of technical problems with the use of the platform, please send an e-mail to youthapplications[at]

About the Event

The World Forum for Democracy aims to explore ways of raising citizens’ understanding of the risks posed by populism to their fundamental rights and freedoms. By identifying and analyzing experimental initiatives and practices, the forum highlights and encourages democracy innovations at the grassroots level, aiming to strengthen the foundations of democratic societies. The event’s program features inspirational talks by thought leaders and analytical labs that challenge proposed solutions and identify ideas worth spreading. Additionally, the forum fosters the creation of networks and communities of practice, serving as incubators for turning ideas into action.

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