World Forum For Democracy 2017 | Diplomacy Opportunities

The sixth edition of the Council of Europe’s World Forum for Democracy will engage with
decision-makers, young people and opinion-formers to review novel initiatives and approaches which can enhance democratic practices and help parties and media, but also other political actors, to re-connect to citizens, make informed choices and function
optimally in the 21st century democracy.

During the World Forum, the youth participants will join the different labs and side events. Participants may be given particular roles in the labs and side-events according to their interests and competencies (rapporteurs, moderators, audience, critical thinkers…). Altogether, the youth participants should be active partners and contributors to this World Forum, bringing in their own ideas and initiatives. Beyond the labs and side-events, the participants may organise parallel activities to make their voices heard and present their visions of whether populism is a problem or not (flashmobs, creative walls, living library, storytelling etc…).

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Eligibility
In order to be selected and participate in the World Forum 2017, youth applicants should:

  1. Be aged 16-30 (exceptions can be made in special cases);
  2. Be resident in Europe; 15 places will be made available for participants from other
    regions outside the European continent;
  3. Be able to communicate and work in English;
  4. Be actively involved in civil society democracy initiatives;
  5. Be motivated to contribute to developing new ideas on youth and democracy;
  6. Be ready to share own challenges faced in relation to populism and its effects on
    society;
  7. Be ready to adopt a solution-oriented approach by bringing in new ideas and visions on the question of populism;
  8. Be available to participate fully in the World Forum for Democracy and the
    preparation process beforehand.

The youth representatives will be chosen on the basis of these criteria and the video to be submitted. The Council of Europe welcomes applications from all candidates who fulfil the above-mentioned profile, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

A few limited places will allow for participants from the previous editions of the World
Forum to participate.

To Apply

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Deadline: Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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