Next month, the Council of Europe will launch the World Forum for Democracy.
The event brings together in Strasbourg high ranking politicians, civil society activists and business leaders from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
In this podcast, Jean-Louis Laurens, the forum’s senior coordinator, outlines the main themes of the international conference (8-11 October), details the public involvement and highlights the reasons behind the organisation’s decision to reach out to a global audience.
“Europe cannot live in isolation,” he says. “To a great extent, the future of Europe depends on what is happening outside Europe. The forum can be an element of the re-thinking of European values and standards.
“The World Forum for Democracy is not the only initiative of the sort but it is the only one promoted by a multi-lateral international organisation. The added value is that what is done here, is done in an independent and neutral way.”
Interview with Jean-Louis Laurens
Information: Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy
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