Today, the three-day World Forum for Democracy gets underway with speeches from Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg and French Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research Najat Vallaud-Belkacem.
The event is focused on core questions – ‘How can we instil in young people a desire to act as defenders of freedom and guardians of human rights?’ Do our education systems have the right tools to teach them how to make the most of diversity or do they perpetuate social and cultural divides? In the age of social media, where almost anything can be expressed, should states take an active part in combating propaganda and the extremists seeking to radicalise these young minds?
Answers to some or all of these questions will emerge from the participants, gathered from more than 100 countries in some 19 labs, which will discuss the democratic response to the problems and concerns raised throughout the forum.
The World Forum for Democracy is organised by the Council of Europe in partnership with Strasbourg City Council, the Grand Est Region and the French government.