The 8th World Movement for Democracy (WMD) Assembly is held on November 1-4, 2015 in Seoul, Korea. Based in Seoul, the Asia Democracy Network (ADN) Secretariat is the local partner for the 8th WMD Assembly as along with the World Movement for Democracy, based at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Washington, DC. The 8th Assembly is themed as “Empowering Civil Society for Democracy and Its Renewal.”
The ADN will organize the Asia Democracy Forum (ADF), “The State of Democracy in Asia – Challenges and Opportunities for Civil Society” from 14:45 to 18:15 on November 2nd, 2015. The Regional Workshop for Asia aims to assess the state of democracy in Asia in terms of challenges and opportunities for civil society in Asia. The regional workshop serves as the General Forum of the ADN that was established in Seoul on 22 Oct 2013 as a regional network of CSOs engaged in the democracy promotion in Asia.
The ADF is composed of two sessions – thematic (session 1) and country-specific (session 2) to understand the state of democracy in Asia from both thematic and country-specific perspectives.
Session 1: Assessing the State of Democracy in Asia – Challenges and Opportunities for Civil Society (80 minutes)
The outcome of a series of regional consultation meetings including the Future of Human Rights and Democracy in Asia (FoRD) organized by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Asia Democracy Network (ADN) will be shared as a keynote presentation.
Several discussants from different countries will share their perspectives in response to the presentation.
Session 2 : Testimonies from “Democratic Hotspots” in Asia – Civic Responses to Challenges and Threats and for international solidarity for inclusive democracy for all (80 minutes)
The second part will be devoted for testimony from “democratic hotspots” in Asia highlighting people’s struggles and campaigns for democracy in Asia. About 10 democracy advocates and campaigners from various countries will be invited to present their cases.
The detailed schedule of the ADF is available here.
About the World Movement for Democracy
Initiated in 1999 to “strengthen democracy where it is weak, to reform and invigorate democracy even where it is longstanding, and to bolster pro-democracy groups in countries that have not yet entered into a process of democratic transition,” the World Movement is a global network that meets periodically to exchange ideas and experiences and fosters collaboration among democratic forces around the world.
About the 8th Assembly
Some 400-500 democracy activists, practitioners, scholars, and donors will attend the Eighth Global Assembly from more than 100 countries, and will engage in a wide variety of practical workshops and panel discussions focused on current challenges to democracy, including the need to reinvigorate support for those working for democratic change; youth engagement and empowerment; enabling and protecting civil society; and ways to build democracy movements, by drawing on a wealth of experiences from around the world. In addition to providing a space for participants to teach and learn from each other, the Assembly will also foster relationships of cross-border solidarity. Participation in the Assembly is by invitation only. For more details on the Assembly please visit the website.
The ADN will host a Cultural Evening and Dinner on November 2nd with support from the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Mayor Park Won Soon.
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