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This site is a platform through which global civil society can share information, ideas, learning and resources related to engagement around the Summit for Democracy (S4D) and, in particular, the Democracy Cohorts set up as part of the process. The Summit comprises a series of events and a Year of Action (YoA) led by the US Government to support democratic renewal around the world. The Summit for Democracy as a process is an extraordinary opportunity to galvanize attention and mobilize international action; and the process associated with it is a critical platform for engagement on issues of democracy during the course of 2022 and beyond.

The goals of the site are threefold- first to act as a hub for information and conversations related to the S4D; second to ensure the transparency and inclusivity of the S4D processes, and third to bolster accountability for the various Cohorts implemented as part of the Year of Action.

On December 9-10, 2021, the US hosted a virtual Summit for Democracy for leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector. The summit focused on challenges and opportunities facing democracies and provided a platform for leaders to make both individual and collective commitments to defend democracy around the world. Approximately one year after the December 2021 Summit, a second summit will take stock of the progress made and forge a common path ahead. Invited governments to the US Summit for Democracy in December 2021 were asked to develop commitments focused on strengthening their own democracies in three areas – fighting corruption, countering authoritarianism and promoting human rights; but only a small number of invited governments engaged domestic or international civil society around these commitments and how they might be implemented. In the period between the first Summit for Democracy and the second Summit for Democracy (in late 2022), one key strategy for increasing the impact of the S4D will be civil society engagement on what governments are committing to and how they can deliver on those commitments.

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28 February 2023 - 1 March 2023 00:00 - 23:30

GDC Forum

Virtual Event | Organised by Global Democracy Coalition | Held in Washington & Brussels in TBA
Defending against authoritarianism

We are really excited to announce it will take place between 28 Feb and 1 March. The sessions will be held in person in Washington DC and Brussels, but we will also have some events virtually.  We will be sharing the agenda soon and I am sure you will be hearing from panel organizers, as we aim for as many partners as possible to be part of the Forum.  We have some (limited) funds available, in case organizations need to have their travel costs covered to attend the Forum.

As you all know, we are also preparing a video project with a set of democracy defenders videos. The GDC proposes to launch a video project that will highlight the stories of democracy defenders around the world (supported by the Coalition) to give visibility to their plight, stories, strategies, and efforts. These stories will be highlighted on the GDC website before the second Summit for Democracy and may also be broadcasted between plenaries and breaks during the official Summit for Democracy. The videos will also be a way to raise public awareness of their struggles in a way that events, webinars, panel discussions or written reports may not.  We would like to ask for organizations that work with democracy defenders and would like to give them an opportunity to be part of this process, to enter their information in this excel sheet, or to contact me directly before 27 Jan COB. Organizations may also send me the raw footage of videos they already have, so the company can compile and edit them. We are already in talks with a company for this project and would very much like to know how many organizations are interested and could provide some help to the Coalition for this initiative.  The concept note for this project is also available here.

In other news, we also wanted to inform you that the Recommendations for the second Summit report is now online on the Coalition website. Thank you so much to you all for your input to the document and special thanks go to @Kourtney Pompi for leading this initiative.  Also, please be aware that we will have a new Coalition website later this month and the Digital Library and Mapping of the Partners tool will be launched during the GDC Forum.  Some of you have already started to get my emails on this, and I hope to have sent the individual information to all the partners by the end of the week.

As always, if you have any comments or questions don´t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for the amazing energy you all bring to the Coalition and for your commitment to democracy!!  Hope to see you all in the GDC Forum

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