Summit of Democracy Year of Action Dialogue

13 December 2022  10:00 - 14:00

In Person Event | Organised by International IDEA, European Commission | Held in Brussels (CET) in English
Contact details: [email protected]
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The International IDEA and the European Commission have the pleasure to invite you to the Summit for Democracy Year of Action Dialogue: Beyond the Summit for Democracy, opportunities and the way forward on 13 December 2022. The first Summit for Democracy (S4D) and the Year of Action put the spotlight on democracy at a critical time and engaged democratic leaders to formulate domestic and external commitments on democracy and human rights. The S4D Year of Action Dialogue will offer a unique opportunity to governments, civil society and other relevant stakeholders to take stock on the good practices of the S4D implementation process so far, share lessons learnt and identify opportunities for continuous engagement beyond the Year of Action and the second S4D to maximise the impact of achievements. The event will particularly explore the added value of cohorts, the dynamics of bringing governments and civil society together to shape future action on commitments, and the role that can be played by EU Member States. It will feature speakers from EU institutions, government representatives from EU Member States, Africa and North America, and civil society organisations.

We look forward to welcoming you in person or online.

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09:30 – 10:00 Registration and coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and opening remarks
Chiara Adamo, Acting Director, Human Development, Migration, Governance and Peace,
DG INTPA, European Commission
10:10 – 11:00 Embracing the opportunities of the S4D process
Moderator: Julia Keutgen, Programme Manager, International IDEA
Representative of the U.S. Government (TBC)
Winza Mwauluka, Chief Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Ministry of Finance, Zambia
Paul Maassen, Chief Country Support, Open Government Partnership
Annika Silva-Leander, Head of North America, International IDEA

11:00 – 11:50 Ensuring the continuity of democracy actions beyond the S4D
Moderator: Fabrice Vareille, Deputy Head of Division, Democracy and Electoral
Observation, EEAS
Amb. Jitka Látal Znamenáčková, Permanent Representative to the Political and Security
Committee, Czech Permanent Representation to the EU
Amb. Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin, Ambassador for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of
Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Maisha Jansen, Deputy Head, Human Rights and political & legal UN affairs, Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands (TBC)

11:50 – 12:20 Coffee break

12:20 – 13:10 Assessing the modalities and achievements of the democracy cohorts
Moderator: Julia Keutgen, Programme Manager, International IDEA
Amb. Minna-Liina Lind, Ambasador for Human Rights, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Estonia
Juela Hamati, Vice President, European Democracy Youth Network
Gaëtane Ricard-Nihoul, Deputy Head of Unit, Citizens ́s Dialogue, DG COMM, European
Commission (TBC)

13:10 – 13:20 Concluding remarks
Sam Van der Staak, Head of Regional Europe Programme, International IDEA
13:20 – 14:00 Networking lunch