28 September 2022 - 30 September 2022 -

Athens Democracy Forum

In Person Event | Organised by The Democracy & Culture Foundation | Held in Athens, Greece in English
Defending against authoritarianism

The Athens Democracy Forum is marking its tenth anniversary this year. But while the Forum can celebrate, democracy cannot.

Join us in Athens or virtually as we explore the innovative approaches needed to overcome the challenges facing democracy, a decade later. We will call on the brightest – and often youngest – minds to come up with a prescription for a new breed of democracy, one that recognizes that only bold action will have a chance against malignant threats.

You can choose to attend in-person in Athens to maximise learning and networking opportunities, or attend the free, online event.


27 September 2022 - 28 September 2022 -

Rallying for Freedom: From Ideals to Engagement

Virtual Event | Organised by Center for International Private Enterprise | Held in in
Defending against authoritarianism

The FEDN Secretariat at CIPE invites you to the second annual conference of the Free Enterprise & Democracy Network to be held September 27 and 28. This virtual two-day conference will convene leaders and advocates from around the globe under the theme of “Rallying for Freedom: From Ideals to Engagement.” The event will feature panels, fireside chats, breakout groups, networking opportunities, and virtual exhibitions showcasing private sector and public policy solutions, while emphasizing FEDN member initiatives.

15 September 2022 11:00 - 14:40

International Democracy Day 2022

Virtual Event | Organised by Global Democracy Coalition | Held in Eastern Time (DC) in English
Defending against authoritarianism

On International Democracy Day 2022, the Global Democracy Coalition will hold an event to celebrate democracy activism and democracy defenders of different kinds across varying contexts, and to discuss the most effective ways to support them, to advance and protect democracy worldwide, showcasing stories and examples from partner organizations in the Global Democracy Coalition and their democracy defenders grantees/partners. The event aims to show how the defense of democracy takes different shapes and forms across varying contexts but will also seek to tease out commonalities and prevalent challenges and strategies to learn from each other. The discussion will also provide inputs to democracy assistance organizations from the Global Democracy Coalition from the United States, Europe and Latin America so that they can more effectively support the efforts of different types of democracy defenders and also learn from each other.

This event will be held in hybrid format. For those that want to attend in person, the event will be held in the Open Government Hub (1100 13th Street NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC). For those that want to watch it online, the event will be livestreamed on YouTube. Kindly register for either attendance.


14 September 2022 - 15 September 2022 08:00 - 18:00

Smart City Expo USA

In Person Event | Organised by Smart City Expo USA | Held in Miami, Florida (EST) in English
Addressing and fighting corruption

Building Smart, Equitable, and Sustainable 21st Century Cities
* A White House Summit for Democracy Year of Action Initiative *

Smart City Expo USA is the country’s leading event for cities. We are solving urgent issues of today while preparing cities for tomorrow.

Our cutting-edge programming is preparing cities for tomorrow while solving urgent issues of today. Join us in harnessing $1T of federal funds to build inclusive and resilient cities through electrification, climate resiliency, cybersecurity, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and web3, urban air mobility, AI and edge technology, big data, education equity, the future of work, next-gen infrastructure, and so much more.

Our speakers believe cities are not “smart” if there is homelessness, hunger or poverty, if communities cannot access clean air and water, healthcare, safety, housing, broadband, energy, education, economic opportunity, a decent commute, the ballot box, or build generational wealth. Join them as they lead cities into an inclusive and prosperous future.

Smart City Expo USA is proud to collaborate with visionary sponsors, exhibitors, and partners who are igniting change in communities around the world.

Join us in showcasing your cutting-edge technologies as we harness $1T of federal funds to address historic inequities and lead cities into the future.

14 September 2022 - 16 September 2022 16:00 - 11:00

Democracy in an Era of Geopolitics, International Democracy Day

Virtual Event | Organised by International Democracy Day Brussels | Held in Brussels (CEST) in English
Defending against authoritarianism

The European Endowment for Democracy (EED), European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP), and Carnegie Europe are proud to organise the 2022 edition of the International Democracy Day Brussels conference. The event will take place at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels and online, with the support of the European Parliament and the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and co-funded by the European Union.

An exciting line-up of leaders, experts and practitioners will discuss the challenges that recent geopolitical events pose for democratic development worldwide.

The Summit For Democracy’s Youth Political and Civic Engagement Cohort will hold their launch event during this conference. Find the programme here.

13 September 2022 11:00 - 13:00

Reversing the Rollback on Women’s Rights, FP Virtual Dialogue: Uniting for Democratic Equality

Virtual Event | Organised by Foreign Policy, NDI | Held in Eastern Time (US and Canada) in English
Advancing respect for human rights

Major and persistent gaps between men and women across political, economic, professional, and other factors have stalled progress for gender parity initiatives around the world. The recent International Men and Gender Equality Survey demonstrates a compounding issue—that even men who support equality in the abstract become reticent to support specific policies proven to increase opportunities for women and reduce discrimination against sexual and gender minorities. The World Economic Forum’s 2022 Global Gender Report shows that at the current rate of progress, full parity won’t be achieved for another 155 years.

Increasing trends of illiberalism and authoritarianism are only making things worse, with misogyny and rollbacks on democracy fueling each other, according to recent analysis by political scientists at Harvard University. In countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Russia, Egypt, Brazil, India, Poland, and Turkey, outright autocracy or backsliding democrats are suppressing or reversing women’s rights as an intentional political strategy to narrow discourse, participation and engagement in order to maintain their hold on power. Women’s equal and active political participation is central to the battle for democracy, but it will also take meaningful and broad engagement by men in power to help quell the rising tide of illiberal misogyny around the world.

Against this backdrop, Foreign Policy, in partnership with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), will convene a Democracy Game Changer conversation with leaders from government and civil society to discuss how men can become agents for gender equality and women’s empowerment, transforming not only the political landscape, but contributing to the long-term democratic development, prosperity, and resilience of nations.

Join the conversation online using #Uniting4DemocraticEquality.

8 September 2022 08:30 - 09:30

Cohort Meeting: Information Integrity

Virtual Event | Organised by Alliance for Securing Democracy | Held in EDT in English
Defending against authoritarianism

Summit for Democracy’s Cohort on information integrity is co-lead by Canada, Latvia and the Alliance for Securing Democracy.

The cohort aims to discuss, collect and promote best practices on strengthening a healthy information space and information integrity and reinforcing democracy.

Find the Concept Note here.

For registration, please email:

Laura Kazaine: [email protected]

Anahid Najafizadeh: [email protected]

Krysia Sikora, [email protected]

21 July 2022 10:00 - 11:00

Uniting Against Corruption: Global Game Changers on the Front Lines

Virtual Event | Organised by NDI, Foreign Policy | Held in New York Timezone (EST) in English
Addressing and fighting corruption

This event will include live interpretation to French and Spanish.

National Democratic Institute and Foriegn Policy Presents:


28 June 2022 12:00 - 13:00

AITI-TraCCC S4D Working Group (WG) on Kleptocracy and Illicit Trade

Virtual Event | Organised by AITI-TraCCC | Held in United States (EST) in English
Addressing and fighting corruption

AITI-TraCCC is excited to launch its S4D Working Group on Kleptocracy and Illicit Trade – a civil society-driven dialogue to fight corruption and money laundering to defend democracy against authoritarianism, confront hubs of illicit trade, and safeguard human rights and security.

Find the flyer here

25 June 2022 14:00 - 16:00


Virtual Event | Organised by AMERICAN RUSSIAN-SPEAKING ASSOCIATION FOR CIVIL & HUMAN RIGHTS (ARA) | Held in New York (EST) in The introductory remarks will be in English; most of the participants will speak in Russian or Ukrainian.
Defending against authoritarianism


A dialogue between Russian diaspora’s antiwar organizers and Ukrainian human rights defenders


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