Call for Applications

2015 World Forum for Democracy Strasbourg, France

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Theme: Freedom vs control: For a democratic response
When: Strasbourg, 18-20 November 2015
The Joint Council on Youth, decision-making structure co-managed by representatives of governments and youth NGOs, has agreed to involve the youth sector of the Council of Europe in the 2015 edition of the World Forum for Democracy.
The 4th edition of the World Forum for Democracy will engage with decision-makers and opinion-formers in a reflection on how to maintain a balance between freedom and control for security in European societies and will explore new ways of engaging young people in re-visioning the democratic arenas of today. The Forum will explore initiatives and structures to successfully address approaches for the protection of freedom in democracies facing violence and extremism. Young people’s life experiences and local, national or international initiatives will be important elements of the World Forum.

The initiatives and ideas to be presented at the forum will be discussed in labs and roughly cover the four following key categories:

  • How much control kills democracy?
  • Freedom from fear in a diverse society?
  • Is learning of democratic culture adequate today?
  • Is freedom of expression and information a reality?

75 young participants will be selected by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe in order to ensure a strong youth participation during the Forum. Prior to the Forum, the participants will study the initiatives (labs) and make contact with the organisers of the labs in order to receive further information about their structures. Afterwards the participants will select the laboratories they are interested in.

Profile of Participants:

  • Be aged 16-30 (exceptions can be made in special cases);
  • Be resident in one of the 50 signatory States of the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe; 30 places will be made available for participants from other regions outside the European continent;
  • Be able to communicate and work in English;
  • Be actively involved in civil society Democracy initiatives;
  • Be motivated to contribute to developing new ideas on youth and democracy;
  • Be supported by a youth organisation or network or informal group working on democracy; some non-organised individuals will also be accepted;
  • Be ready to share own challenges faced in accessing freedom of expression and dealing with control and violence;
  • Be ready to adopt a solution-oriented approach by bringing in new ideas and visions of democracy
  • Be ready to dream democracy;
  • Be available to participate fully in the World Forum for Democracy and the preparation process beforehand
  • Experience or involvement in the No Hate speech movement at local, national or international level will be an asset;

Application, procedure and selection of participants
All candidates must apply in 2 parts:
1. An online application form should be completed via this link: http://youthapplications.coe.int/Application-forms
2. A short 1 minute video should be posted on YouTube, with the link attached to the online application form

Deadline for applications
The application form must be submitted on-line before Sunday 30 August (midnight CET), together with a support letter from your NGO/sending organisation.
In case of technical problems with the use of the platform, please send an e-mail to WFD2015Youth@coe.int.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2015 World Forum for Democracy Strasbourg, France

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