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The Global State of Democracy 2023 Global Launch Event

02 November 2023
17:00 - 18:30 CET
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The New Checks and Balances

As the bedrocks of democracy are weakening across the globe, in its fifth edition, The Global State of Democracy 2023 Report explores the factors exacerbating this deterioration. ‘The New Checks and Balances’ takes a closer look at the role of formal and informal countervailing institutions in the advancement and protection of democracy. Going beyond traditional ‘checks and balances’, countervailing institutions also include the bodies, movements and institutions that protect the equilibrium of power between the people and the government. 

The Global State of Democracy Report is based on a rigorous methodology that combines data analysis with on-the-ground experience to evaluate the state of democracy in 173 countries, including evidence-based analysis of both global and regional trends, complemented by case studies and a set of actionable recommendations for policymakers.

Recognizing the complexity of democratic performance, ‘The Global State of Democracy 2023 Report – The New Checks and Balances', for the first time, ranks countries in four major categories of democratic performance rather than one overall classification. These four categories are Representation, Rights, Rule of Law and Participation.

Read the #GSoD2023 Report here.

Discover this year's insights by joining our global launch event virtually from anywhere in the world – register here!

Mark your calendar for 2 November at 17:00 CET and catch the event live on International IDEA's YouTube channel. Join the discussion and share your thoughts using the hashtag #GSoD2023.  

Agenda items

  • MC: Ms Adina Trunk, Chief of Staff, Secretary General’s Office, International IDEA

Opening Remarks

  •  Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA

Keynote Addresses

  • H.E. Dr Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, President of Botswana (video message)
  • H.E. Dr José Ramos-Horta, President of Timor-Leste (video message)

Presentation of the Global State of Democracy 2023 Report

  • Dr Seema Shah, Head of Democracy Assessment Unit, International IDEA

Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Dr Massimo Tommasoli, Director of Global Programmes, International IDEA
  • Ms Isabel Aninat, Dean, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez Law School
  • Ms Kunthida Rungruengkiat, Director, Progressive Movement Foundation
  • Mr Leopoldo López, Co-Founder, World Liberty Congress

Questions & Answers  

Closing Remarks  

  •  Dr Massimo Tommasoli, Director of Global Programmes, International IDEA



Kevin Casas-Zamora
Kevin Casas-Zamora
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Adina Trunk
Chief of Staff to the Secretary-General
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Seema Shah
Head of Democracy Assessment
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Massimo Tommasoli
Director of Global Programmes
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H.E. Dr Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi President of Botswana
H.E. Dr José Ramos-Horta President of Timor-Leste
Isabel Aninat
Dean, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez Law School
Leopoldo López
Co-Founder, World Liberty Congress
Kunthida Rungruengkiat
Director, Progressive Movement Foundation

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International IDEA
International IDEA

We advance democracy worldwide, as a universal human aspiration and an enabler of sustainable development, through support to the building, strengthening and safeguarding of democratic political institutions and processes at all levels.

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