The global pandemic has highlighted the resilience of our democratic institutions, the universal desire for fundamental freedoms, and the necessity of multilateralism.
Yet the crisis has also shed light on the ease with which restrictions can be imposed on democratic checks and balances, civic participation, and human rights, and it has exposed challenges for cooperation in times of need.
Now more than ever, the international community needs to stand up for democracy. In celebration of International Democracy Day, this high-level event will showcase visions of European and international leaders for the future of democracy support, post-pandemic.
David Maria Sassoli, President of the European Parliament – pre-recorded message
Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission – pre-recorded message
Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – pre-recorded message
Heidi Hautala, Vice-President of the European Parliament
Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA
Peter Sondergaard, Director of Programmes, European Endowment for Democracy
This event is part of the sessions to celebrate Democracy Week 2020: Overcoming Adversity, Innovating Democracy