Stockholm launch of the Global State of Democracy 2019 Report: Addressing the Ills, Reviving the Promise

2 December 2019
International IDEA
111 28 Stockholm

The Global State of Democracy 2019: Addressing the Ills, Reviving the Promise, the second edition of International IDEA’s flagship report will be launched in Stockholm on 2 December 2019. The Global Launch took place in Brussels on 19 November 2019.

The Global State of Democracy 2019 Report provides a health check of the state of the world’s democracy, analysing trends, opportunities and challenges that are seen across various regions and within regions. The analysis is based on the Global State of Democracy (GSoD) Indices, an index produced by International IDEA that measures democratic performance across 158 countries from 1975 to today.

The report aims to inform the global democracy debate with evidence and data and provide a nuanced analysis of how opportunities and challenges to democracy play out in different ways around the world, shaped by regional and country contexts. Beyond the diagnostic and in order to help rebalance the current democracy debate, the report also seeks to provide policy recommendations, building on the good practices and cases which have shown resilience in the face of challenges. These have been collected through International IDEA’s more than 20 years of regional and country-level technical assistance in democratic reform throughout the world.

The report mainly targets policymakers and civil society organizations working at the national, regional or international levels, either implementing, supporting or advocating for democratic reforms. The report also targets those policymakers who may not be working directly on democratic reform but are involved in reform processes more broadly, be they economic, social or digital.

The Stockholm launch of the GSoD 2019 Report seeks to present the key findings of the report and discuss its policy relevance with policymakers from the Swedish bilateral donor community, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, youth representatives, civil society organizations and opinion-makers, to identify common solutions. The event will also be enriched by the guest appearance of Ola Rosling, President of Gapminder Foundation who will interpret the GSoD data through his famous “bubble” presentation.




Moderator:  Adina Trunk

14:15 - 14:20    
Introductory Remarks    
Gabriel Busquets Aparicio, Ambassador of Spain to Sweden, Co-Chair of the Council of Member States

Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA

14:20 - 14:30    
Welcome Remarks     
Annika Söder, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden

14:30 - 14:35    
GSoD film screening    

14:35 - 14:55    

Key global findings of report          
Keboitse Machangana, Director of Global Programmes, International IDEA

14:55 - 15:10  

Highlights of regional findings
Annika Silva-Leander, Head of Democracy Assessment and Political Analysis unit, International IDEA  

15:10 - 15:35    
“Bubble” presentation of GSoD data     
Ola Rosling, Gapminder Foundation

15:35 - 16:05    
Panel discussion: implications of the GSoD findings     
Helena Bjuremalm, Deputy Head of Unit for Democracy and Human Rights, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Annika Silva-Leander, Head of Democracy Assessment and Political Analysis unit, International IDEA  
Ola Rosling, Gapminder Foundation

16:05 - 16:30    
Questions & Answers    

16:30 - 16:40    
Closing Remarks 

Hugo Brauwers, Ambassador of Belgium to Sweden     
Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA


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