With emerging democracies backsliding into authoritarianism and others falling prey to populism, there has never been a more urgent need to assess the evolving state of democracy and its impact now, amid rapid global change.
The 2019 Athens Democracy Forum will be held October 9-11 in Athens. The Forum brings senior New York Times journalists together with international business leaders, policy makers, academics and experts to discuss the state of democracy and what action it requires in the face of mounting challenges. As of this year, the Forum is organized by the Democracy & Culture Foundation, an independent non-profit entity, in association with The New York Times, which continues to curate the subjects to be discussed and to publish special reports on them.
A weekend conclave at Costa Navarino will follow on October 11-13, featuring a diverse array of experiential events and engaging discussions around this year’s theme “Spirituality & Democracy”.
The Athens Democracy Forum is attended by over 400 international delegates from more than 30 countries. Delegates will enjoy a rich program of cultural events and networking opportunities, including a welcome reception at the Acropolis Museum, cultural tours, an interactive discussion with senior New York Times journalists, a dinner hosted by the Mayor of Athens, and immersive deep-dive discussions to find solutions to four of the 17 United Nations Global Goals.
The goal of the 2019 Athens Democracy Forum is to explore the forces of alternative models of governance and how to deal with them. The central topics to be debated include:
The Forum is organized under the Auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos.
Athens Democracy Forum 2018 was proud to have the endorsement of the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres. View his message of support