The outcomes of the session will allow us to enhance our knowledge on the state of local democracy around the world, and develop new ways of thinking about citizen participation, as part and parcel of the renewal of the social contract. The discussions are set to contribute to the pact for the future and align with the UNSG’s Our Common Agenda by protecting and enhancing democracy from the bottom-up
What is the role of local governments in promoting and defending democracy?
What are the opportunities and challenges for democracy at the local level?
Which initiatives can be deployed at local and territorial level to promote dialogue, deliberation and co-creation?
How can local governments promote inclusive citizenship, peaceful democratic debate and the defense of human rights?
Moderator: Diego Fernández, Grenoble’s Director for Local Democracy
Marc Serra, Councillor for Citizens' Rights and Participation of Barcelona
José Manuel Ribeiro, Mayor of Valongo
Med Wajdi Aydi, Councillor of Sfax
Camille Choplin, Councillor of the City of Bordeaux
Céline Papin, Bordeaux Métropole
Claudia Andrea García Loboguerrero, Director of Planning Gobierno de Antioquia
Chang, Hui-Hsin, Social Welfare Department, New Taipei City Government
Moderator: Adrià Duarte, IOPD coordinator
Linda Voortman, co-mayor of Utrecht, Co-President UCLG CISDP Committee
Jonathan Moskovic, advisor on democratic innovation to the French-speaking Parliament in Brussels
Alexander Reina, director of citizen participation of Bogotá
Juan Speroni Hernández, Director General of Citizen Participation and Proximity of the Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires
Miguel Cánaves, Open Government Director and Macarena Raya, General coordinator for citizen participation Rosario
Joseph Tchinda-Kenfo, responsible for mobilisation OCPM Montreal
Ieva Cesnulaityte, OCDE
Katey Tabner, Policy Manager - Participatory Budgeting at COSLA
Hanne Bastiaensen, Country Manager Benelux Democratic Society