2021 International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) Conference

Virtual sessions November 29 - December 2

The 2021 IOPD Conference will take place in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) from 20 to 22 October organised by the Municipality of Cocody. In order to ensure greater participation of the membership from cities around the world, in a context where international travel is not always allowed, a number of virtual sessions will be organised covering the thematic priorities of the network in collaboration with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).

Dates of the virtual sessions: November 29 & 30 and December 1&2

2 hour sessions through Zoom Platform with translation in English/French/Spanish

Citizen Participation in Ecological Transformation

November 29, 15h00-17h00 CET


Local governments must play a key and pioneering role in the ecological transformation of our societies, and citizens cannot be only spectators in this process. In this session we want to share experiences and the steps to follow in order to foster government-citizen dialogue and the co-creation of solutions for the ecological transition. This theme will be central to the IOPD 2022 Conference, so it can be seen as a pre-session to the next global meeting.

Discover our work on this thematic area

Revisiting local democracy

November 30, 15h00-17h00 CET


The impact of the pandemic on democratic institutions and procedures has added to the problems and crises already being felt by democracies. In various sessions throughout these months we have been sharing and thinking about how to strengthen democracy in the risks it faces: live learning session, Cities Are Listening, preparatory session for the contribution to the Gold report or preparatory session for the UCLG Forum of Intermediary Cities. In this new session we want to think about ways to revitalise local democracy such as citizens' assemblies or other forms of deliberation by lottery, online participation tools and the debate around digital rights or the importance of generating an inclusive concept of citizenship.

Feminist municipalism and participatory democracy

December 1, 15h00-17h00 CET


The global feminist municipalist movement is a key building block of a better normality towards a renewed local democracy. We want to open this space for dialogue where strategies for deploying feminism and participatory democracy in local politics converge. Elected representatives will be invited to share about the relationship between feminism and participatory democracy and their experiences in incorporating a gender perspective in the practices of citizen participation.

UCLG and the Municipal Feminist Movement commit to Generational Equality

IOPD General Assembly

December 2, 15h00-17h00 CET


The IOPD General Assembly is the meeting of the network membership where management reports are presented, the new work plan is adopted, and the new leadership and strategies of the network are approved. The baton will be passed from Cocody to Grenoble which will host the conference in 2022.