From 6 to 9 May 2018, former MEP Filip Kaczmarek represented the FMA at the Ninth Global Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy in Dakar, Senegal, under the theme, “Building Strategic Partnerships for Democratic Renewal”.
He contributed to the panel “Linking Parliamentary Associations to Promote Democratic Norms and Systems”. Each day featured discussions on how to enhance or defend different facets of democracy, from combating disinformation through digital innovation to encouraging broader dialogue through art activism. The report highlights timely discussions concerning democracy around the world today, as well as strategies to overcome obstacles shared by activists, donors, government representatives, and other democrats. Read about the discussions that took place in high-level plenary sessions and breakout workshops led by grassroots organizations, and watch highlights of the conversations in our new interactive report.
Following one of the recommendations of the plenary session, Forum 2000 launched the Parliamentary Call for Global Democratic Renewal. This global call outlines actions parliamentarians can take to support the protection of democratic norms and human rights in their own legislatures and globally. These actions include addressing disinformation campaigns and the weaponization of social media, advancing the political inclusion of minorities and marginalized groups, encouraging accountable governance of the people through fair elections, and insisting on the safety of parliamentarians and civic activists who may be targeted for their efforts to uphold human rights.
Filip Kaczmarek adhered to the Call on behalf of the FMA.
To sign-on to the Parliamentary Call for Global Democratic Renewal, please email GlobalSignOn@ndi.org .