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Democracy for the 21st Century


Opening Session 1: Why are we here?
09/12/2015

10:00-12:00

This session includes words of welcome from the host organizations and introduces the topic of Democracy in the 21stCentury. H.E President Obasanjo will share his reflections on the Global issues with a special reference to Africa.

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Why are we here?
Adel El-Beltagy, Ahmed Benhelli,Bjorn Berge,Fatma El Zahraa ,Fouad El Sanyoura ,Luis Peral,Olusegun Obasanjo
Dr. Ismail Serageldin word
Ismail Serageldin
Keynote Speech
Fouad El Sanyoura
Session 2: Framing the Issues
09/12/2015

12:30-02:00

This session explores the role of existing democracies from a historical, political and academic viewpoint. It will also address the various forms of existing electoral systems, and each speaker will give a focused view of existing democratic systems in both the United States and Europe and the emerging democracies elsewhere. The session will highlight the major positive features of these systems, and the shortcomings that need to be addressed.

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Latin America
09/12/2015

3:00-4:30

In this session, the panelists, a group of experts and democraticallyelected Former Presidents, will share their experiences in the largely successful transition from dictatorship to democracy in the countries of Latin America, and how the institutions of democracy took root on

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Latin America
Jorge Álvarez Fuentes ,Luis Alberto Lacalle ,Rosalia Arteaga Serrano
Eastern Europe
09/12/2015

4:15-5:30

 This session will include short presentations from renowned politicians and former democratically elected Presidents to discuss their experiences in the largely successful transition from dictatorship to democracy in several countries in Eastern Europe, and how the institutions of democracy took root in those countries.

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Eastern Europe
Boris Tadic, Emil Constantinescu ,Petar Stefanov Stoyanov,Rexhep Meidani
Session 5: The MENA Region
10/12/2015

09:00-09:30

In this session, the focus will be on discussing the situation in our part of the world, where the high expectations that so many of us had at the time of the Arab Spring were dashed, and the situation has further deteriorated into civil wars in country after country, from Libya to Sudan to Somalia to Yemen to Syria to Iraq, with tenuous peace in some other countries, and the dream of democracy still seeming beyond reach for a whole generation of our youth.
The panelists will address these issues from their position as former politicians and experts.

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The MENA Region
Amal El Moallimi,George Ishak,Hoda Abdel Nasser,Hossam Badrawi
Session 6: Extremism, Religion & Politics
10/12/2015

09:30-10:15

The rise of fanaticism and extremism and its attendant violence, particularly, but not exclusively, in the Arab and Muslim Worlds, requires immediate attention. Not only does this surge of violent actions and reactionary thought bring about destruction and loss of lives, but it also destabilizes the entire world by creating displacement of persons, financial crises and diverse other problems that have a negative bearing on world peace and progress. Experts in this session will shed light on the adverse repercussions of such movements, and perhaps provide suggested instruments to combat this flow of hatred and violence.

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Extremism, Religion & Politics
Bishop Gunnar Stalsett, Farida El Allaghi, Ibrahim Negm,Ahmed K. Abo El Magd
Session 7: On Political Parties: The West
10/12/2015

12:00-01:15

Political parties are a means of strengthening voice for particular points of view while allowing for debate and votes to settle the issues for the interest of all. However, in some cases this system has failed the people and challenged the agreed upon political givens (Belgium cannot agree on a government for 521 days, the US closes down the federal government twice in 20 years). This inevitably underlines a need to investigate the role of political parties within society, and what went wrong as well as, what needs to be changed in order to avoid other failures. The panelists, Western experts, will comment on this phenomenon, and possibly offer new perspectives on how political parties should function in the West.

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On Political Parties: The West
Bjorn Berge,Gerald Jones,Rob Riemen, Willem Kok
Session 8: On Political Parties: Egypt
10/12/2015

12:00-02:00
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Session :15 - Final Wrap-Up
11/12/2015

03:00-03:30
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Session 13 : Proposals for Innovative Immediate Reforms
11/12/2015

1:30-02:30
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Session 14 : Proposals for Fundamental System Reform - Sortition
11/12/2015

1:30-2:30
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Proposals for Fundamental System Reform - Sortition
David Schecter ,Oliver Dowlen ,Terrill Bouricius
Session 10: The Way Forward
11/12/2015

10:00-11:00

The presenters in this session will draw upon the conclusions of all previous discussions in an attempt to map a future plan in which all stakeholders can participate to improve on, change or re-invent, a system that can ensure the best possible public participation, and the most efficient tenets of a new social contract, and to lay out the groundwork for the remaining sessions of the conference.

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Session 12 : Direct Democracy, Participatory Budgeting & Pioneering Democratic Initiatives
11/12/2015

10:45-11:45
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Sssion 11: Why Democratic Renewal?
11/12/2015

11:00-12:00

This session will cover issues related to the need for Democratic renewal, offering an overview of current deficits and opportunities to overcome them. It will address the idea of sortation as an alternative
or complement to conventional electoral processes, giving global examples about sortation and identifying what we can learn from them about bolstering democratic governance. Finally, the session will also address deliberative democracy, defining it and discussing some
examples of application and what it implies for democracy in the 21st century.

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Session 9: A Recapitulation
11/12/2015

9:00-10:00

This particular session will present the reports of all rapporteurs and crystallize the most important points that were highlighted in each panel discussion.

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