Budapest Forum for Building Sustainable Democracies
Thursday, September 16, 2021 – Friday, September 17, 20218:45 am – 5:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
8:45 AM – 5 PM Vienna
The Democracy Institute at OSUN partner Central European University invites all OSUN members to attend the inaugural Budapest Forum for Building Sustainable Democracies.
This conference is both in-person at Central European University and virtual.
The conference brings together domestic and foreign experts, journalists, activists, and policymakers, aiming to provide a forum for strategic thinking on the pivotal political, social, economic, and environmental transformations of our era affecting Hungary, the wider region, and the whole world.
The Forum aims to put Budapest squarely back on the region's progressive intellectual map. By bringing thinkers to Budapest formulating innovative, unusual, bold ideas and suggestions the Forum seeks solutions rather then just dwelling on the challenges. This year's edition of the Budapest Forum focuses on cities, local initiatives, and building sustainable democracies.
During the two-day conference, we will cover the following topics:
Democratic sustainability: rebuilding and consolidating democracy in the age of populism;
Social and economic sustainability: addressing inequalities during and after the coronavirus epidemic;
Environmental sustainability: the need for bold policies to accelerate the green transition; and
Technological sustainability: policy responses to rapid technological change and public health challenges.
Anne Applebaum, Senior Fellow, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Larry Diamond, Professor, Political Science, Stanford University
Vera Jourova, Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency
Timothy Garton Ash, Professor, Oxford University
Charles Gati, Professor, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow, London School of Economics
Opening keynote: Gergely Karacsony, Mayor of Budapest
Mayors and deputy mayors attending the conference in person or virtually include: Amsterdam, Bratislava, Düsseldorf, Warsaw, Prague, Ankara, Košice, Mannheim, Milan, Florence, Barcelona, Podgorica, Strasbourg, Gdańsk, Paris, London, Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Taipei, Fort Worth, and Los Angeles.
Strategic partners: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Erste Stiftung, Open Society Foundation
Partners: Green European Foundation, National Democratic Institute, International Republican Institute, Graphisoft Park
The language of the conference is English, but those who follow the event online will also have access to all panels with simultaneous interpretation in Hungarian.
The program for the Budapest Forum is available here.
Register for the forum here.