The Tenth Global Assembly

The World Movement for Democracy proudly announces the 2021 Global Assembly! With the theme “Towards Successful Transitions: New Opportunities and Emerging Challenges,” the World Movement is convening a series of conferences to:

  • Empower civil society actors to make democratic transitions successful
  • Mobilize global solidarity with those in severely restrictive environments

World Movement Assemblies gather the world’s leading experts on democracy movements, civil society activists, scholars, parliamentarians, thought leaders, journalists, and funders to discuss how we can help democracies thrive and grow. As they have since 1999, our Assemblies allow attendees to exchange practical knowledge and innovative approaches that they can use in their work, network with colleagues, and learn from each other.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible to organize in-person gatherings as we had in the past, it did also give us an exciting opportunity to reimagine our Global Assembly. This year’s Assembly, running from April to July 2021, includes:

  • 6 national-level discussions in countries such as Mali, Sudan, Tunisia, and Ukraine
  • 6 regional virtual dialogues in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East/North Africa
  • A virtual Global Exchange (July 7 & 8, 2021)

These activities will be facilitated by the World Movement Secretariat and a diverse set of World Movement participants. Through this locally driven approach, the World Movement aims to make the Global Assembly more dynamic and connected to our work on the ground.

Throughout the many events this year, we will examine our perennial topics of focus:

Transitions: In recent years many countries have successfully transitioned from unrepresentative forms of government into democracies, yet many of these transitions remain fragile. By exchanging lessons learned, the Global Assembly will help civil society activists develop strategies to overcome challenges and to ensure successful transitions.

Solidarity: Solidarity is at the core of what we do. We amplify the voices of democracy activists from many parts of the world and express unflinching support for those under threat. The Global Assembly will provide an important opportunity for democracy activists around the world to express their solidarity with each other collectively.

The Global Assembly meetings are invitation-only events. But the Global Exchange will be streamed on Facebook, so keep an eye on our Facebook page to see those discussions!