A Year of

19-20 September | Brussels


International Democracy Day Brussels is an event organised each September to mark the UN International Day of Democracy.

 IDD 2024 will take a global view of this electoral year, with a particular focus on engaging with women and youth.

The full event programme will be available in the upcoming weeks.


13:30 - 14:00

Registration and coffee

14:00 - 14:15

Welcome by Moderator Shada Islam and by a representative of the Committee of the Regions

14:15 - 14:20

Video message by a Member of the European Commission

14:20 - 14:55

Session 1: Elections 2024 - latest state of play

Aminata Touré Aminata Touré
Shada Islam Shada Islam
14:55 - 15:10

Coffee break

15:10 - 15:25

Keynote speech on Elections and science by Professor Michael Bruter (LSE)

Michael Bruter Michael Bruter
15:25 - 16:10

Session 2: Mobilising young people at the ballot box: good practices and challenges

Luis Villaherrera Luis Villaherrera
Viviane Ogou Viviane Ogou
Samuel Kpartor Samuel Kpartor
Pita Limjaroenrat Pita Limjaroenrat
16:10 - 16:20

Coffee break

16:20 - 16:30

Presentation of OECD Trust Survey

Elsa Pilichowski Elsa Pilichowski
16:30 - 17:05

Session 3: International Democracy Day at 10

Patrick Simonnet Patrick Simonnet
Elsa Pilichowski Elsa Pilichowski
Jerzy Pomianowski Jerzy Pomianowski
Richard Youngs Richard Youngs
17:05 - 17:15

Expert comment by Adam Dicko, Association of Youth for Active Citizenship and Democracy

Adam Dicko Adam Dicko
17:15 - 17:20

Final remarks

Shada Islam Shada Islam
08:45 - 09:15

Registration and coffee

09:15 - 09:20

Welcome speech by Moderator Shada Islam

Shada Islam Shada Islam
09:20 - 09:25

Video message by Member of European Commission

09:25 - 10:00

Session 4 - How to counter disinformation at a time of war?

Iryna Fedoriv Iryna Fedoriv
Riham Abu Aita Riham Abu Aita
Khalid Albaih Khalid Albaih
10:00 - 10:15

Presentation on global electoral trends in 2024

Nico Jaspers Nico Jaspers
10:15 - 10:30

Keynote speech by Leopoldo Lopez, Venezuelan opposition leader

Leopoldo López Leopoldo López
10:30 - 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 - 11:20

Session 5: Gender Equality and Authoritarianism

Saskia Brechenmacher Saskia Brechenmacher
Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu
Salma Al-Nims Salma Al-Nims
Sonia Gassemi Sonia Gassemi
Japleen Pasricha Japleen Pasricha
11:20 - 11:35

Keynote speech by Simone Susskind, Actions in the Mediterranean

Simone Susskind Simone Susskind
11:35 - 12:35

Session 6: After the EU elections - what's next for EU support to democracy globally?

Sam van der Staak Sam van der Staak
12:35 - 12:40

Final remarks by Gary Klaukka, ENoP

12:40 -



Iryna Fedoriv

Co-founder, Holka

Nico Jaspers

Co-founder and CEO, Latana

Riham Abu Aita

Co-founder, Kashif

Simone Susskind

Founder, Actions in the Mediterranean

Adam Dicko

Executive Director, Association of Youth for Active Citizenship and Democracy (AJCAD)

Saskia Brechenmacher

Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Salma Al-Nims

Senior Social Affairs officer, Gender Equality and Inclusion, UNESCWA

Sonia Gassemi

Women's rights activist and artist

Japleen Pasricha

Founder-CEO & Editor-in-chief of Feminism in India

Khalid Albaih

Sudanese political cartoonist, civil rights activist and freelance journalist

Leopoldo López

Venezuelan opposition leader

Elsa Pilichowski

Director for Public Governance at the OECD

Sam van der Staak

Director for Europe, International IDEA

Richard Youngs

Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Shada Islam

Managing Director, New Horizons Project Geopolitical Strategy Advice and Analysis

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