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New York Times’ Athens Event to Focus on Dangers for Democracy

Athens Democracy Forum (ADF) 2017. Photo by Leigh Vogel for The New York Times ADF

Prominent personalities from the fields of politics, economy, entrepreneurship and academia during September 16-18 will gather in the Greek capital to participate in the Athens Democracy Forum 2018.

Under the theme, “Democracy in Danger: Solutions for a Changing World”, the forum is once again organized by the New York Times in collaboration with the United Nations (UN) Democracy Fund, the City of Athens and Kathimerini Greek daily newspaper.

According to an announcement, The New York Times will bring together its senior journalists with international business leaders, policy makers, and a broad variety of experts to debate and discuss the current state of democracy with a focus on new solutions. Among the participants are Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General, Council of Europe; Giorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens; Kishore Mahbubani, Former President, UN Security Council; Mark Malloch-Brown, Chair, International Crisis Group and Marcos Peña, Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, Argentina.

The agenda addresses issues will include:

Acropolis Museum in Athens. Photo © Maria Theofanopoulou

Acropolis Museum in Athens. Photo © Maria Theofanopoulou

– The allure of the illiberal: Are there flaws in the classic models of democracy?
– When technology collides with citizenship: How are rapid technological advances changing the nature of politics?
– Identity, diversity and inclusion: How can democracies preserve human rights amid pervasive populist backlashes?

Within the framework of the forum, the City of Athens on September 16 will honor Joaquim Chissano, Former President of the Republic of Mozambique, with the City of Athens Democracy Award.

Democracy and Books Weekend at Costa Navarino.

The award was established in 2016, to mark the UN International Day of Democracy, which is celebrated annually on September 15.

The Athens Democracy Forum 2018 will take place at the Zappeion Megaron Hall, the Acropolis Museum and the Stoa of Attalos.

Furthermore, it will include the Democracy & Books Weekend, an event scheduled to take place during September 14-16 – prior to the forum’s opening –  at the premises of Costa Navarino in Messinia.

For more information on the program of events, press here.

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