Online Global Forum

Online Global Forum 2020: Klima, Schweiz und Zukunft

Covid-19 hat uns alle dazu gezwungen, auf Distanz zusammenarbeiten zu lernen. Diesen digitalen Schwung nutzen wir für das erste «Online Global Forum». Es findet zwischen dem 21. und 29. September 2020 statt und bietet Interessierten Einblicke und Mitwirkungsmöglichkeiten zu Themen wie «Coronademokratie», «Demokratische Impulse für die Klimaarbeit» und «Direkte Demokratie der Zukunft». Willkommen in unserer wachsenden globalen Demokratie-Community.

Die Teilnahme am Forum ist kostenlos und offen für alle.


Die Schweizer Demokratie Stiftung organisiert und moderiert vier Veranstaltungen während des Online Global Forum 2020. Die Tagungssprache ist Englisch. Moderation: Bruno Kaufmann. Plattform: Zoom.

(1) Montag, 21. September 2020, 14.00-15.30 CEST

Swiss Direct Democracy in Practice: Tools, Issues, Campaigns and Votes

Switzerland has developed one of the world's most vibrant and robust participatory and direct democracies. On September 27, the eligible citizens of the Alpine Republic will decide on important issues regarding Europe, security, hunting, parental leave and child care.

Together with Bern University political scientist Giada Gianola, we kick off the Online Global Forum with a briefing on key aspects of modern direct democracy in Switzerland including the tools of initiative and referendum available and how often they are used, the mayor issues subject to direct democratic agenda-setting and decision-making including the main stakeholders in campaigns and how the pandemic is influencing this very public way of political involvement ahead of the September 27 voting day.

With Giada Gianola, Political Scientist, Swissvotes

After completing a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences and History at the University of Bern, Giada Gianola got her Master's degree in Political Science and International and European Law at the University of Bern and the University of Kent (Canterbury, England). Between 2013 and 2017 she was assistant to Markus Freitag at the Chair of Political Sociology at the University of Bern. From 2017 to 2019 she was a research assistant at Interface Politikstudien Forschung und Beratung in Lucerne. She was involved in the evaluation of policy measures and programmes, particularly in the areas of education and health. Currently, she is a doctoral student at Année Politique Suisse in the context of the SNSF project «Digital Democratic Innovations to Empower Citizens in the Digital Age» (NRP 77).

(2) Dienstag, 22. September 2020, 10.00-11.30 CEST

International Dimensions of Participation. Swiss Inputs to Bridging the Gap

There is an old tension between participatory and direct democratic opportunities within a country and the often less transparent legislation and agreements between nation states. While certain inroads have been made at the transnational level in Europe and worldwide, most negotiations and international agreements are still developed and agreed on far from the citizens affected by them.

International regulation increasingly includes new instruments, new actors and new subject areas. For example, in the context of rapid technological and societal change, soft law instruments have gained in importance. While offering advantages of speediness, flexibility, and adaptability, their growing importance raises questions on the involvement of parliaments and civil society in their elaboration and adoption. There is a need for more international discussion about how this paradigm shift affects the rule of law and democracy.

With Roger Dubach, Deputy Director of International Law at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

Roger Dubach, born in 1974, studied Law at the University of Fribourg and Philosophy at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). In 2003, he joined the diplomatic service of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. From 2016 to 2018, he served as Diplomatic Advisor on G20 issues in the Cabinet of the OECD Secretary-General in Paris, and was appointed by the Federal Council in August 2018 as an Ambassador and Deputy Director of the Directorate of International Law.

(3) Donnerstag, 24. September 2020, 14.00-15.30 CEST

Towards the 2021 Democracy City Summit in Bern, Switzerland

Cities have become the focal point in dealing with global crises on health, the climate and human rights. On the local level, governments are pioneering participatory and direct democratic tools. Local efforts are essential to counter populistic and autocratic attempts to reverse fundamental human rights. The next Global Democracy City Summit in Bern, Switzerland will offer an opportunity for leading democracy cities around the world to share, care, exchange and develop key dimensions of local democracy.

This panel will feature representatives from the host city of Bern and the city of Helsinki, which have developed comprehensive ways of bringing in their citizens locally. We will also meet and learn about two major initiatives to support these local democracy efforts: the European Capital of Democracy project and the Open Government City initiative.

With Claude Longchamp, historian and political scientist (Bern), Anu Markkola, participation designer (Helsinki), José Maria Marín, senior programme officer at open government partnership (Berlin) and Helfried Carl, project director for the European Capital of Democracy (Vienna).

(4) Freitag, 25. September 2020, 14.00-15.30 CEST

The September 27 Popular Voting Day: Issues, Backgrounds and the Role of Public Media

Switzerland´s modern direct democracy is back on track: after postponing the May initiatives and referendums due to the Covid19-lockdown, eligible citizens will decide until September 27 if Switzerland shall continue its free movement agreement with the European Union, buy new military jets for more than 6 billion Swiss francs, allowing wolfs to be hunted, introducing a paternal leave reserved for fathers and reforming its tax code regarding child care deductions. Many cities and cantons of Switzerland are urging voters to use mail-in-options as they want to limit the people turning up at polling stations. In this panel with leading journalists from public service media “Swissinfo” we will discuss the issues at stake, the backgrounds to these decisions as well as the impact of the pandemic onto the processes of direct democracy.

With Larissa M. Bieler, director and editor-in-chief; Renat Künzi, journalist; Domhnall O'Sullivan, journalist and Urs Geiser, journalist (all at Swissinfo, the foreign service channel in ten languages by the Swiss Broadcasting Company).

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