2024 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy Bucharest

The 2024 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy in Bucharest - sign up now!

For the first time in the fifteen-year history of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, the world's largest conference on direct democracy will open its doors in Eastern Europe: the 12th edition of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy will take place in the Romanian capital Bucharest from 15 to 18 May 2024.

The Swiss Democracy Foundation and Democracy International, together with partner organisations, are looking forward to continuing the exchange on strengthening and protecting democracy with experts from all over the world in Bucharest.

An exclusive pre-tour to the Global Forum will take place from 13 to 15 May 2024:

This tour offers participants the unique opportunity to experience democracy in Romania first-hand and to participate directly in practical civil society projects. This offers a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the heart of democratic innovation and civic empowerment in the host country of this Global Forum.



Building confidence in democracy and democratic transformation in Eastern Europe

The year 2024 will be crucial for Romanian democracy. European elections will take place just two weeks after the Forum, followed by local and parliamentary elections later in the year. Against this backdrop, the Global Forum 2024 will focus on one central theme: Trust.

Trust in institutions, media and citizens is crucial for our democracies. It is alarming that less than a quarter of Romanians trust their government and only 12 percent trust their parliament. Without trust, how can we expect to make decisions together and for each other? At the same time, trust in people's sovereignty and in a peaceful Europe is being put to an unprecedented test by the ongoing war in Ukraine, which affects not only Romania but also neighbouring Moldova and the entire Black Sea region.

It is time to reaffirm the fundamental values of democracy and to rebuild an inclusive democracy. Be there in Bucharest and sign up.

More information: www.2024globalforum.com/