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Summit for Democracy Newsletter: February 2024

Dear Summit for Democracy Friends,

We hope all is well with you! Learn more about a S4D Travel Fund for Civil Society, Partners for Democracy Day 2024, and events during the 2nd day of the Summit.

The Summit4Democracy newsletter is a joint initiative of the Global Democracy Coalition powered by Accountability Lab and International IDEA. The newsletter seeks to ensure that organizations involved in the Summit for Democracy and related processes are able to stay up-to-date on the activities, issues, and initiatives that emerged from those processes.

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Summit for Democracy Updates

Youth Democracy Cohort's #YouthInAction Campaign
  • S4D Travel Fund for Civil Society: To support in-person participation by members of civil society during the second day of the Summit for Democracy, a travel fund has been created that will aid in covering expenses for representatives and individuals to attend S4D3. Each organization is eligible to nominate one representative. Interested parties can apply here.
  • The Deliberative Democracy and Citizens’ Assemblies Cohort released a Call to Action for the Third Summit for Democracy. 
  • Ahead of the third edition of the Summit for Democracy, the Youth Democracy Cohort launches a campaign called #YouthInAction to refocus on the commitments that improve Youth Political Participation (found in the Menu of Possible Commitments). The aim is to garner momentum for greater improvement of youth political participation rights.
  • On Day 2 of the Summit for Democracy, please join the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and the Australian Election Commission for a showcase of the Building Resources in Democracy, Governance, and Elections (BRIDGE) training module on disability rights and elections. This session is open to all participants, including government officials, civil society, and technology companies. Utilizing BRIDGE’s interactive learning format, participants will learn how to include people with disabilities in all aspects of the electoral cycle, including as voters, candidates, poll workers and election observers. A focus will be put on inclusion of young people with disabilities, and how to mitigate the unique barriers they experience as a result of ableism and ageism, as well as examples of accessible election technology that can make elections more inclusive. Sample commitments that states can make around disability-inclusive democracy and governance, developed in consultation with disability rights advocates from around the world, will be shared with all participants.
  • The co-leads of the Financial Transparency and Integrity (FTI) Cohort, International Cooperation for Anti-Corruption Cohort, and Anti-Corruption Policies Cohort plan to hold a joint session on the Day 2 of the 3rd Summit for Democracy in Seoul. The session will examine progress, challenges, and the use of technology in advancing anti-corruption priorities and commitments identified through the democracy cohorts. The session will be open to the public.

S4D Stakeholder Updates

GDC Forum 2024
  • 2024 Global Democracy Coalition Forum: Anticipated as a week-long celebration for democracy, the Global Democracy Coalition Forum 2024 aims to provide a space for dialogue on democracy, bringing together a diverse and multi-sectoral group of democracy organizations from the Global Democracy Coalition, policymakers, and democracy advocates from around the world. The 2024 GDC Forum will consist of four Regional Forums, followed by a Global Forum on March 15. The following organizations will lead as regional hosts
    • On 11 March, REDLAD will host the Americas Regional Forum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    • On 12 March, Political Watch will host the Europe Regional Forum in Barcelona, Spain
    • On 13 March, Yiaga Africa (in collaboration with Carter Center, Accountability Lab Zambia and Defend Defenders) will host the Africa Regional Forum in Accra, Ghana
    • On 14 March, Alliance for Vietnam´s Democracy will host the Asia-Pacific Regional Forum in Seoul, South Korea
    • On 15 March, Global Democracy Coalition will host the Global Forum in Seoul, South Korea
  • Partners for Democracy Day 2024: The GDC is organizing its second Partners for Democracy Day, scheduled for March 19, 2024. The event aims to provide an additional platform for civil society, international organizations, academic institutions, think tanks, philanthropic organizations, and the private sector, enabling their voices to be heard in the Summit discussions and the global democracy debate to complement and enrich the Summit for Democracy 2024. 

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