Is public deliberation the key? How citizen assemblies can accelerate climate action

Is public deliberation the key? How citizen assemblies can accelerate climate action


The climate crisis demands democracy reform. Climate assemblies–and similar deliberative mechanisms–can be innovative and important parts in the democratic toolbox. But what works and what doesn’t? What can we learn from existing experiences, both in the Global North and the Global South? How can we best engage citizens to meaningfully participate in climate decision making? This lecture makes the case for more inclusive and effective climate action through citizen deliberation–at the local, national and global level.

This lecture marks the second event in the Stockholm Series of Public Lectures on Climate Change and Democracy. This new initiative is a cooperation between renowned Stockholm-based institutions with a particular focus on climate change and democracy from different perspectives. It aims to inform, inspire, and engage experts and the general public alike by providing high-profile public lectures on the interlinkages between climate change and democracy followed by debate.


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Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA

Nicole Curato, Professor of Political Sociology at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra.

Matthias Jäger, Head of Climate Change and Democracy, International IDEA.

Dr Tim Daw, Project Leader, Swedish Climate Assembly


International IDEA Headquarters, Strömsborgsbron, 111 28 Stockholm, Sweden

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