Citizen Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival

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Citizen Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival

Citizen Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival

The Citizen Participation & Deliberative Democracy Festival is an open event that brings together people of diverse backgrounds that are interested in, and working on, citizen engagement and deliberative democracy in Europe (and beyond). These include representatives from EU Member States, EU institutions, civil society organisations, academia, as well as youth and the arts. The programme generally features a variety of events including open discussions, interactive sessions, an exhibition of citizen engagement projects and artwork. The festival is also the principal networking event for the Community of Practice of the Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy.

 

The theme for the 5th Festival will be the engagement of citizens in addressing environmental issues. This includes, for instance, transversal concerns of the Triple Planetary Crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution crises, agriculture and energy policies, as well as regional and local issues such greening cities and sustainable living. Over the last few years, and in response to these issues, we have seen a growing number of participatory processes, such as citizen assemblies, focusing on biodiversity and climate change across Europe – and the world – convened both by public and non-governmental bodies at local, regional, national and global levels. It is important that we bring our research, practitioner and policymaker communities together to discuss these initiatives and reflect on how to use these tools to help strengthen our democracies and give citizens a meaningful say in policies that concern them. 

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