World Movement for Democracy to host 2022 assembly in Taiwan for first time

11/18/2021 08:26 PM
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Image taken from World Movement for Democracy website
Image taken from World Movement for Democracy website

Taipei, Nov. 18 (CNA) The World Movement for Democracy (WMD), a global network dedicated to promoting democracy, will hold its next Global Assembly in Taiwan for the first time, which would involve workshops, talks, and award presentations.

The WMD is partnering with the non-profit organization, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, and other Taiwanese civil society groups to host its key assembly in Taipei from Oct. 24-27, 2022, it said in a press statement Wednesday.

Some 400 democracy activists, experts, and donors from dozens of countries will gather in Taipei to take part in a wide range of workshops and panel discussions to share their expertise in building resilient democratic institutions and defending civic space, the statement said.

The assembly aims to "build greater unity of effort to counter today's authoritarian challenges and help foster democratic momentum" and allow youth leaders to "develop collective strategies to mobilize political action to achieve their democratic ambitions," the statement noted.

During the four-day event, the WMD will also award the World Movement's Democracy Courage Tributes to honor movements that demonstrate extraordinary courage in their work but are often outside the spotlight of world attention, the statement said.

According to the statement, Taiwan was chosen to host the WMD's 11th Global Assembly because the island's success as a vigorous democracy is crucial to efforts to defend today's democratic infrastructure, principles, and ideas.

"As Taiwan supports other countries' efforts to defend democracy, a global community of democracy advocates must embrace and stand with it," the statement added.

Other partners that will join in organizing the event include the Garden of Hope Foundation, Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBTQ+) Hotline Association, Information Operations Research Group, and Taiwan Youth Association for Democracy, the statement noted.

Launched in 1999, the WMD is a global network of individuals and organizations that cooperate on the promotion of democracy, with the Washington-based National Endowment for Democracy serving as its secretariat, the WMD says on its website. It has in the past hosted the assemblies in different countries, such as Senegal and Peru.

(By Chung Yu-chen and Teng Pei-ju)


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