Forum 2000 Conferences

About the project

The idea for the Forum 2000 Conference originated in 1997, when former Czech President Václav Havel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel, and philanthropist Yohei Sasakawa invited world leaders to Prague to discuss the challenges humanity was facing on the threshold of a new millennium. Since then, Forum 2000 evolved into a successful and widely recognized conference series, where distinguished guests continue to address a diverse international community on topics ranging from religious dialogue to human rights and national security.

According to former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, “The best way to turn philosophy into action is to bring together the philosophers and actors as President Havel does at Forum 2000.” Over the years, Forum 2000 has also become a true Prague tradition, followed closely by the media, political, intellectual, and business elites, and the interested public.

Distinguished Participants

Among the more than 700 personalities who have so far taken part in the Forum 2000 Conferences have been His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Elie Wiesel, Madeleine Albright, Mary Robinson, Rabbi Michael Melchior, José Ramos Horta, George Soros, Richard von Weizsäcker, Immanuel Wallerstein, Francis Fukuyama, Robert Cooper, Vartan Gregorian, Prince Hassan bin Talal, Grigory Yavlinsky, Henry Kissinger, Zygmunt Bauman, and Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

Goal of the Conferences

Since the beginning, the aim of the Forum 2000 Conferences was to map the globalization process and to note its positive results as well as the perils encountered by an increasingly interconnected world. It has always striven to maintain an up-to-date dialogue about important and difficult issues that are key to the future of civilization. The discussions at the Conference explore and analyze the roots of terrorism, the role of religion, anthropological theories of conflict in civilization, and in general, problems which are fundamental to these ongoing conflicts. The Forum 2000 delegates also discuss how to handle the global variety of cultures, ideologies and religions; whether democracy is an answer on the global level; and what the role of the media is in the conflict of perceptions. 

The goal of these discussions is to achieve a better understanding of our globalized world and of the key challenges facing mankind. Forum 2000 provides global political, intellectual, spiritual, and business leaders with the proper venue to voice their concerns as well as to look for ways to address them.

20th Forum 2000 Conference

The Courage to Take Responsibility

The life and work of Václav Havel, an intellectual, an author, a political prisoner, a human rights defender and a president of a country, is an amazing example of democratic leadership and of taking personal responsibility for the state of public affairs and the world as a whole. Nevertheless, today´s democratic leadership seems to be in crisis, contending with a lack of vision, responsibility, and perhaps even courage to lead.

More information

A selection of photographs from previous years

More photographs can be found at each conference page

Previous years of the Forum 2000 Conference

The Courage to Take Responsibility
October 16, 2016 - October 19, 2016
Democracy and Education
September 13, 2015 - September 16, 2015
Democracy and Its Discontents
October 12, 2014 - September 15, 2014
Societies in Transition
September 15, 2013 - September 17, 2013
Media and Democracy
October 21, 2012 - October 23, 2012
Democracy and the Rule of Law
October 9, 2011 - October 11, 2011
The World We Want to Live In
October 10, 2010 - October 12, 2010
Democracy and Freedom in a Multipolar World
October 11, 2009 - October 13, 2009
Openness and Fundamentalism in the 21st Century
October 12, 2008 - October 14, 2008
Freedom and Responsibility
October 7, 2007 - October 9, 2007
The Dilemmas of Global Co-Existence
October 8, 2006 - October 10, 2006
Our Global Co-Existence
October 9, 2005 - October 10, 2005
Civil Society in a Globalized World
October 17, 2004 - October 19, 2004
Bridging Global Gaps
October 15, 2003 - October 17, 2003
Searching For Global Consensus
October 18, 2002 - October 20, 2002
Human Rights – Search for Global Responsibility
October 14, 2001 - October 17, 2001
Process of World Integration – Alternative Visions
October 10, 1999 - October 13, 1999
Globalization – Experiences, Instruments, Procedures
October 11, 1998 - October 14, 1998
Concerns and Hopes on the Threshold of the New Millennium
September 3, 1997 - September 6, 1997