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2013

Societies in Transition

17th Forum 2000 Conference
September 15–17, 2013, Prague
September 18, 2013, Ostrava, Pilsen, Bratislava, Krakow

 
The 17th annual Forum 2000 Conference was held September 15–18, 2013, in Prague and other cities. More than 130 global leaders from politics, academia, civil society, media, business and religion discussed challenges and threats related to democratic transitions.
 
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Theme

The conference was inspired by the legacy of Forum 2000 founder, Czech President Václav Havel, who dedicated his life to both the struggle for freedom and human dignity against totalitarianism and the transition of his country to an open and thriving democracy.
 
The conference aimed to explore the challenges, opportunities, and risks in transitional processes from the post-Soviet region and the Arab World to Latin America and Asia. The goal was to deepen our understanding of what is necessary to move from authoritarianism to democracy and the causes of the cessation or reversal of these processes. Discussions targeted institutional, constitutional and societal developments, political party dynamics, transitional justice, media, education, foreign policies, as well as cultural factors including religion and historical memory.
 
The conference program can be found here. 
 
 

Delegates

Participants included His Holiness the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, India/TibetAung San Suu Kyi, political leader, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Burma; Chen Guangcheng, lawyer, civil rights activist, China; Frederik Willem de Klerk, former President, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Republic of South Africa; Gareth Evans, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia; Kinga Göncz, Member of European Parliament, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hungary; Yoani Sánchez, blogger and activist, Cuba; Roger Scruton, philosopher, political scientist, United Kingdom; and Yang Jianli, dissident, President and Founder, Initiatives for China, USA/China. 
 
A full list of delegates can be found here.
 
 

Observers

The conference was open to the public free of charge and more than 4,000 observers attended proceedings. Pre-registration was required to participate at the discussions held at Žofín Palace. Discussions and other events held at different venues were open to the public at large without pre-registration. A number of sessions were broadcast live on our website.
  
 

Forum 2000 in Other Cities

Discussion events were also held in Ostrava, Pilsen, Bratislava and Krakow on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. More information is available in the conference program.
 
 

Public Talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

A public talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama entitled “Compassion and Respect in Today’s Society” was held on Saturday, September 14 at the Tipsport Arena, Prague. Read more.
 
 

Conference Partners

 
Special Thanks 
 
Karel Janeček
Libor Malý
Jürgen and Helena Hoffmeister
Marek Lehečka
 
We would also like to express our heartfelt thanks to the many people
who so generously donated to the cause.
 
  
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Friends
 
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Prague   |   ČSOB   |   The U.S. Embassy in Prague   |  Embassy of France in the Czech Republic   |   Embassy of Germany in the Czech Republic   |   Embassy of South Africa in Prague   |   Plavec & Partners, Law Office   |   Maxima Reality, Prague Real Estate Centre   |   Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation   |   Hotel InterContinental Prague   |   Plzeňský Prazdroj   |   B & H   |   Scenografie   |   Hotel Maximilian   |   Goethe-Institut  |  European Parliament Information Office in the Czech Republic   |   People in Need   |   Era World   |   Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague   |   Antiquarian Bookshop Fiducia   |   Pilsen 2015   |   Institute for Public Affairs   |   Villa Decius Association

 
The conference was held under the auspices of RNDr. Tomáš Hudeček, Ph.D., Mayor of Prague.
   

2013

Supported by

Nadace Avast

 

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