21st Forum 2000 Conference
This year´s 21st Forum 2000 Conference will take place in Prague on October 8-10, 2017. “The democratic world is going through difficult times and that is a topic we will not be able to avoid in this year's discussions. Alongside a number of distinguished guests we will try to understand causes of today’s crisis and search for possible solutions. We need to realize that democracy is the only reliable guarantee of freedom for each of us. The populist shortcuts, that may now seem attractive to some, could easily backfire,“ says Jakub Klepal, Executive Director of the Forum 2000 Foundation.
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.
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.
A selection of photographs from previous years
More photographs can be found at each conference page
Previous years of the Forum 2000 Conference
October 16, 2016 - October 19, 2016
September 13, 2015 - September 16, 2015
October 12, 2014 - September 15, 2014
September 15, 2013 - September 17, 2013
October 21, 2012 - October 23, 2012
October 9, 2011 - October 11, 2011
October 10, 2010 - October 12, 2010
October 11, 2009 - October 13, 2009
October 12, 2008 - October 14, 2008
October 7, 2007 - October 9, 2007
October 8, 2006 - October 10, 2006
October 9, 2005 - October 10, 2005
October 17, 2004 - October 19, 2004
October 15, 2003 - October 17, 2003
October 18, 2002 - October 20, 2002
October 14, 2001 - October 17, 2001
October 15, 2000 - October 18, 2000
October 10, 1999 - October 13, 1999
October 11, 1998 - October 14, 1998
September 3, 1997 - September 6, 1997