Democratic Solidarity 2018

Democratic Solidarity in Latin America

Conference organized by the Forum 2000 Foundation

May 2–4, 2018, Santiago de Chile, Chile

The Forum 2000 project Democratic Solidarity organized the third edition of its meeting in Santiago de Chile on May 2-4, 2018.

The objective of the conference was to discuss how to foster international solidarity and strengthen global democratic unity in the framework of the challenges that Latin America is facing. The guests discussed how the regional community can be most effective in applying democratic values and how it can address threats to democracy and human rights. The case studies not only included Venezuela and Cuba, but also Nicaragua and Bolivia, among others. Several distinguished speakers, such as the Nobel Prize Laureates Oscar Arias, Mario Vargas Llosa, human rights activist Tamara Sujú, and the former President of Bolivia Jorge Quiroga gathered in Santiago de Chile to discuss what lies ahead for Latin American democracy and what needs to be done in order to improve democratic and human rights standards. 

The event consisted of a full day private working meeting of politicians, experts and activists and a public discussion entitled “Socialism, Populism and Democracy in Latin America: Present and Future” organized in cooperation with Fundación para el Progreso at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Socialism, Populism and Democracy in Latin America: Present and Future

May 4, 2018, Santiago de Chile, Chile

La Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 390, Santiago, Región Metropolitana
Salón Fresno

The public discussion was attended by more than 700 students and members of civil society. The event was opened by a welcome speech given by Ignacio Sánchez Díaz, the Rector of the University, Roberto Ampuero, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jakub Klepal, Executive Director of Forum 2000 and finally by Oscar Arias, the honorary President of Democratic Soidarity. The first panel, entitled América Latina 2018: Panorama Actual hosted Mario Vargas Llosa, Tamara Sujú, Juan Pablo Cardenal and Jorge Quiroga and was moderated by Axel Kaiser. The ongoing violation of human rights, drug trafficking and the prevailing corruption in countries such as Venezuela were one of the many topics discussed. China´s subversive influence in the Latin America region was also thoroughly analyzed by Juan Pablo Cardenal – a topic hardly discussed in the region.

The second panel, called "América Latina: Expectativas y Oportunidades" included the panelists Antonio Ledezma, Rosa María Payá, Mariana Aylwin, Álvaro Vargas Llosa, the student representative Francisco Ramirez Gomez and was moderated by Jorge Sahd from Centre of International Relations at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Antonio Ledezma and Rosa María Payá both made a strong call for international solidarity for people in their respective countries - Venezuela and Cuba. The former Chilean Minister, Mariana Aylwin, highlighted the fact that according to national statistics, Chile's high school students would actually validate a dictatorship, if it would resolve certain problems in the country and pointed out the alarming fact that democracy has not been valued enough. On the other hand, Francisco Ramírez, the young Chilean student present in the panel, discussed the importance of youth and young leaders in the modern day society and the potential that they have in building and supporting democracy. The speakers agreed that all dictatorships must be fought, any other attitude is immoral and that each generation must participate in such a battle.

Finally, space was given to the participation of the public, who asked questions and presented their reflections. You may watch the event in the video below and learn about the more detailed summary of the event in the report.





Previous years

Democratic Solidarity 2017
March 29, 2017 - March 30, 2017
Democratic Solidarity 2016
January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Democratic Solidarity 2015
January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015
Democratic Solidarity 2014
January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Democratic Solidarity 2013
January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013