President IVO in the assembly of the World Movement for Democracy in Seoul

From the 1st  to the 4th of November 2015 Grigorij Mesežnikov attended the 8th Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy (WMD), which was held in Seoul (South Korea).

On the 2nd of November 2015, he had a presentation and took part in a panel discussionPreparing Civil Society for its Role in Successful Transitions, Protecting New Democracies, and guarding against Extremist Movements”.  

The Program of the Panel Discussion:

  • Moderator:
    • Barbara Haig, National Endowment for Democracy (USA)
  • Rapporteur:
    • Ryota Jonen, World Movement for Democracy – Japan
  • Presenters:
    • Igor Blaževič, Center for Democracy and Culture – Czech Republic
    • Grigorij Mesežnikov, Institute for Public Affairs – Slovakia
    • Oriab Al Rantawi, Al Quds Center for Political Studies – Jordan
    • Svitlana Zalishchuk, Member of Parliament – Ukraine

On 3rd November 2015, the President of IVO participated in a regional workshop - “Central and Eastern Europe: How Can Civil Society Respond to Russia’s Efforts to Hinder Democratic Transitions and European Integration?”  

The Workshop Program:

  • Moderator:
    • Jacek Kucharczyk, Institute of Public Affairs (Warsaw)
  • Rapporteur :
    • Rodger Potocki (NED)
  • Speakers:
    • Jelena Milić, Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (Belgrade)
    • Grigorij Mesežnikov, Institute for Public Affairs (Bratislava)
    • Svitlana Zalishchuk, member of parliament (Ukraine)
    • Ivana Korajlić, Transparency International Bosnia and Hercegovina

On the same day 3rd November 2015, G. Mesežnikov participated in a workshop - “Network of Democracy Research Institutes (NDRI): The Global Authoritarian Challenge”. 

The Workshop Program:

  • Moderators:
    • Marc Plattner, Vice President for Research and Studies of NED
    • Chris Walker, Executive Director of International Forum for Democratic Studies
  • Rapporteur :
    • Melissa Aten (NED)
  • Speakers:
    • Ghia Nodia, Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (Georgia)
    • Grigorij Mesežnikov, Institute for Public Affairs (Slovakia)
    • Katrin Kinzelbach, Global Public Policy Institute (Germany)
    • Ladan Boroumand, Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation (Iran)

On 4th November 2015, the President of IVO participated in a workshop - “How NGOs integrated by multi-partisan actors can strengthen the democratic quality”.  

The Workshop Program:

  • Moderator:
    • Diego Sueiras (Foundation Nueva Generation Argentina) Argentina
  • Co-Moderator:
    • Hans Tippenhauer (Foundation Espoir) Haiti
  • Rappourter:
    • Patricia Galdamez (Democracy, Transparency, Justice Foundation) El Salvador
  • Speakers:
    • Anthony Smith, United Kingdom (Westminster Foundation for Democracy)
    • Praba Ganesan, Malaysia (KUASA)
    • Dajana Berisha, Albania/Kosovo (Forum for Civic)
    • Grigorij Mesežnikov, Slovakia (Institute for Public Affairs)

Besides the above mentioned panel discussions and workshops, on 2nd November 2015, G. Mesežnikov participated in the discussion during a breakfast meeting, organised by the International Republican Institute (IRI), on the theme The Role of youth in democratic reforms. The discussion was led by Tom Garret, vice-president of IRI.

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