Past CCD Activities
The Brussels Roundtable on Democracy in Europe
Under a grant from the United Nations Democracy Fund, and in partnership with the European Partnership for Democracy, CCD helped organize a 2-day meeting on issues related to Europe's increasing role in supporting democracy efforts around the world. Held in Brussels, Belgium from May 25-26, this final regional roundtable brought together nearly 40 international civil society representatives to discuss the situations in Egypt, Belarus, and the role of the European Union in response to the Arab Spring.
To read agenda for this conference, click here.
CCD's report on the Brussels Roundtable may be read here.
The Role of the Private Sector in
Support of Democracy
Hosted by the Organization of American States and in partnership with the Community of Democracies Working Group on Poverty, Development & Democracy, co-chaired by the Governments of Chile and Italy, the Center for International Private Enterprise and the Council of the Americas, CCD helped organized a half-day seminar on the role of the private sector in support of democracy in the Americas. Over 80 participants gathered to discuss the relationship between the private sector and democracy support, including such distinguished panelists as First Lady of El Salvador Vanda Guiomar Pignato, Michael Hershman, Founder of Transparency International, Berlin, Scott Miller, Director of Global Trade Policy for Proctor & Gamble, among others.
The Rosario Roundtable on Democracy in the Americas
Under a grant from the United Nations Democracy Fund, and in partnership with the Latin American & Caribbean Network for Democracy (LACND), the Argentina New Generation Foundation and the World Movement for Democracy, CCD helped organize a 3-day meeting on issues related to the CD working groups in Rosario, Argentina from April 7 - 9, 2011. Over 80 civil society leaders and democracy activists from the region attended and discussed issues such as gender equality; good governance & corruption, enabling & protecting civil society; democracy education and others.
To read more about this conference, click here.
The recommendations compiled at the Rosario Roundtable can be found in the ISC's Recommendations that were presented at the Vilnius Ministerial. To view them, please click here.
The Doha Roundtable on Democracy in the Middle East and North Africa
In partnership with the Arab Democracy Foundation, CCD held a civil society roundtable in Doha, Qatar to discuss issues of democracy and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa from January 9-10, 2011. Participants developed a series of recommendations to be presented to the governments of the Community of Democracies at the June 30 - July 1 Vilnius Ministerial. This meeting was held as protests in Tunisia were strengthening, which culminated in the collapse of the regime only days later and provided a new opening for the development of democracy in the MENA region.
The Ulaanbaatar Roundtable on Democracy in Asia
The Ulaanbataar Roundtable on Democracy, which occurred on September 28-30, 2010 in Ulaanbataar brought together 35 democracy activists from the region. The purpose of this roundtable was to give voice to local civil society leaders regarding democratic development in the region and to provide concrete and timely recommendations to the working groups of the CD and to the current chair, Lithuania. Discussions centered on the topics of the working groups, including: enabling & protecting civil society; gender equality; poverty, development & democracy; regional cooperation; and promoting democracy and responding to national & transnational threats to democracy. Democracy education was also a theme discussed at this meeting. This roundtable further afforded civil society early engagement with the Government of Mongolia, which will succeed Lithuania as the chair of the CD and host the Seventh Ministerial in 2013.
September 23, 2010: United Nations Democracy Caucus is Convened in New York
July 2-4, 2010: CCD Publishes Second Edition of the Diplomat's Handbook
July 2-4, 2010: Civil Society Plays Key Role in Krakow High Level Democracy Meeting
May 12, 2010: United States House of Representatives Passes Resolution Commending the Community of Democracies
April 12, 2010: CD Establishes Working Group on Gender Equality and Women's Rights
March 2010: The Community of Democracies Launches the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy
February 2010: Pretoria Civil Society Roundtable on the State of Democracy in Africa
CCD Accomplishments in 2009 and Looking Ahead to 2010
November 2009: Europe Signals Greater Engagement in the Community of Democracies
April 30-May 1, 2009: Asia Roundtable of the Community of Democracies non-Governmental Process
March 2009: Community of Democracies Seminar Addresses Implications of Global Economic and Financial Crisis on Democratic Governance
March 4, 2009: ISC/CD Calls for Release of Human Rights Lawyer in China
November 2008: CCD Board Task Force Issues Recommendations to Obama Administration on Democracy Promotion
November 2008: CCD Publishes Third Pocantico Report, "Implementing the Global Strategic Plan for Democracy Education"
August 7, 2008: ISC/CD Condemns Coup in Mauritania, Urges Peaceful Resolution of Political Crisis and Restoration of Constitutional Governance
July 3, 2008: CCD and Fund for Peace Issue Joint Statement on Zimbabwe
June 2008: CCD Releases Budapest Conference Report, "Prospects for Democratic Transition in the Middle East and North Africa: Implications of the Central/East European and African Experiences"