World Forum for Democracy – Youth Delegation

The Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy is an annual gathering of leaders, opinion-makers, civil society activists, representatives of business, social innovators, academia, and media to debate key challenges for democracies worldwide and encourage democratic innovation.

“Democracy and information” is the theme of the World Forum for Democracy in 2019 with two main threads:
– Democracy dies in darkness: are we getting the information we need?
– Information and the Future: lost in space or masters of our own fate?

In this context, the Youth Department of the Council of Europe is inviting 50-60 young people to participate and engage with decision-makers and opinion-formers in a reflection on the question of Democracy and Information.

Preparing for the World Forum on Democracy
To best prepare for the World Forum, selected participants will gather in Strasbourg two days before the start of the World Forum to learn about the Council of Europe and its work with youth, to get to know each other, to develop their ideas, plan their actions and work together.
All selected participants should arrive on Sunday 3rd November and depart on Saturday 9th November.
The youth preparation meeting will take place for all participants on 4th and 5th November in the European Youth Centre before the World Forum begins on 6th of November 2019.


During the World Forum for Democracy
The youth participants will join the different labs and side events. Participants may also be given particular roles in the labs and side-events according to their interests and competences (rapporteurs, moderators, audience…).


Who can apply
Eligible candidas should:
– Be aged 18-30 (exceptions can be made in special cases); 
– Be able to communicate and work in English;
– Be actively involved in civil society democracy initiatives;
– Be motivated to contribute to developing new ideas on youth and democracy;
– Be ready to share own challenges faced in relation to media, fake news, information and its effects on democracy;
– Be ready to adopt a solution-oriented approach by bringing in new ideas and visions on the question of media, fake news, information and democracy;
– Be available to participate fully in the World Forum for Democracy and the preparation process beforehand.
A few limited places will allow for participants from the previous editions of the World Forum to participate.

How to apply
All candidates must submit an online application form.
They should also post a short 1-minute video on YouTube or another video platform that can be accessed easily, with the link attached to the online application form.
The video should tell the entrants’ motivation to attend the WFD. If the link to the video is not accessible the application will not be considered. If for reasons of personal security candidates do not wish to post on a public platform then the secretariat should be contacted before the deadline at

Please note that selected participants requiring a visa to come to Strasbourg will need to start visa procedures immediately after being informed of their selection.


The common working language of the event will be English.
Travel expenses and visa costs will be reimbursed upon presentation of the relevant receipts, according to the rules of the Council of Europe.
Board and lodging are provided and paid for by the Council of Europe (arrival on Sunday 3rd November and departure on Saturday 9th November).
Participants will be accommodated at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg (EYCS).


Deadline: the application form including the video link must be submitted on-line before 12 July 2019 CET 13:00 (1 p.m.) together with a support letter from your NGO/sending organisation if this is relevant.

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