2020 Copenhagen Democracy Summit

June 18-19, 2020

The Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2020

Due to the latest developments with COVID-19, The Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2020 will take place virtually. The summit will still gather guests from around the world to discuss the state of democracy. Guests include leaders and thinkers from business and politics, civil society, media, academics and students. General topics this year will focus on US global leadership and 2020 elections, democracy and tech, responsible business, and defending democracy during pandemic times.

Please see full agenda below.

Watch the full CDS program here.

Democracy Defenders

Featuring democracy defenders in partnership with International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI), European Endowment for Democracy (EED), and the George W. Bush Institute

Agenda

Please note that times are subject to change.

Thursday, June 18

DEMOCRACY IN ACTION

14:00 – 14:10 (CET)   Welcome to Copenhagen Democracy Summit 

14:10 - 14:30  (CET)  Fighting for Democracy – From the Battlegrounds of Hong Kong

    • Joshua Wong, Secretary-General, Demosisto
    • Moderator: Ryan Heath, Senior Editor, Politico

14:35 - 15:30 (CET)  United in Democracy We Stand

    • Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Fellow, Human Freedom, George W. Bush Institute
    • Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
    • Derek Mitchell, President, National Democratic Institute (NDI)
    • Jerzy Pomianowski, Executive Director, European Endowment for Democracy (EED)
    • Daniel Twining, President, International Republican Institute (IRI)
    • Moderator: Ryan Heath, Senior Editor, Politico

15:30 – 15:45 (CET) Break 

15:45 – 17:00 (CET) Democracy Defenders 

Featuring Democracy Activists in partnership with International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI), European Endowment for Democracy (EED), George W. Bush Institute and University of Denver

Breakout 1: Keeping Democracy Activism Alive during COVID-19 - Sharing your Story

    • Myo Myint Aung, Executive Director, Open Society Myanmar
    • Lavdim Hamidi, Editor-in-Chief and Journalist, Web Portal "Front Online"
    • Lee Chean Chung, State Assemblyman, Semambu Constituency, Pahang
    • Mariam Jalabi, Syrian Opposition Representative, United Nations
    • Moderator: Jonas Parello-Plesner, Executive Director at Alliance of Democracies Foundation

Breakout 2: Elections and Disinformation Keeping on the Democratic Track during COVID-19

    • Luis Assardo, Journalist and Founder, Confirmado
    • Darko Brkan, Director of Zasto Ne
    • Nang Moe Sandi Lwin, Senior Program Officer, International Foundation for Electoral Systems
    • Min Hsuan Wu “Ttcat,” Co-founder and CEO, Doublethink Lab (DTL)
    • Moderator: Tanit Koch, Editor-in-Chief Central Newsroom RTL and Managing Director n-tv

Breakout 3: Ensuring Women’s Rights during a Pandemic 

    • Sitabile Dewa, Founder and Executive Director, Women’s Academy for Leadership and Political Excellence (WALPE) 
    • Anna Nikoghosyan, Co-Founder, FemHouse Armenia
    • Amalia Toledo, Lawyer, Fundación Karisma
    • Homa Usmany, Executive Director, Zardozi
    • Moderator: Marie Berry, Assistant Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Friday, June 19

SESSION 1: DEFENDING DEMOCRACY DURING COVID-19

13:00 – 13:15 (CET)  Introduction

    • Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Chairman, Former Prime Minister of Denmark and Secretary General of NATO

13:15 – 13:30 (CET) Defending Democracy during COVID-19 

    • President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen

13:30 – 13:55 (CET) Democracy Under Pandemic Pressure - The Democracy Perception Index

    • Nico Jaspers, CEO, Dalia Research
    • Moderator: Jeanne Meserve, Former Anchor and Correspondent, CNN and ABC News
  • 13:55 – 14:20 (CET) Curbing the Authoritarian Advance: Foreign Interference in Democracies
    • Malcolm Turnbull, Former Prime Minister, Australia
    • Moderator: Jeanne Meserve, Former Anchor and Correspondent, CNN and ABC News

14:20 – 14:45 (CET) Protecting Democracy in Times of COVID-19 – European Perspective

    • Věra Jourová,Vice-President, European – Commission for Values and Transparency
    • Moderator: Jeanne Meserve, Former Anchor and Correspondent, CNN and ABC News

14:45 – 14:55  (CET) Break

SESSION 2: US GLOBAL LEADERSHIP ON DEMOCRACY

14:55 – 15:20 (CET) US Global Leadership in 2020 Elections and Beyond

    • John Kerry, Former U.S. Secretary of State
    • Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Chairman, Former Prime Minister of Denmark and Secretary General of NATO
    • Moderator: Ryan Heath, Senior Editor, Politico

15:20 – 15:45 (CET) Military Backbone for Democracy

    • Mircea Geoana,Deputy Secretary General, NATO
    • Moderator: Jeanne Meserve, Former Anchor and Correspondent, CNN and ABC News

15:45 – 16:10 (CET) Democratic Backsliding and US Global Leadership

    • Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State
    • Anders Fogh Rasmussen,Chairman, Former Prime Minister of Denmark and Secretary General of NATO
    • Moderator: Ryan Heath, Senior Editor, Politico

16:10 – 16:20 (CET) Democracy going Transatlantic 

    • Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State
    • Fritz Mayer, Dean, University of Denver
    • Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Chairman, Former Prime Minister of Denmark and Secretary General of NATO
SESSION 3: BUSINESS AND TECH RESPONSIBILITY FOR DEMOCRACY

16:20 – 16:40 (CET) Democracy and Responsible Business Part: 1

    • Lars Rebien Sørensen, Chairman Novo Nordisk
    • Moderator: Lisbeth Knudsen, Editor-in-chief, Mandag Morgen

16:40 – 17:00 (CET) Democracy and Responsible Business Part: 2

    • Matthew Prince, CEO, Cloudflare
    • Moderator: Lisbeth Knudsen, Editor-in-chief, Mandag Morgen

17:00 – 17:30 (CET) Democracy, Digital and Pandemics 

    • Brad Smith, President, Microsoft
    • Moderator: Ryan Heath, Senior Editor, Politico

17:30 - 18:00 (CET) China and the Challenge to Free Societies

    • Michael R. Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State
    • Moderator: Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Chairman, Former Prime Minister of Denmark and Secretary General of NATO

18:00 - 18:05 (CET) Closing remarks

    • Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Chairman, Former Prime Minister of Denmark and Secretary General of NATO

Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2020

Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2020

The Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2020 will take place virtually. The summit will still gather guests from around the world to discuss the state of democracy. Guests include leaders and thinkers from business and politics, civil society, media, academics and students. General topics this year will focus on US global leadership and 2020 elections, democracy and tech, responsible business, and defending democracy during pandemic times.

Join the Summit here.

Supporters

Supporters of the Alliance of Democracies play a vital role in enabling us to run effective initiatives and to host a Summit of high quality, that ensures an open debate about important aspects of a democratic future. We would like to thank all our supporters of the 2020 Copenhagen Democracy Summit for their contribution.