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Democracy and Human Rights in Decline? A Call to Action

Democracy and Human Rights in Decline? A Call to Action

Between the 23rd and the 25th of November 2014, under the framework of the Next Generation Democracy Project (NGD), the Club de Madrid and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) partnered to facilitate a policy dialogue -“Democracy and Human Rights in Decline? A Call to
Action”- hosted by the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Forty Club de Madrid Members and 100 renowned experts on democracy from academia, international organizations, think tanks, the private sector and civil society jointly assessed the quality and state of democracy around the world and discussed
transformative ideas and practices that could contribute to preventing its decline.

The policy dialogue launched the NGD Project, a Club de Madrid-led, two-year, multi-stakeholder process that will progressively identify key elements and develop both regional and global action-oriented agendas aimed at advancing democracy. The Bertelsmann Stiftung, one of our main NGD partners, drafted
preliminary regional reports on recent trends and prospects in democratic development. These were then reviewed and enriched by NGD regional partners including the Atlantic Council, the Observer Research Foundation, the Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue (FRIDE), the Latin American
School of Social Sciences (FLACSO), the Carnegie Middle East Center and the Institute for Security Studies. These initial reports constitute the starting point of the NGD Project and can be accessed at

Download the report here.

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