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Budapest Forum for Building Sustainable Democracies

On September 16-17, 2021, Budapest Municipality, Political Capital, and CEU Democracy Institute held the inaugural Budapest Forum for Building Sustainable Democracies, intending to establish a new annual event. The conference, which brings together domestic and foreign experts, journalists, activists, and policymakers, provided a forum for strategic thinking on our era's critical political, social, economic, and environmental transformations affecting Hungary, the wider region, and the whole world.

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During the two-day conference, we covered the following topics:

  • democratic sustainability: rebuilding and consolidating democracy in the age of populism;
  • social and economic sustainability: addressing inequalities during and after the coronavirus epidemic;
  • environmental sustainability: the need for bold policies to accelerate the green transition;
  • technological sustainability: policy responses to rapid technological change and public health challenges.

The final program is available here.

Read the summaries of the panels by clicking on the titles below.

Watch the recording of every panel, including the welcome speech by Gergely Karacsony, Mayor of Budapest, the opening speeches by Laszlo Bruszt, DI's Co-Director, Peter Kreko, Political Capital's Director and David Koranyi, Head of Diplomacy at Budapest City Hall, and the keynote speech by Jean Asselborn, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Luxembourg, here.

Our partners were: Heinrich Böll Foundation, ERSTE Foundation, Center For European Policy Analysis, National Democratic Institute, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Graphisoft Park, Green European Foundation,  Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Budapest, Embassy of Germany in Budapest, International Republican Institute, and Open Society Foundations.