Day of Fora
Civil Society Forum
The 2015 civil society forum was organized in partnership with the renowned Salvadoran NGO, CECADE Centre for Training and Promotion of Democracy, and aimed to discuss the variety of opportunities and challenges for civil society in different regions.
Participants from all over the world considered, inter alia, issues of transparency, open government and social control in democratic societies, creating an enabling environment for civil society development as well as developing inclusive societies for democracy with attention to vulnerable groups, and forging active citizenship. They also explored possible avenues for enhanced cooperation between the Community of Democracies and existing regional and global civil society networks.
Private Sector Forum
Organized in partnership with FUNDEMAS - Fundación Empresarial para la Acción Social, the private sector forum concentrated on public-private dialogue, human rights and the quality of employment. Panel discussions and good business practice debates gathered participants from all-sized business entities in the region as well as representatives of NGOs and international organizations.
Through its representation of the people, parliaments are institutions which construct the foundations of democracy. While they deal mostly with domestic political issues, the challenges of the modern world are very often global and cannot be addressed by any country or national parliament individually.
The Parliamentary Meeting in San Salvador provided an opportunity for representatives of the core democratic institutions to discuss how global threats and challenges can be defeated or resolved together and strengthen democracy worldwide. The international cooperation of democratically elected parliamentarians is indispensable to creating effective strategies for advancing democracy and development around the world.
The eighth Ministerial Conference partnered with Juventud, a group within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, to coordinate the 2015 Forum on Youth, Democracy and Social Inclusion.
The Youth Forum in San Salvador considered a variety of factors pertaining to the participation of youth as well as determining a route for a strong involvement in democracy. Two topics were covered during the panels at the forum – Democracy 2.0 and Beyond Politics in Youth Affairs, which brought together experiences from women’s rights activists, journalists and political scientists. The youth are a crucial demographic of a country and are tomorrow’s future leaders. This event was meant to discuss both strengths and challenges that youth are experiencing in El Salvador and around the world.