Weltforum für Demokratie 2022 – Stimmen der Freiheit in Luzern (original)
Putin's war against Ukraine has brought home that we cannot take liberal democracies and their freedoms for granted.
Ensuring that democracies can survive, and even emerge stronger after being threatened, is not the job of governments and parliaments alone. It is also up to the citizens. This was a point made by former United States President Barack Obama in his 2017 farewell speech when he said: 'The most important office in a democracy: Citizen'.
At the Global Forum for Modern Direct Democracy, which is taking place from September 21-25, participants are presenting their vision of how democracies could be made more robust – and also more democratic.
Irène Kälin, leader of the House of Representatives, Switzerland
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