The World Forum on Democracy & Peace 2023

"Growing Threats for Democracy Around the World"

(Berlin; February 15-18th, 2023) – Held Parallel to the Berlin Film Festival 2023


February 15th, 2023

February 16th, 2023

February 17th, 2023

February 18th, 2023



Tea, Coffee & Refreshments

Tea, Coffee & Refreshments

Tea, Coffee & Refreshments



“Investing in Children for Sustainable Peace and Effective Democracy”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca
(President of Malta 2014-19)

“What has happened to Diplomacy?”
(Online Lecture & Discussion)
Karin Kneissl    
(Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria)

“Our smaller Brothers: Our Relation with Animals in the Course of History and Now”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Ma?gorzata Tracz
(Member of the Polish Parliament)

(10:30) “The Hate Speech Against Religious Minorities in Pakistan with Reference to Social Media”
Sabir Michael
(President of RASTI Pakistan & of PWDA)



„Dimensionen & Konsequenzen der Zeitenwende“  - “Dimensions & Consequences of the Change of Era”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Peer Steinbrück
(Senior German Politician; 2013 Chancellor-Candidate of the Social Democratic Party 2013)

“Let’s see Politics as Works of Love and not a Game of Power - and let’s try to make more Art in Politics”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Pernille Weiss
(Member of the European Parliament for Denmark)

“Leadership for Democratic Renewal”
(Lecture & Discussion)
María Elena Agüero
(Secretary General of the Club de Madrid)



(11:45) Break- Tea, Coffee & Refreshments

Break- Tea, Coffee & Refreshments

Break - Tea, Coffee & Refreshments


“Why should we believe that Democracy has a Future”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Moncef Marzouki
(President of Tunisia 2011-14)

“Survival of Democracy”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Gjorge Ivanov   
(President of North Macedonia 2009-19)

“Democracy under Fire: A Political and Cultural Challenge”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Pedro Silva Pereira
(Vice-President of the European Parliament)



Lunch Reception

Lunch Reception

Lunch Reception


"Democracy in Times of War: Challenges to Our Common Humanity"
(Lecture & Discussion)
Hans Köchler
(President of the International Progress Organization)

“The Defence of Eastern Christians: A Universal Cause and a Condition for Peace in the Middle East”
(Lecture & Discussion)
François Fillon
(Prime Minister of France 2007-12)



The Culture of Peace
(Lecture & Discussion)
Emil Constantinescu
(President of Romania 1996-2000)

“If we fight for Freedom & Democracy, shouldn't People be armed with the most Important thing of all: Imagination?”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Salima Belhaj
(Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands)


“Emotional Intelligence and the Global Leader of Today”
(Keynote Lecture & Discussion)
Hassan Diab
(Prime Minister of Lebanon 2020-21)

“Growing Threats for Democracy Around the World – Perspectives from Lithuania”
(A Moderated Interview)
Dalia Grybauskait?         
(President of Lithuania 2009-19)

"Sense(s) and Sensibility in Contemporary International Relations"
(Lecture & Discussion)
Oana Branda
(Senior Expert, The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture & Civilization/ Lecturer in Interna?ional Relations at Titu Maiorescu University, Bucharest)


(15:15) “Ukrainian Composers as a Tool for Education and Cultural Diplomatic Outreach”
(Keynote and Solo Violin Performance)
Myroslava Khomik
(Ukrainian-American Violinist)


Break- Tea, Coffee & Refreshments

Break- Tea, Coffee & Refreshments

Break- Tea, Coffee & Refreshments

Break- Tea, Coffee & Refreshments


“Growing Threats for Democracy Around the World”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Gordan Bakota
(Ambassador of Croatia to Germany)

"War, Despotism and Propaganda in Media and Art”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Sophia Voultepsi
(Deputy Minister of Migration & Asylum of Greece)

“Beauty of the Orange Economy for more Community, Democracy and Peace”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Jorien Wuite      
(Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands)

“The Role of the Rule of Law in protecting Democracy”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Göran Lambertz
(Former Chancellor of Justice of Sweden)


"Defenders of Democracy"
(Lecture & Discussion)
Denitsa Dimitrova Simeonova
(Former MP, Chairperson of the Committee on EU Affairs of Bulgaria)

„Sehenden Auges in den großen Krieg? Warum der Westen seine Strategie ändern muss"
-“With Open Eyes Advancing into the Great War? Why the West must Change its Strategy”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Sahra Wagenknecht
(MP; Senior German Politician)

“Gender Equality as a Fundamental Pillar of Democracy and Peace”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Lina Lopes         
(Member of the Assembly of Portugal)

 “The Direct Line from Hollywood to Public Diplomacy”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Martin Cuff       
(Advisor for Creative Industries to the Prime Minister of Serbia)


“New Challenge for Democracy”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Michèle Alliot-Marie
(Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Interior, Justice & Sport of France)

“Urge for Democracy is stronger than Tanks: Fight for Ukraine”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Eva-Maria Liimets          
(Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia)

„The Serbian Film Industry as an Instrument of Cultural Diplomacy– Achievements and Practices “
(Panel discussion followed by Reception and Film Screening)

Gordan Mati?
(Serbian Film Director and Screenwriter)
Martin Cuff
Ivana Ze?evi?
(Advisor at the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Serbia)


“Morality Is Goodness: A Documentary to Restore the Hope for Democracy”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Kremena Milenova Kuneva
(Former Member of the Bulgarian National Assembly)

“Si vis pacem, para bellum? The War in Ukraine and the EU”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Uli Brückner
(Jean Monnet Professor
For European Studies, Stanford University Berlin)

“It is Not a Dead End: The Road to Democracy & Peace in Afghanistan”
(Lecture & Discussion)
Mohammad Hanif Atmar
(Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan)





Reception & Paintings Exhibition
Eugen Daub
(Celebrated German Painter)

Reception & Film Screening