2024 OECD Global Forum on Building Trust and Reinforcing Democracy

October 21, 2024
07:00 - 07:30
Welcome coffee
07:30 - 08:00
Session 1: Opening Remarks
08:00 - 09:00
Session 2: Keynote Dialogue : Post 2024 – What next for Democracy?
09:00 - 09:30
Coffee Break
09:30 - 11:00
Session 3: Trust and the resilience of our democracies – New evidence and the way forward
(Plenary Room) In the current context, strengthening trust is a priority for all governments. Successive global crises in recent years have tested confidence in government, and information ecosystems are being further challenged with rising mis and dis information and the use of generative AI. At the same time, unmet rising citizen expectations around participation and representation, and concerns around integrity continue to drive lower trust. The 2023 OECD Trust Survey delivers new evidence on the various ways governments can strengthen trust. This session will take stock of the evolution of trust in public institutions and discuss concrete actions governments can take in the future.
11:00 - 12:30
Lunch Break
12:30 - 14:00
Workshop 1: Citizen engagement to counter polarisation – New frontiers
(Plenary Room) Engaging citizens in public policy making has evolved from a novelty to an established field of practice over the past decades. This doesn’t mean that we are doing it well. While successive results of the OECD Trust Survey show that meaningful citizen engagement needs to be further developed, governments have not yet found the right balance between traditional representative mechanisms and direct citizen engagement. This session will offer an opportunity to review countries’ experiences and will discuss how to move forward with more meaningful and measurable citizen participation, including through new tools such as AI. It will also include a deep dive into citizen engagement in the context of the climate transition.
14:00 - 14:30
Coffee Break
14:30 - 15:30
Roundtable (invitation only): Guarding against undue foreign influence – strategies to shield international relations
Foreign interference activities are testing institutions in well-established democracies. This closed Global Roundtable will discuss the complex foreign interference phenomena and its implications for the resilience of open societies. Discussions will build on the OECD Action Plan on Stronger Open Democracies in a Globalised World.
14:30 - 15:30
Session 5: The new frontier for the Rule of Law and Access to Justice
The rule of law and access to justice are foundational pillars for democratic governance – essential for the protection of human rights, law enforcement and the overall functioning of democratic societies. This session will highlight innovative strategies and collaborative efforts to strengthen a people-centered rule of law and enhance access to justice globally.
14:30 - 15:30
Session 6: Strengthening democratic governance in European Eastern Partnership
This parallel session will discuss the achievements and challenges of re-building and strengthening democratic governance systems, the importance of resilient public institutions, and the impact of Russia's on-going war of aggression for the future of democracy in the European Eastern Partnership Region.
15:30 - 16:30
Session 7: Governing with AI – Strengthening the case for democracy
(Plenary Room) AI can be a powerful tool for public institutions. This session will discuss how AI can transform the way governments design and deliver policies and public services to meet evolving societal needs and put people at the centre. It will draw on ongoing OECD work on AI implementation in the public sector to ensure the trustworthiness of AI supported by solid data infrastructure and data governance. Participants will also discuss the responsibilities and risks associated with AI in public governance, proposing strategies for citizen engagement in the development of policies for the use of AI in government.
16:30 - 18:00
Forum Reception