2023 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy

In 2023, the Global Forum returned to the Western Hemisphere for the first time since 2012.
This forum took us to the fascinating civic and cultural centers of the hemisphere’s greatest metropolis, Mexico City, and examined what the city-state’s new and innovative constitution means for democracy around the world.
This forum, organized under a consortium led by Mexico’s world-renowned Independent Electoral Institute, also examined the infrastructure and supports democracy requires. We discussed the power of independent, people-centered independent institutions for protecting and extending democracy in nations from Latin America to Ghana.
Including a pre-tour, this forum lasted 6 days, from February 27 to March 7, 2023, and included hundreds of speakers reckoning with the question: what protections and assistance does democracy, in its most direct form, require to survive and thrive?