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WEBINAR: Strengthening Southeast Asia’s democratic health after COVID-19

According to the V-Dem Institute of Gothenburg University, some governments in Southeast Asia have experienced different levels and forms of democratic backsliding under the cover of pandemic-related emergency measures. Our panellists presented the regional situation and explore ways of restoring, and even invigorating, democracy in Southeast Asia as it emerges from the pandemic.


On Tuesday 14 July 2020, our Election and Democracy programme hosted the last in a series of #KAFDialogues.



Date: Tuesday 14 July 2020

Time: 9:30-11:00 AM Geneva / 14:00-15:30 PM Yangon / 15:30-17:00 PM Singapore and Manilla / 16:30-18:00 PM Timor-Leste

Moderated by: Veronica Pedrosa, Journalist from Philippines


  • President Ramos Horta: Former President, Prime Minister, Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs Timor-Leste (2001-2012); Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Member of the Kofi Annan Electoral Integrity Initiative Senior Panel.
  • Dr. Noeleen Heyzer: Former UN USG; Former Executive Secretary of the UN ESCAP; Member of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age.
  • Dr Thant Myint-U: Historian; Former UN official; Chairman of U Thant House.

KAF Dialogues previous sessions

  • See the recording of “Could Democracy Become the Silent Victim of COVID-19?”
  • See the recording of “Protegiendo la integridad electoral en la era digital”
  • See the recording of “Covid19 and the crisis of democratic legitimacy in Africa”

The open letter: Democracy must not become the silent victim of the Coronavirus Pandemic

As extraordinary measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic continue to prevail around the world, the Kofi Annan Foundation and 28 global leaders have published an open letter calling governments and civil society to act to ensure democracy does not become the silent victim of the Coronavirus pandemic. Read the Open Letter released on 19 May 2020.