COVID-19 has upended our lives in the past few weeks, but what impact will it have on our democracies? All around the world, questions are being asked about the viability of upcoming elections, the sweeping executive powers some governments have used to impose emergency measures and how to limit their long-term impact. More fundamentally, the pandemic is testing the strength and resilience of our political systems.
The Kofi Annan Foundation, with support from the Swiss Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) Human Security Division, is hosting a live webinar, the first in a series of #KAFDialogues, to discuss the regional impacts of COVID-19 on elections and democracy.
The Kofi Annan Foundation has written an open letter*, endorsed by prominent leaders, including our panellists, to draw attention to the risks the COVID-19 pandemic poses to elections and the fabric of democracy around the world, but also to recommend the principles that must be respected to strike the right balance between legitimate public health concerns and democratic rights and freedoms.
Join us for our upcoming webinar:
Could Democracy Become the Silent Victim of COVID-19?
Date and time: May 22, 2020, 16:00 – 17:00, including 30 minutes for questions and answers at the end.
- Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Former President of Nigeria, Chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, Member of the Kofi Annan Foundation Electoral Integrity Initiative Senior Panel
- Doris Leuthard Former President of Switzerland, Member of the Kofi Annan Foundation Board
- Elhadj As Sy Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation Board, Co-Chair of the Joint World Bank/WHO Global Preparedness Monitoring Board
- Professor Ghassan Salamé Former UN Special Envoy to Syria, Member of the Kofi Annan Foundation Board
This event is possible thanks to the support of the Swiss Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) Human Security Division.