Budapest Forum 2022: Building Sustainable Democracies

21.09.2022 – 22.09.2022

After the successful inaugural Budapest Forum – Building Sustainable Democracies in 2021, this year the organizers – the Municipality of Budapest, Political Capital Institute and CEU Democracy Institute – will once again organize this prestigious international conference, in partnership with strategic, institutional and media partners.

Budapest Forum has hit the international policy event scene with a splash, gathering close to 100 mayors, ministers, commissioners, MEPs, policy experts, academics and activists for 22 panels and sessions, multiple side events and discussions. The public interest was equally large with more than 450 in-person participants at CEU Budapest Campus and 49.300 viewers online, as well as 49 Hungarian and 41 international media appearances. The feedback from participants and partners was very positive, highlighting the organizational quality, impressive line-up, thematic diversity and hitting a niche with the role of cities in addressing the most pressing challenges of our time.

Budapest Forum aims to establish itself as a markedly pro-democratic, anti-populist Central Eastern European platform. After the success of last year’s policy-heavy discussions focusing on the most pressing challenges democracy is facing today, we are convinced that it is not only the multitude of crises that define our time, but also the commitment and the intellectual prowess of broad segments of our societies to tackle these crises. The palpable interest that we have seen, attested that we are on the right path when we seek to galvanize policy debates across borders and levels of government, and provide a joint platform for all relevant stakeholders in search of a sustainable and democratic future.

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