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Namibia’s Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation to host IDEA annual forum

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Namibia will next week host the annual forum of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).

The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation will host the 2018 ADF from 27 November 2018 to 28 November in Windhoek.

The forum will be held under the theme ‘Inclusive Democracy for Sustainable Development’.

International IDEA is an inter-governmental organisation headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with mandate to promote sustainable democracy worldwide.

Namibia currently chairs the body and is one of the 31 member states of the organisation.

The annual democracy forum is a global event where the member states and partners, policymakers, civil society organisations and representatives of academia come together to discuss a specific theme and formulate recommendations and proposals with the objective of promoting a specific democracy related issue.

At least 100 delegates representing IDEA member states, the diplomatic community, the academia including students, members of political parties, civil society and the media.

Namibia has been a member state of international IDEA since 1997. Namibia’s Speaker of Parliament, Professor Peter Katjavivi, former Prime Minister of Belgium and current International IDEA secretary general, Yves Leterme, and the International IDEA regional director for Africa and West Asia, Adebayo Olukoshi are expected to address the gathering.

– APA

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