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17th Conference of the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy

Saturday, 17 June, 2017 to Monday, 19 June, 2017

The conference of the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) is open to anyone who wishes to discuss or implement participatory democracy experiences on a local level with a view to enriching the democratic process of municipal governments.

The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD), created in 2001, is a network of over 500 cities, organizations and Centres for Research allowing people to discuss participatory democracy and citizen participation approaches. Every year, the international conference of the Observatory provides a venue for sharing experiences and contributes to the enhancement of local public policies.

The international conference will be held from June 16 to 19, 2017, and it will take place at the Cœur des sciences of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), located at 200 Sherbrooke Street West, near the Place-des-Arts Metro Station, in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

This year, the theme of the conference is Participation without exclusion: How can we ensure that all strata of the population participate in participatory democracy activities? How can we ensure that no groups are excluded, notably among minoritized groups, citizens with less schooling or more limited access to information?

Such exclusions are never intentional, but we must ask ourselves about the underrepresentation of some groups in the participatory democracy process: How can we resolve that issue? How can we promote greater participation in real time? What means can we employ to ensure that families, young people, migrants and seniors participate?

Date: 17-19 June 2017

Place: Montréal, Canada

Montréal, Canada