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    Day Zero – December 8, 2021

    Media Freedom and Sustainability, Co-hosted with the Netherlands

    6:00 am – 7:00 am
    This panel will highlight the importance of media safety, freedom, and sustainability in the health and vitality of democratic societies.  Panelists will discuss how the international community can do to more to protect journalists as well as how to reduce the vulnerability of independent media to closure or economic and political capture. Given the increasing number of challenges journalists face all around the world, is it time to rebuild journalism, not simply as a media sector, but as a piece of essential infrastructure for any functioning democracy? How can we strengthen efforts to ensure independent media can safely report around the world?  What would a New Deal for Journalism look like, and what national and international commitments are required to foster consistently independent, reliable, accessible, and compelling public-interest journalism all around the world?

    • Introductory remarks by Antony Blinken – U.S. Secretary of State
    • Introductory remarks by Ben Knapen – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
    • Remarks by Maria Ressa – CEO, Rappler, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
    • Remarks by Dmitry Muratov – Editor-in-Chief, Novaya Gazeta, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
    • Moderated by Agnes Callamard – Secretary General, Amnesty International
    • Speakers:
      • Sheila Coronel – Director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia University
      • Jennifer Avila Reyes – Editor-in-Chief, Contra Corriente
      • Bay Fang – President, Radio Free Asia
      • Sana Safi –  Senior Presenter, BBC News
    • Closing remarks by Mélanie Joly – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada

    Young Democratic Leaders Discussion

    7:00 am – 8:00 am
    The Secretary of State is hosting an online discussion with young leaders from around the world to explore what democracy means to youth, their critical role in promoting democracy, and ways to increase the participation and representation of young people in decision-making processes.  A regionally diverse panel of three young leaders from various parts of the world will be moderated by a representative of the Community of Democracies YouthLeads network, all of whom have worked to increase democratic participation.

    • Moderated by Antony Blinken – U.S. Secretary of State
    • Speakers:
      • Daria Onyshko – Program Officer, Community of Democracies
      • Lynrose Jane Genon – Member, Executive Committee, Young Women Leaders for Peace – Philippines
      • Mwila Chriseddy Bwanga – Founder and Executive Director, BeRelevant Africa
      • Margarita Maira – Advocacy Coordinator, Ahora Nos Toca Participar

    Private Sector Forum: Our Business Too: Democracy & Private Enterprise Delivering Together

    8:30 am – 10:30 am
    The private sector will participate in a Summit for Democracy constructive dialogue around the symbiotic relationship between business and government, and the roles and responsibilities of each in advancing society-at-large. Executives and thought leaders from across the globe will provide perspectives on the vital relationship between private enterprise and the public sector, as represented by a broad cross-section of business leaders.  To launch a year of action and support for democracy, this forum will highlight three priorities that represent opportunities for business, government, and civil society to work together: (1) Open and Resilient Digital Space; (2) Beneficial Ownership Transparency; and, (3) Democracy that Delivers through Responsible Investment. The specific themes will include principles to architect the dialogue in addition to issuing calls for commitment in the year of action.

    • Hosted by Gina Raimondo – U.S. Secretary of Commerce
    • Speakers:
      • Andrew Wilson – Executive Director, Center for International Private Enterprise
      • Kent Walker – President, Global Affairs & Chief Legal Officer, Google & Alphabet
      • Patrick Collison – CEO, Stripe

    PANEL 1: Responsible Investment

    • Moderated by John Brothers – President, T. Rowe Price Foundation
    • Speakers:
      • Lenna Koszarny – Founding Partner and CEO, Horizon Capital
      • Nanette Medved-Po – Founder, Generation Hope
      • Dr. Amy Jadesimi – CEO, LADOL Free Zone

    PANEL 2: Beneficial Ownership

    • Moderated by Teresa Jennings – Vice President and Treasurer and Head of Rule of Law Development, LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation
    • Speakers:
      • Christina Tee – CEO of CAPE EMS Manufacturing, CEO and President, Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry
      • Melina Cruz – Founder and CEO, Homely
      • Lola Adekanye – Center for International Private Enterprise Ethics First Lead

    PANEL 3: Open and Resilient Digital Space

    • Moderated by Dr. Andrea Bonime-Blanc – CEO and Founder, GEC Risk Advisory
    • Speakers:
      • Simoun Ung – President and CEO, Omnipay
      • Rebecca Enonchong – Founding Partner and CEO, AppsTech
      • Michelle Zatlyn – COO and Co-Founder, Cloudflare

    Empowering Prosperity: Advancing the Status of Women to Advance the State of Democracy, Co-hosted with Sweden

    11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Co-hosted by the United States and the Government of Sweden, this event will showcase women’s civic and political leadership and participation as central to democratic progress and demonstrate how champions of all gender identities can tackle barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

    • Keynote remarks by Magdalena Andersson – Prime Minister of Sweden
    • Keynote remarks by Ambassador Katherine Tai – U.S. Trade Representative
    • Moderated by Melanne Verveer – Executive Director, Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University
    • Closing remarks by Åsa Regnér – Assistant-Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women
    • Closing remarks by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Former President of Liberia

    PANEL 1: Championing Women’s Political and Civic Participation and Leadership as the Lifeblood of Democracy

    • Speakers:
      • Nelly Mutti – Speaker, National Assembly of Zambia
      • Patricia Zanella – Hurford Youth Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy
      • May Sabe Phyu – Activist

    PANEL 2: Breaking Down Barriers: Countering Gender-Based Violence in all its Forms

    • Speakers:
      • Bafana Khumalo – Co-Founder, Sonke Gender Justice & Men Engage Global Alliance
      • Danica Roem – State Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates
      • Seo Ji-hyun – Special Prosecutor Chief, Digital Sex Crimes Response Task Force Team, Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea

    Panel Discussion on Democracy-Affirming Technology: How Innovation Can Be Used to Support Democratic Values

    1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
    Since the optimism of the early Internet age, where many thought that new technologies would be liberalizing by their very nature, authoritarians have been hard at work making technology work for autocracy. And today, democracies face pressing questions about the role of technology in democratic life. It’s an untested proposition whether technologies built with democratic values at their core — “democracy-affirming technology” — can be as powerful, profitable, or even as entertaining as those which threaten to undermine rules-based governance today. Innovation around democracy affirming technologies seeks to test that proposition. This virtual side event will focus on technologies that asymmetrically advantage democratic values. It will explore the inner workings of such technologies, how they can be used to defend against digital authoritarianism, and how they can be productively harnessed and governed through global democratic cooperation.

    • Introductory remarks by Jeppe Kofod – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Denmark
    • Opening remarks by Dr. Eric Lander – Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
    • Moderated by Jeanne Meserve – Journalist
    • Speakers:
      • Rt. Hon. Nadine Dorries – MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Government of the United Kingdom
      • Dr. Roya Ensafi – Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
      • Rami Nakhla – Senior Manager of Public Affairs and Impact, Truepic
      • ‘Gbenga Sesan – Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative

    Panel Discussion: A Conversation on the Future of the Internet

    2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
    This event will be a moderated panel discussion about the future of the Internet, including the challenges of today, what organizations are doing about it, and how governments, civil society and other stakeholders can work together to reaffirm a commitment to an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet.

    • Moderated by Rebecca MacKinnon – Vice President, Global Advocacy, Wikimedia Foundation
    • Speakers:
      • Anriette Esterhuysen – Chair, Multistakeholder Advisory Group, UN Internet Governance Forum
      • Nina Vaskunlahti – Under-Secretary of State for External Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland
      • Tim Wu – Special Assistant to the President for Technology and Competition Policy

    Voices of Political Prisoners, Co-hosted with Lithuania

    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    This official side event complements the Summit for Democracy by highlighting the plight of political prisoners and underlining the need for increased international collaboration to press for their release. The virtual, hour-long event, opened by Secretary Blinken, will feature remarks from family members and advocates of those imprisoned for the peaceful exercise of their human rights and those imprisoned solely for their ethnicity or identity. A formal political prisoner will also speak. In addition, an expert on successful interventions will share insights into what interested governments can do on behalf of political prisoners.

    • Introductory Remarks by Antony Blinken – U.S. Secretary of State
    • Introductory Remarks by Gabrielius Landsbergis – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania
    • Moderated by Uzra Zeya – U.S. Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
    • Speakers:
      • Tatsiana Khomich – Viktar Babaryka Team, Coordination Council
      • Rayhan Asat – Human Rights Lawyer and Yale World Fellow
      • Victoria Cardenas – Spouse of political prisoner in Nicaragua
      • Dr. Peter Biar Ajak – Revive South Sudan
      • Jeremy Weinstein – Professor, Stanford University

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