会議は、2018年にテロ組織のメンバーとしてトルコで起訴され、2019年9月に無罪となる前に高セキュリティの刑務所で3か月以上過ごしたオーストリアのジャーナリストMaxZirngastから始まりました。彼はトルコの動向について概説しただけでなく、しかし、世界中の民主主義の状態についての正当な懸念を確認するグローバルなレビューも提示しました。リードインは、前IAPCのVolker Riegger会長が発表した。さらに、「Democracy in Danger」セッションでは、民主主義の質が損なわれている世界中の国々からの多数の例も取り上げられました。これに関して、ラテンアメリカ、ロシア、スカンジナビアの状況についての議論は、フェイ・ダイアモンド/米国が主催し、マウリシオ・デ・ヴェンゴチェア/コロンビア、エカテリーナ・エゴロワ/ロシア、そしてトルビョルン・ショストロム/スウェーデンが取り上げられました。
午後にドナウ大学で議論された重要な問題の1つは、オーストリアの政治状況でした。 Christoph Hofingerが主催するこのセグメントでは、Katrin Praprotnik、Tamara Ehs、JudithKohlenbergerによる寄稿が取り上げられました。世界最古のワイナリーであるニコライホフでの感動的なワインの試飲と、クレムスのアートギャラリーへの夜間の特別な訪問は、会議クルーザーがウィーンに向けて出発する前の1日のスケジュールを完了しました。
会議の3日目は、ヨーロッパ安全保障協力機構（OSCE）のアメリカ大使であるジムギルモアによるゲストプレゼンテーションで始まりました。彼は自分のテーマに専念する前に、組織の世界に対する重要性を強調しました：「トランプ大統領は民主主義を変えましたか？」セッションはトム・エドモンズ/米国によって主催されました。これに続いて、2020年の米国大統領選挙に関する評価は、ケビンデバミグベタン/ナイジェリア、マリルブレイジャー/アルゼンチン、マルセルウィダー/カナダ、ネカティの前に、デイブカタニーズがホストするセグメントで米国民主党のDoc Sweitzerと米国共和党のMatt Klinkによって概説されましたÖzkan/トルコとJan Juul Christensen /デンマークは、Crystal Martin / USAが議長を務めるセッションで、世界中の選挙キャンペーンを発表しました。
Statement by Maurucio de Vengoechea, IAPC President, on Today's Events at the U.S. Capitol
06 January 2021
MIAMI, FLA. (January 6, 2021) – Mauricio de Vengoechea, president of the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC), issued the following statement:
“Today is a dark day for democracy, the democratic process and the peaceful transition of power. On the day when the United States Congress undertakes its solemn and constitutionally mandated responsibility to officially count Electoral College votes, supporters of Donald Trump’s fraudulent election claims marched on the Capitol and rioted. These despicable acts resulted in at least one death, desecrated the U.S. Capitol and represent images often seen on television in other countries around the world.
“Since November 3, vast segments of the American public have been bombarded with Donald Trump’s claims that the election was stolen and results were fraudulent. None of these spurious claims have been proven. In fact, they have all been disproven in court.
“Today’s violence and disorder highlights that democracy is fragile. But hope springs eternal for a brighter day. America’s leaders must do better – if not immediately then on January 20 and thereafter. American voters and democracy deserve better.
“With more than 50 years as a global champion of democracy, the IAPC believes these events underscore the importance of ethical leadership, election transparency, respect for the facts and understanding and respect of due process in constitutional democracies.
About the IAPC:
Since 1968, the International Association of Political Consultants, an organization of political consultants worldwide, has committed itself to fostering democracy and the democratic process throughout the world. Learn more at www.iapc.org.
52nd IAPC World Conference on the Danube delighted the participants
19 December 2019
View conference photos here.
Some 120 participants from 26 nations appeared deeply impressed by the 52nd IAPC World Conference, which took place on a Danube river cruise from Passau to Vienna from 8 to 12 November 2019. Under the general question of the conference: “Democracy under pressure?”, around fifty speakers gave presentations and discussed the worldwide development of democracy in addition to revealing the latest trends in political campaigning.
An outstanding start with Max Zirngast
The conference began with the Austrian journalist Max Zirngast, who had been indicted in Turkey in 2018 for membership of a terrorist organization and spent over three months in a high-security prison before being acquitted in September 2019. He not only outlined developments in Turkey, but also presented a global review that confirms legitimate concerns about the state of democracy around the world. The lead-in was presented by former IAPC President Volker Riegger. Furthermore, the “Democracy in Danger” session also featured numerous examples from countries around the world where the quality of democracy has been compromised. In this regard, a discussion on the situation in Latin America, Russia and Scandinavia was hosted by Faye Diamond / USA and featured Mauricio De Vengoechea / Colombia, Ekaterina Egorova / Russia as well as Torbjörn Sjöström / Sweden.
The Rise of Women and the Challenge We Face
The first morning of the 52nd World Conference ended with a stimulating round table discussion on the role and challenges of women in society. Hosted by Mina Jordeby / Sweden, the discussion featured Regula Bühlmann / Switzerland, Ondine Fortune / USA, Milica Katic / Serbia and Justine Gaspar / Malta.
Visit to the Mauthausen Memorial
The afternoon of the first day of the conference was marked by a commemoration of the horrors of the Second World War. The guided tour through the former Mauthausen concentration camp near Linz and, in particular, the observation of a minute’s silence at the roll call ground with readings by Faye Diamond and Marcel Wieder was an extremely sobering experience for many of the participants. The event concluded with a presentation by former Austrian President Dr Heinz Fischer on “Democracy under pressure – learning from the past”, who was introduced by Sepp Hartinger / Austria. In his address, Dr Fischer shed detailed light on the background to this history and pointed to the lessons to be learned from it.
Europe as the lead-in to the second day
The second day of the conference began with a session on Europe and the EU in which the former Prime Minister of Slovenia and long-time MEP Alojz Peterle as well as Andreas Pfeifer, head of the foreign policy editorial department of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF and Gerda Füricht-Fiegl from Danube University Krems examined various problems and outlined ways and solutions. The session was hosted by Susanne Hartinger / Austria.
New trends in political communication
A further thematic focus consisted of presentations on the latest trends from all over the world. Participants followed the presentations with great interest. Hosted by Program Chair Melissa Cressey / USA, exciting news from a wide variety of campaigning disciplines was presented by Feyi Akindoyeni from Australia as well as Adam Hyland, Aubrey Montgomery, Josh Nanberg and Brent Buchanan from the USA.
Austria session at Danube University
One of the key issues discussed at Danube University in the afternoon was the state of Austrian politics. Hosted by Christoph Hofinger, this segment featured contributions by Katrin Praprotnik, Tamara Ehs and Judith Kohlenberger. An inspiring wine tasting at Nikolaihof, the world’s oldest winery, and an exclusive nighttime visit to the Krems art gallery completed the day’s schedule before the conference cruiser set off for Vienna.
US politics and elections around the world
The third day of the conference began with a guest presentation by Jim Gilmore, the American Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He emphasized the organization's importance to the world before dedicating himself to his theme: “Has President Trump changed democracy?” The session was hosted by Tom Edmonds / USA. Following this, assessments regarding the 2020 US presidential election were outlined by Doc Sweitzer for the US Democrats and Matt Klink for the US Republicans in a segment hosted by Dave Catanese before Kehinde Bamigbetan / Nigeria, Marilu Brajer / Argentina, Marcel Wieder / Canada, Necati Özkan / Turkey and Jan Juul Christensen / Denmark presented election campaigns from across the world in a session chaired by Crystal Martin / USA.
Award of the IAPC Democracy Medal as a grand finale
The official part of the 52nd World Conference concluded with the award of the IAPC Democracy Medal to Ekrem Imamoglu, the new mayor of Istanbul. The award was received on his behalf by Emrah Sahan, project coordinator of the Istanbul election campaign, in particular for conducting an election campaign without aggression and for his efforts as a peacemaker after the first elections had been annulled in Istanbul.
Visit to UNO-City Vienna
Another highlight of the accompanying program was a guided tour of UNO-City Vienna and a presentation given by Martin Nesirky, Director of UNIS Vienna.
The lifetime achievement award went to Sepp Hartinger
During the final gala dinner on board, Sepp Hartinger, Austria, a member of the IAPC since 1982 and its President from 1999-2001, was awarded the “Joe Napolitan & Michel Bongrand Founder Award for Lifetime Achievement” for the services he has rendered to the Association. Following on from Bo Krogvig / Sweden and Jon Gaul / Australia, he is the third member of the IAPC to receive this honor.
New Board of Directors
In addition, a comprehensive structural reform, prepared by President Mehmet Ural, was adopted at the IAPC General Assembly. This provides for a drastic reduction in the number of board members and a fixed allocation of responsibilities for each individual board member. The new 13-member Board of Directors was elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall commence its duties on 1 January 2020. It is composed as follows:
President: Mauricio De Vengoechea, Colombia
Treasurer: Melissa Cressey, USA
Secretary General: Matt Klink, USA
Vice President, Membership: Marilu Brajer, Argentina
Vice President, Conferences & Events: Crystal Martin, USA
Board Member, Conference & Events: Justino Pereira, Brazil
Board Member, Fundraising: Sal Russo, USA
Board Member, Communication: Kurtis Adigba, Nigeria
Board Member, Awards: Feyi Akindoyeni, Australia
All in all, the 52nd World Conference, which was staged for the first time on a river cruiser, offered unique impressions, both in regard to the speakers and the accompanying program. The discovery of such magnificent landscapes along the Danube shall also help the 52nd World Conference to long be remembered by all those who attended it. At this point we wish to express our special gratitude to all the participants and speakers, and in particular to Melissa Cressey as Program Chair, Sepp Hartinger as Conference Chair as well as to all our sponsors and the entire team of Hartinger Consulting for the implementation and organization of this event.