Dhillon Marty Foundation’s Annual Conference "State of the Community 2017: Every Decision Counts"


The conference entitled State of the Community: Every Decision Counts will bring together academics, professionals and youth to investigate sustainable solutions for our interconnected world.

The reconciliation between globalization and traditional structures, between individuals and societies and the intercultural exchange of knowledge and skills are the most efficient long-term solutions to the 21st Century’s global challenges in combating and preventing extremism, discrimination and inequality. The survival of democracy critically depends on the strength and viability of our institutions and the people they serve. Citizens must be guided by principles of “civic religious conviction” in order to ensure the health and stability of democracy. While elected individuals come and go, the democratic system of governance relies on the enduring reverence of citizens to uphold it. For this reason, a devout commitment to democracy must be venerated by each citizen above all else.

To advance this idea, the 2017 conference “State of the Community” is given the title “Every Decision Counts” which was selected at the State of the Community 2016 following a student competition. This concept highlights the significance of the impact of every decision each citizen makes on the individual and the well-being of society. This conference will bring together professionals and youth from around the world to engage in discourse on the sustainable well being of the interconnected global community.

The Conference will focus on four components:
• Panel: Technology: Opportunities and Challenges
• Panel: Identity of Humanity
• Panel: Deliberative Democracy
• Youth Idea Competition: Phrase of the Year Competition

UNESCO and the Dhillon Marty Foundation, an international non-profit organization empowering the next generation of global citizens through research, education and civic engagement, are partnering for this event.The themes of the panels are interrelated and can only be properly addressed in a context of research, policy-making and civil engagement. This is also central to UNESCO's Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme which endeavours to strengthen links between research and policy-making processes for the development of a sustainable and inclusive world.


Type of Event Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Start 12.09.2017 09:30 local time
End 13.09.2017 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Crowley, John
Organizer Dhillon Marty Foundation
Contact John Crowley j.crowley@unesco.org
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room IV
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 200
Official Website
Link 1 Programme
Link 2 Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme
Link 3
Link 4