Jan Eliasson

Diplomat & Politician

Speaker for Democracy & Power at Gather 2018

Azmat Khan - Gather 2018
How is the democratic society developing and how can politicians gain trust? A lot of people worry about the future of democracy, not least Jan Eliasson who calls himself a “worried optimist”. Jan Eliasson is not only a well-known Swedish and international diplomat, he has also worked as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, president of the United Nations General Assembly and Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs. Throughout the years Jan Eliasson has been the mediator in the Iran-Iraq conflict, in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and in Darfur, Sudan. He has also been active for the UN in countries such as Somalia, Mozambique and the Balkans and has a profound interest in water issues, in particular for the developing world. Jan Eliasson is joining Gather in September to talk about the future of power and democracy.

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Democracy & Power

In one of five Themes, Gather 2018 will explore if modern democracy can keep apace with the rapid changes happening in the world and pose the question:

What is real or true, how are we controlled by the big players and what does our future citizenship entail?

Democracy & Power - Gather 2018

What is Gather?

Gather is both a conference and music festival where you will meet your new best friend, dance with your future love, and innovate with your next business partner.

Gather 2018 takes place in Stockholm, September 13–15 and will include 50+ speakers, performances from all around the world, music at several venues and Innovation labs solving actual business challenges.

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Conference September 13–14
Music Festival September 13–15
Gather Labs September 13–15

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