The Forum of Federations took part in the first World Forum on Democracy in Warsaw, Poland, 25-27 June 2000. Approximately 45 participants attended the Forum’s panel discussion session on "Federalism, Multi-Ethnic Societies, and Democracy”. The panel featured presentations from academic experts and practitioners of federalism from Canada, India, Mexico, and Nigeria. The session focused on such issues as the division of powers, constitutional provisions, and protection of minorities in federal states. Freedom House, a non-profit U.S. organization, and the Stefan Batory Foundation, Poland’s largest non-governmental foundation, sponsored the conference. The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade provided funding for the Forum’s contribution.