International Day of Democracy

International Day of Democracy

Basic Information

International Day of Democracy is an annual event observed on 15 September to raise public awareness about democracy.

Observed on: 15 September

Organized by: UN

Introduced in: 2007 (UN Resolution), 2008 (First Observation)

Observed: Worldwide

About International Day of Democracy

In democracy people determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems. This day 15 September is observed as the International Day of Democracy to raise public awareness about democracy. The observance of this day is also helping UN to achieve its goals of peace, human rights and development.

The observance aims to encourage the full participation of the international community, national governing bodies, civil society and individuals in the pursuit of democracy.

On November 8, 2007 with its resolution A/62/7 UN General Assembly encouraged Governments to strengthen national programs devoted to the promotion and consolidation of democracy. The resolution also decided that 15 September of each year should be observed as the International Day of Democracy.

Activities and Programs on Day of Democracy

Many programs and events are conducted on the day to spread the importance of democracy and people participation in democratic process. UN encourages the nations to increase the participation of people in all the field that affect them.

In the first International Day of Democracy (15 September 2008), IPU (Inter Parliamentary Union) conducted a special event at the House of Parliaments in Geneva. There are programs and activities related to democracy were organized at national parliaments to highlight the importance and role of parliaments in democracy.

IPU promotes this observation through its member parliaments in 162 countries around the world. Various programs like contests, seminars, online contests, conferences, etc. were conducted on this day to mark its importance. Many people and organizations around the world hold various activities to promote democracy on this day.

Along with a celebration of democracy the day is a reminder that the need to promote and protect democracy is as urgent.

Theme for International Day of Democracy

International Day of Democracy 2020 Theme is “COVID-19: A Spotlight on Democracy

Day of Democracy 2019 Theme was “Participation

Day of Democracy 2018 Theme was “Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a Changing World

2017 Theme: Democracy and Conflict prevention

2016 Theme: Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

2015 Theme: Space for Civil Society

2014 Theme: Engaging Young People on Democracy

2013 Theme: Strengthening Voices for Democracy

2012 Theme: Democracy Education

2011 Theme: Peace and Democracy: Make Your Voice Heard

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