International Day Of Democracy

Every year on 15 September, the International Day of Democracy is observed and it is celebrated across the world.

International Day Of Democracy

International Day Of Democracy

 

Every year on 15 September, the International Day of Democracy is observed and it is celebrated across the world. International Day of Democracy is celebrated with the purpose of promoting and upholding the principles of democracy and invites all member states and organizations to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness.

This day focuses on the importance of the participation or involvement of all members of society for the proper functioning of a democracy.

International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much as a goal, and only with the full participation of the international community, can be the ideal of democracy be made into a reality.

The Universal Declaration on Democracy, which was issued on September 15, 1997, by the inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU), an international organization of national parliaments, gave birth to the International Day of Democracy.

Significance

The first International Day of Democracy celebrations took place in 2008. Since then, many governments have observed the day to educate the masses about the meaning and importance of democracy.

UNESCO defines democracy as, "The values of freedom, respect for human rights and the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage are essential elements of democracy. In turn, democracy provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights."

Theme

The theme for International Day of Democracy changes every year. "Covid-19: A Spotlight on Democracy" was the theme in 2020. This year, the UN will focus on "strengthening democratic resilience in the face of future crises." While celebrations in 2019 took place under the theme “Participation" and in 2018 the theme was “Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a changing world.”