Every year on September 15 International Democracy Day is observed to provide an opportunity to recall the importance of democracy. Democracy is built on a constant dialogue between civil society and political class.
Theme for International Day of Democracy
This year the theme for International Day of Democracy is ‘Participation’. As per the UN, democracy is built on inclusion, equal treatment, and participation. It is a fundamental building block for peace, sustainable development, and human rights. Political participation, civic space, and social dialogue make up the very foundation of good governance.
History of International Day of Democracy
UN always focuses on the goals of peace, human rights, and development. UN believes that human rights and the rule of law are always protected in democratic societies. Democracy provides a strong active and vocal civil society. On November 2007 the UN General Assembly decided to make September 15 to observe as the International Day of Democracy every year.
The first time this day was observed in 2008 and in fact, the UN General Assembly recognized 2008 year and marked it as 20th anniversary of the First International Conference of New or Restored Democracies.
Significance of International Day of Democracy
The main significance of the International Day of Democracy is that it provides an opportunity to urge people, all governments to respect the rights of the citizens and provide substantive and meaningful participation in democracy.
Even the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to address democracy in Sustainable Development Goal 16 and recognize the links of individuals between peaceful societies, effective and accountable and inclusive institutions.
Celebration of International Day of Democracy
On this day, several people and organizations work together to raise awareness about democracy and for that, they also hold several events like conferences, debates, discussions, etc. In fact with the help of distribution of leaflets, posters, flyers with UN logo on them various publicity campaigns are organized. At UN headquarters, major events are organized to commemorate the International Day of Democracy.