The International day of Democracy is celebrated each year on 15th September. This day was established through a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly in 2007 to encourage government to strengthen and consolidate democracy. It is a way to encourage all the member parliaments to mark the day with celebrations and events.
History of International Days of Democracy
Since the day was first observed in 2008, hundreds of parliamentary events have been held worldwide. These have included photo competitions, workshops for children, live televised debates, radio phone-ins and or holding meetings with civil society organizations.
The International Day is a great opportunity to review the state of democracy all over the world. Each year highlights a specific theme. Past themes have included stronger democracies, the importance of democracy for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, strengthening the voices of citizens, dialogue and inclusiveness, accountability, and political tolerance.
Our support for International Democracy Day stems from our core belief that democracy requires the participation of all citizens. It is an opportunity to highlight the important role of parliaments, and to celebrate their capacity and mandate to deliver on justice, peace, development and human rights.
What is the UN Specific goal of celebrating International Democracy Day?
The UN’s specific goal for International Democracy Day is to promote government’s role in maintaining open democracy among all member nations of the UN Charter. From democracy’s birth in ancient Greece thousands of years ago through trial and error up to today, most of the world’s nations choose democracy over all other forms of government. Despite modern-day strife and turmoil, democracy still works.
How International day of democracy is being celebrated?
On this day, several people and organizations work together to create awareness about democracy and for that they also hold several events like debates, conferences, 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. It is the need for the people to understand that democracy and human rights are closely linked. Democracy gives right to vote, to elect government of choice, regulation from themselves rather than being controlled by a government. If there is no democracy, then there will be lack of rights or a voice and on the other hand impact human rights.
Therefore, we can say that International Day of Democracy is a day to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address problems worldwide and to reinforce the achievements of humanity.