15 September 2010

International Day of Democracy

"Let us recognize that democratic governance is a yearning shared 
and voiced by people the world over.  
Democracy is a goal in its own right, and a  indispensable means 
for achieving development for all humankind."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day of Democracy 2010


Democracy is a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives.

While democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy. Activities carried out by the United Nations in support of efforts of Governments to promote and consolidate democracy are undertaken in accordance with the UN Charter, and only at the specific request of the Member States concerned.

The UN General Assembly, in resolution
A/62/7 (2007)  encouraged Governments to strengthen national programmes devoted to the promotion and consolidation of democracy, and also decided that 15 September of each year should be observed as the International Day of Democracy.