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Sep 15 '17

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 AM on of September, repeating indefinitely

International Day Of Democracy

The International Day of Democracy is celebrated around the world on 15 September each year.

It was established through a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly in 2007, encouraging governments to strengthen and consolidate democracy.

Defending and advancing democracies

A more integrated approach to foster resilient societies calls for effective and inclusive democratic governance with respect for human rights and the rule of law.

Resilient societies are able to mitigate disputes through mediation, dialogue and a reasonable degree of legitimacy of their institutions. Developing effective conflict prevention mechanisms and infrastructures provides a foundation to resolve grievances and sustain peace. Processes, such as peace agreements, elections and constitutional reforms, can help maintain equilibrium between competing interests and reduce fragility and the likelihood of organized violence.

Strong leadership to support democracy, strengthen civil society, empower women and uphold the rule of law are conditions that preserve stability and peace. Recognizing the indivisible links between peaceful societies and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development addresses democracy in Sustainable Development Goal 16.


On September 15, the International Day Of Democracy, the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) is launching an international campaign in defence of democracy – Get engaged now! The aim is to mobilize the global community to reinforce democratic governance to address today’s urgent challenges.