International Day of Democracy Date in the current year: September 15, 2016

International Day of Democracy International Day of Democracy is observed by the countries around the world on September 15. This observance is one of the UN International Days and it was established in 2007.

September 15 was chosen to be International Day of Democracy to commemorate adoption of a Universal Declaration on Democracy by the Inter-Parliamentary Union in 1997. The Declaration affirmed the principles and elements of democracy exercised by the democratic government and the international scope of democracy. According to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, democracy is a powerful factor stimulating respect for fundamental rights and freedoms, supporting intentional peace, safety and social economic progress.

The UN General Assembly calls on the Member States, regional, intergovernmental and non-governmental institutions and organizations and individuals to observe International Democracy Day, thus drawing attention to the state of democracy around the world and raise public awareness of it. A new slogan and theme are chosen every year to highlight one of the aspects of democracy and assist its promotion and strengthening.

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