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International Day of Democracy
An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day 15 of September, repeating indefinitely
15 September every year: Encouraging the world’s governments to strengthen democracy.
The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. The Day was declared by the UN General Assembly in 2007, and it aims to encourage Governments to strengthen national programmes devoted to the promotion and consolidation of democracy.
The link between democracy and human rights is captured in article 21(3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states:
“The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.”
For further information, visit the UN International Day of Democracy web page.
For resources to help your school explore the concept of democracy and celebrate the International Day of Democracy, browse through the teaching resources listed on the Global Dimension database under the topic of ‘Democracy’.