Celebrating the International Day of Democracy

"Let us rededicate ourselves to democracy and dignity for all" were words used by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on this International Day of Democracy, focusing on Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The International Day of Democracy has been celebrated on 15 September since 2007 when the United Nations General Assembly set this date aiming to promote and uphold the principles of democracy. Fundamental values, the respect for human rights and genuine elections in universal suffrage are intrinsic aspects of democracy, therefore encompassed "in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and further developed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which enshrines a host of political rights and civil liberties underpinning meaningful democracies". 
 
The 2016 theme reflects on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, "a plan for achieving a better future for all, laying out a path over 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet", which was adopted in September 2015 by the 193 UN Member States. 
 
As showcased during the 2015 celebration, for Better Internet for Kids, the International Day of Democracy also plays an important role. Within youth participation activities promoting online safety among young people, the broader remit is also to create a space to participate in online debates as active digital citizens, as pointed out in the Youth Manifesto publication, developed by youth from across Europe, outlining ten principles youth believe are needed for a better internet.
 
On social media, International Day of Democracy celebration messages have been shared also via the #DemocracyDay hashtag. More background information on the International Day of Democracy can be found on the United Nations website

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