15 September: International Democracy Day
The International Democracy Day is being observed every year on 15 September to raise public awareness about the democratic system.
The observance of the day provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. It focuses on essential elements of democracy i.e. values of freedom, respect for human rights and principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage.
2016 Theme: “Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development“.
To mark this day various government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) across the world are holding various activities and events to promote democracy.
- United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in November 2007 had decided to observe ‘International Democracy Day’ every year on September 15. It was observed for first time in 2008.
- In this regard a resolution was passed by UNGA in 2007 to strengthen national programmes devoted to the promotion and consolidation of democracy.