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In 2007 United Nations General Assembly resolution 62/7 decided that every 15 September should be observed as the International Day of Democracy. Since then, hundreds of International Day of Democracy events have been held in over 100 countries.

Marking the day

Events 2014

These events are just some of the ways in which countries in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the Pacific are marking International Day of Democracy 2014, under the theme ‘Engaging youth on democracy’.

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Activities 2014

Democracy photo contest
Engage for Change!

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What action do you take to bring about positive change in society? What are you passionate about? Take part in the Democracy photo contest by sending a photo that shows you working for positive change in your community, region, country or the world. We will put the photo on Facebook for participants to vote on, and the pictures that receive the most “likes” will receive an iTunes gift card.

Send a photo of yourself engaging for change in society to contest@ipu.org. Include a description to tell us what is happening in the photo. Deadline for entries is midnight 15 September 2014 UTC/GMT.

Read the full description of the contest. See the contest entries on International Day of Democracy Facebook page.

GLOW (Global Legislative Open Week)
Openess activities worldwide

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GLOW (Global Legislative Open Week) is a campaign that kicks off on the International Day of Democracy and runs until 25 September 2014. This week of openness activities around the world is led by the Legislative Openness Working Group of the Open Government Partnership and members of the parliamentary openness community.

It is an opportunity for diverse stakeholders to collaborate and make progress toward adopting and implementing open-government commitments. Throughout the campaign’s 10 days you are invited to share ideas and experiences, kickstart new transparency tools and engage members of your community in dialogue. Find out more at openparl2014.org and by following #OpenParl2014.

Activities 2013

Below are some highlights from International Day of Democracy 2013.

Inter-Parliamentary Union
Interview in Arabic with IPU President Mr. Abdelwahad Radi

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On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Mr. Abdelwahad Radi released an interview in Arabic that has been published on the UN website.

Zambia
Radio shows

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Zambian students, schoolchildren and civil society groups talked to senior MPs on radio shows aired across the country. The discussions were broadcast on parliamentary radio and 18 community radio stations over three days. A mobile roadshow gave members of the public a chance to interact with MPs, helping them to understand the role of parliament and how they can engage with it.

The Zambian parliament has been one of the most consistent supporters of the International Day of Democracy since it began in 2008. It uses the Day to provide a forum for citizens’ ideas on how they can be heard more effectively.

Montenegro
Democracy Workshop with school students

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Primary school children in Montenegro learnt about the principles of democracy in workshops organized by the Parliament. The children had the chance to ask questions about democracy and talk about the role of MPs with the Deputy Speaker, who encouraged them to get involved in democratic processes and make their views known and voices heard.

As part of the workshops, children produced online newspapers which have been posted on the children’s parliamentary website.

United Kingdom
Reception with Members, information stand and a pub quiz charity

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The British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU) marked International Day of Democracy with a reception for MPs and the diplomatic community. It also organised a stand in Parliament to give MPs a chance to learn more about the BGIPU, IPU and International Day of Democracy, alongside hosting a charity pub quiz in Parliament with members and staff to raise funds for a street children project in Senegal.

India
Live televised debate

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The Parliament of India marked International Day of Democracy by hosting a live televised debate on the ‘Challenges to Indian Democracy’ with Members of Parliament, civil society groups, university students and journalists. The event took place against a backdrop of pictures and digital prints showing aspects of democracy.

Uruguay
Commemorative stamp

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In Uruguay, all school children visiting parliament during September 2013 were given a copy of IPU’s Universal Declaration of Democracy, while a parliamentary meeting on ‘Democracy and Participation’ focused on the political participation of women and young people. There were also speeches about democracy in both Chambers of parliament prior to International Day of Democracy.

Yemen
Speaker of the Yemeni parliament commemorates IDD

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The Speaker of the Yemeni Parliament marked the International Day of Democracy with a speech in the parliamentary ceremonial hall. He cited parliament as the central institution of democracy, which embodies the will of the people and expresses the aspirations of all sections of society.

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