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EVENTS & activities

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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Andorra

The Andorran Parliament organised two events on the International Day. An exhibition was installed at the entrance of the new Parliament building lobby, and this will be open until the end of next January. A conference themed on youth and politics was held, involving young people from the youth organizations of political parties.

Bahrain

Bahrain’s Inter-parliamentary Group has organized several activities. The Council of Representatives and the Shura Council have issued two separate statements, with a large International Day of Democracy poster also displayed on the outer wall of their premises. A special television episode has been filmed – with the participation of two members of the Council of Representatives, two members of the Shura Council and two members of NGOs and youth organizations – for broadcast immediately after Bahrain 8:00 News, on BTV.

Belarus

The Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus celebrated the International Day with a special event. Mr Vladimir Senko MP – Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus for Foreign Affairs and National Security – met with young people studying at the Belarusian State University. The topic of the discussion was “Democracy and human rights”.

Canada

Canada's Democracy Week (15–21 September 2014) aims to connect Canadians with activities that celebrate democratic values and traditions in communities across the country.

National Democracy Challenge 2014 invites Canadians aged 14 to 17 to submit a video, image or piece of writing to answer a question related to this year's theme for Canada's Democracy Week – Democracy. Own It.

Cameroon
Cameroon’s National Assembly marked the day with an event under the theme of engaging youth on democracy. IPU member Honourable Emah Etoundi urged youth at the National Assembly to work on behalf of the values of good governance essential to a growing democracy. Participants at the celebrations included IPU members, cabinet ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, senators, MPs and young people from universities, higher learning institutions and civil society organisations. The ‘Youth Hope’ parliamentary network brought together 50 young people from 10 regions to discuss young people’s attitudes towards politics.
Costa Rica
Primary school children and representatives from secondary schools will take part in a “Parliamentarian for a Day” activity, discussing subjects such as bullying, cruelty to animals and violence in schools.
Gabon

Gabon celebrated the International Day, with members of the National Assembly considering issues relating to young people and their involvement in democracy and democratic processes.

India

The Parliament of India will mark the day. Lok Sabha Television (LSTV) will broadcast a programme – ‘Engaging Youth on Democracy’ – involving young MPs, civil society and journalists, and with the interactive involvement of university and college students from rural backgrounds.

Rajbhasha Prabhag – official language wing of Lok Sabha Secretariat – is organising a seminar, ‘Success of Democracy and Hindi as a Link Language’, at 1500 hours on 15 September at GMC Balyogi Auditorium, Parliament Library Building, New Delhi, with four eminent literature and journalism personalities invited to take part.

Mali

Mali’s National Assembly celebrated the International Day with a workshop themed on engaging youth in democracy. The opening ceremony was chaired by Amadou Cisse, third Vice President of the Assembly.

Mexico

A group of senators in Mexico joined together to propose a Resolution to the General Congress, celebrating the International Day under the theme of engaging youth in democracy.

Montenegro

The Parliament of Montenegro will organize a two-day programme on 15 and 16 September to mark the International Day – reaching out to citizens and legislators and showing how it is working for positive change in society. As part of this, Parliament is hosting a two-day Regional Meeting of the Open Government Partnership’s Legislative Openness Working Group under the theme ‘Expanding civic engagement and strengthening parliament through legislative openness’, involving representatives of national parliaments, governments and civic society organizations from 13 countries.

Namibia

A half-day event will be held in the parliament gardens where high-profile dignitaries and national youth council and civil society representatives will highlight the day’s importance, with a focus on engaging youth on democracy. The Minister responsible for youth will deliver the key-note address, and there will be traditional cultural events. MPs and staff have been invited to attend, together with learners of voting age from some 25 high schools, principals of high schools, learners’ representative councils and student representative councils of tertiary institutions, vice chancellors of tertiary institutions, the national students’ organisation, and the general public.

Peru

International Day of Democracy was celebrated in Peru on 16 September, with two deputy speakers of parliament leading a reaffirmation of democracy at a special event in Plaza Simón Bolíva. They were joined by citizens and delegations from 20 schools in Lima and educational institutions.

Philippines

The Senate of the Philippines joined in the global commemorations of the day. Senator Sonny Angara spoke about the importance of strengthening democracy by reaching out to young people, and this was shared on social media.

Romania
The day will be marked in Parliament with statements presented in the Chamber of Deputies by MP John STAN President GRUI, and in the Senate by Senator Augustin Constantin MITU, board member of GRUI.
Uganda

The Parliament of Uganda was convened on 15 September in the Parliamentary Chambers to commemorate the International Day, and was presided over by the Rt. Hon Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah. After a lively two-hour debate, Parliament unanimously adopted a Motion for a Resolution focusing on engaging youth in democracy, moved by MP for Youth Hon. Karuhanga Gerald.

The Center for Constitutional Governance will organize a national dialogue on Engaging Young People on Democracy for Equality, Opportunity and Freedom. 15 September

United States of America
A resolution “Recognizing September 15, 2014, as the International Day of Democracy, affirming the role of civil society as a cornerstone of democracy, and encouraging all governments to stand with civil society in the face of mounting restrictions on civil society organizations” was assigned to a congressional committee on September 10, 2014, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.
Uruguay
All political parties represented in Parliament will highlight their proposals for involving young people in public affairs, during a debate organized by the library of parliament. 10 September

Other events

United Nations
A UN panel discussion discussing youth and politics will be held on 15 September 2014. The discussion will look at issues such as whether young people find politics irrelevant, how they engage in politics and whether they are discovering more powerful tools for democratic change than any previous generation. Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, will introduce the panel discussion, which will be moderated by Warren Hoge, Senior Adviser for External Relations at the International Peace Institute. Panel members include Hafsa Afailal from Morocco, Gustavo Arturo Martínez Rodríguez from El Salvador and Farkhunda Zahra Naderi from Afghanistan.
Global Legislative Openness Week
GLOW (Global Legislative Openness 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.
Global Innovation Competition
The Global Innovation Competition – a central part of the Making All Voices Count programme, which supports effective democratic governance and accountability –launches on 15 September 2014. The competition, now in its second year, aims to bring out the most innovative and inspiring ideas that radically rethink routes to accountable and responsive governance for 12 key countries. Making All Voices Count is a global initiative supporting innovation and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.

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Activities 2014

Democracy photo contest
Engage for Change!

IPU - International Day of Democracy 2013

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)
Openness activities worldwide

IPU - International Day of Democracy 2013

GLOW (Global Legislative Openness 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.

Montenegro
Democracy Workshops

IPU - International Day of Democracy 2013
IPU - International Day of Democracy 2013

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The Parliament of Montenegro will organize a two-day programme on 15 and 16 September to mark the International Day – reaching out to citizens and legislators and showing how it is working for positive change in society. As part of this, Parliament is hosting a two-day Regional Meeting of the Open Government Partnership’s Legislative Openness Working Group under the theme ‘Expanding civic engagement and strengthening parliament through legislative openness’, involving representatives of national parliaments, governments and civic society organizations from 13 countries.

With a focus on engaging young people in democracy, Parliament will present its long-term education project ‘Democracy Workshops’ – a civic education program for elementary school students that provides knowledge on democracy, the role of parliament and MPs, and other topics encouraging youth to actively participate in society and strengthen their understanding of democracy, human rights and the EU. Participants will be able to connect with MPs and decision-makers, and discuss strategies for engaging youth in parliamentary work. Elementary school children will take part in a workshop and deliver a performance by about democratic decision-making.

Namibia

A half-day event will be held in the parliament gardens where dignitaries – the Speaker of the National Assembly; Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture; Judge President of the High Court ; Vice Chairperson of the National Council; Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Namibia; UNDP’s country representative; and national youth council and civil society representatives – will highlight the day’s importance, with a focus on engaging youth on democracy. The Minister responsible for youth will deliver the key-note address, and there will be traditional cultural events.

MPs and staff have been invited to attend, together with learners of voting age from some 25 high schools, principals of high schools, learners’ representative councils and student representative councils of tertiary institutions, vice chancellors of tertiary institutions, the national students’ organisation, and the general public.

Global Innovation Competition
Making All Voices Count programme

IPU - International Day of Democracy 2013

The Global Innovation Competition – a central part of the Making All Voices Count programme, which supports effective democratic governance and accountability –launches on 15 September 2014. The competition, now in its second year, aims to bring out the most innovative and inspiring ideas that radically rethink routes to accountable and responsive governance for 12 key countries. Making All Voices Count is a global initiative supporting innovation and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.

www.makingallvoicescount.org

UN panel discussion
15 September 2014

A UN panel discussion discussing youth and politics will be held on 15 September 2014, 1.00pm-2.45pm at Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development, International Peace Institute, 777 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor, New York, USA. IPU is organizing this event together with the UN Working Group on Democracy, International Peace Institute, Community of Democracies and International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance).

The discussion will look at issues such as whether young people find politics irrelevant, how they engage in politics and whether they are discovering more powerful tools for democratic change than any previous generation. Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, will introduce the panel discussion, which will be moderated by Warren Hoge, Senior Adviser for External Relations at the International Peace Institute. Panel members include Hafsa Afailal from Morocco, Gustavo Arturo Martínez Rodríguez from El Salvador and Farkhunda Zahra Naderi from Afghanistan.

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