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’.
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’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.
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'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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
parliamentarians whose cases are being studied by IPU’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians