International Day of Democracy
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Harness the power of youth for democracy

IPU message on Democracy Day

Countries everywhere need to harness the power of youth in formal politics for the sake of democracy, says the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

International Day of Democracy 2014

Engaging Youth on Democracy

For International Day of Democracy 2014, parliaments worldwide are highlighting the urgent need to strengthen young people’s engagement with democracy. Find out why this is important – and how you can help.

Parliamentary events in 2014


‘Democracy Workshops’ – a civic education program for elementary school students

Parliamentary events in 2014


Political parties highlight their proposals for involving young people in public affairs.

Global Innovation Competition

Making All Voices Count

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.

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Engaging youth on democracy

International Day of Democracy 2014 – highlighting the need to increase young people’s engagement with democracy.

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Speak up and speak out

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About Democracy

About democracy

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The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is the global organization of national parliaments. We work to safeguard peace and drive positive democratic change through political dialogue and concrete action.

In 2014, we are promoting International Day of Democracy through our Member Parliaments in 164 countries around the world.

IPU Website

The Swiss National Council. REUTERS/Pascal Lauener Frederic Passy co-founder of the IPU with William Randal Cremer in 1889 IPU President Abdelwahad Radi with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

in parliaments

Since the United Nations General Assembly declared in 2007 that every 15 September should be observed as the International Day of Democracy, hundreds of events have been held to mark this day in over 100 countries.

Find out more about how countries around the world are marking International Day of Democracy this year.

Events and Activities

Primary school children in Montenegro learnt about the principles of democracy. A parliamentary meeting on “Democracy and Participation” in Uruguay.