International Day of Democracy
Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Semaine de la démocratie Representatives of Civil Society, Sierra Leone. UN/Eskinder Debebe Global Legislative Openness Week

International Day of Democracy

Democracy only as strong as people’s political participation

Democracy is only as strong as the political participation of citizens and this must be increased for world peace, social cohesion and development, says the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

Public participation for democracy

For International Day of Democracy 2015, parliaments worldwide are highlighting the importance of public participation for democracy. Find out why this is important – and how you can help

IPU event – Democracy and youth participation

IPU is hosting a meeting – ‘Democracy and Youth Participation’ – involving young Swiss and foreign parliamentarians and young citizens, at its headquarters in Geneva on 15 September. The event will include discussions about how to increase young people’s involvement in democracy.

United Nations – Space for Civil Society

An event at UN Headquarters in New York on 15 September will focus on the importance of space for civil society, with a video message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Global Legislative Openness Week

The second annual GLOW (Global Legislative Openness Week) runs from 7-15 September 2015. The campaign aims to advance legislative openness commitments and share best practices among parliaments and civil society organizations around the world.

Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament. UK Parliament / Photography by Roger Harris

Public participation for democracy

International Day of Democracy 2015 – highlighting how taking part can enrich and strengthen democracies.

Speak up and speak out

Speak up and
speak out

Citizens are demanding a bigger say in the political process – explore these ideas to create positive change.

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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 2015, we are promoting International Day of Democracy through our Member Parliaments in 166 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.