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International Day of Democracy

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.

International Day of Democracy 2013

Strengthening Voices for Democracy

In 2013, 40 national parliaments celebrated the International Day of Democracy. Get details of the parliamentary events here

Strengthening Voices for Democracy

Interview with Farkhunda Naderi

"The urge to fight against the victimization of women has been in me since childhood."

Strengthening Voices for Democracy

Interview with Ryuhei Kawada

"I came with the strong belief that politics can create a society that puts the highest priority on life"

Strengthening Voices for Democracy

Zambia - 2013

Zambian parliament celebrated the International Day of Democracy 2013 by talking to citizens about strengthening democracy.

Strengthening Voices for Democracy

India - 2013

Parliament organized a televised debate about the “Challenges to Indian Democracy” with MPs, civil society representatives, students and journalists.

How strong is your voice?

Engaging youth on democracy

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

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

Why democracy works best – 10 things you should know about democracy

THE IPU:
AN OVERVIEW

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

ACTIVITIES
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.

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