International Day of Democracy
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More democracy key to achieving sustainable development by 2030

The aspirations for a fairer world set out in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will only be met if there is more democracy worldwide, said the Inter-Parliamentary Union on the 2016 International Day of Democracy

Democracy 2030

"Democracy 2030" questions how parliaments will function in the future, how to engage and involve youth, and the importance of democracy for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

IPU event – Imagining the elections and the parliaments of the future

On 21 September parliamentarians and experts will imagine the elections and the parliaments of the future as part of Geneva’s Democracy Week.

United Nations

Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Read the UN Secretary-General's Message for 2016

Global Legislative Openness Week

The third annual GLOW (Global Legislative Openness Week) seeks 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

Democracy 2030

International Day of Democracy 2016 - questioning the future of democracy.

Speak up and speak out

Speak up and
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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 2016, we are promoting International Day of Democracy through our Member Parliaments in 170 countries around the world.

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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.