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Since the International Day of Democracy was first observed in 2008, hundreds of parliamentary events have been held worldwide. These have included photo competitions, workshops for children, live televised debates, radio phone-ins and meetings with civil society organizations. 

List of themes

2017 In defence of democracy

2016 “Democracy 2030”

2015 Public participation

2014 Engaging youth in democracy

2013 Strengthen your voice

2012 Dialogue and inclusiveness

2011 Expectations

2010 Accountability

2009 Political tolerance

2008 First International Day of Democracy