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International Day of Democracy observed with the theme Space for Civil Society

Sep 17, 2015 09:05 IST

15 September: International Day of Democracy

The International Day of Democracy was observed on 15 September 2015 across the world with the theme Space for Civil Society.

The theme was chosen to highlight the fact that space for civil society organizations is shrinking in a range of countries covering every continent in recent years.

It is evident from the fact that some Governments have adopted restrictions that limit the ability of NGOs to work or to receive funding.

As the civil society is at the core of the democratic values and practices, the theme is a reminder to Governments to work together with civil society for achieving common goals for a better future.

About International Day of Democracy

• It was created by the UN General Assembly through a resolution in 2007 to strengthen national programmes devoted to the promotion and consolidation of democracy.
• It was observed for the first time in 2008.
• Though the word Democracy is nowhere is mentioned in the UN Charter of 1945, the UN has played a pivotal role in nurturing Democratic values, practices and institutions.
• The theme for the 2014 was: Engaging youth on democracy.

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