New Delhi: Every year on September 15, International Democracy Day is observed to provide an opportunity to recall the importance of democracy. Democracy is built on a constant dialogue between civil society and political class.
This year the theme for International Day of Democracy is ‘Participation’. As per the UN, democracy is built on inclusion, equal treatment, and participation. It is a fundamental building block for peace, sustainable development, and human rights. Political participation, civic space, and social dialogue make up the very foundation of good governance.
The resolution to celebrated September 15 as the International Day of Democracy was passed on November 8, 2007, in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The main aim of celebrating this day is to promote and uphold the principles of democracy. All the member states are invited to commemorate the day for creating public awareness. The word democracy means – the government of the people, by the people and for the people.
The main significance of the International Day of Democracy is that it provides an opportunity to urge people, all governments to respect the rights of the citizens and provide substantive and meaningful participation in democracy.