International Day of Democracy

The International Day of Democracy is an annual event that has been happening for 10 years. In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared September 15 to be the International Day of Democracy. The day was founded on the 20th anniversary of the first International Conference of the New or Restored Democracies, which promoted global democracy. Democracy Day celebrates justice, peace, and the various roles that a government plays in safeguarding its people’s interests and rights.

The purpose of this day is to promote the government’s role in maintaining open democracy among all UN Charter countries and to celebrate the values democracy promotes, giving citizens the power to make decisions concerning all aspects of their lives. As part of its mission to promote democratic societies around the world, the UN monitors elections, strengthens democratic institutions and accountability, and assists nations recovering from war to establish their own constitutions.