INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DEMOCRACY: SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DEMOCRACY

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Democracy is observed on September 15 each year.

Local names

Name Language
International Day of Democracy English
Día Internacional de la Democracia Spanish
היום הבינלאומי של דמוקרטיה Hebrew
اليوم الدولي للديمقراطية Arabic
민주주의의 날 Korean
Internationaler Tag der Demokratie German

 International Day of Democracy 2014 Theme: Engaging Young People on Democracy

Monday, September 15, 2014

International Day of Democracy 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Democracy is annually held on September 15 to raise public awareness about democracy. Various activities and events are held around the world to promote democracy on this date.

Definition of democracy typed on a typewriter.

The International Day of Democracy aims to raise public awareness about democracy – its meaning and importance.

©iStockphoto.com/Richard Goerg

What do people do?

Many people and organizations worldwide, including government agencies and non-government organizations, hold various initiatives to promote democracy on the International Day of Democracy. Events and activities include discussions, conferences and press conferences involving keynote speakers, often those who are leaders or educators heavily involved in supporting and endorsing democratic governments and communities.

Leaflets, posters and flyers are placed in universities, public buildings, and places where people can learn more about how democracy is linked with factors such as freedom of expression and a tolerant culture. Organizations, such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), organize activities such as public opinion surveys about democracy and political tolerance.

There has been a campaign, known as the Global Democracy Day Initiative, which involves a petition being made to the UN and heads of states to officially adopt October 18 as Global Democracy Day to support International Day of Democracy.

Public life

The International Day of Democracy is a UN observance day but it is not a public holiday.

Background

The UN strives to achieve its goals of peace, human rights and development. It believes that human rights and the rule of law are best protected in democratic societies. The UN also recognizes a fundamental truth about democracy everywhere – that democracy is the product of a strong, active and vocal civil society.

The UN general assembly decided on November 8, 2007, to make September 15 as the annual date to observe the International Day of Democracy. The assembly invited people and organizations, both government and non-government, to commemorate the International Day of Democracy. It also called for all governments to strengthen their national programs devoted to promoting and consolidating democracy. The assembly encouraged regional and other intergovernmental organizations to share their experiences in promoting democracy.

The International Day of Democracy was first celebrated in 2008. The UN general assembly recognized that the year 2008 marked the 20th anniversary of the first International Conference of New or Restored Democracies, which gave people a chance to focus on promoting and consolidating democracy worldwide.

Symbols

The UN logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches symbolize peace and the world map represents all the people of the world. It has been featured in black against a white background.

International Day of Democracy Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Mon Sep 15 2008 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Tue Sep 15 2009 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Wed Sep 15 2010 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Thu Sep 15 2011 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Sat Sep 15 2012 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Sun Sep 15 2013 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Mon Sep 15 2014 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Tue Sep 15 2015 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Thu Sep 15 2016 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Fri Sep 15 2017 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Sat Sep 15 2018 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Sun Sep 15 2019 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Tue Sep 15 2020 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance

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