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Theme- 2019

Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a Changing World

This year’s International Day of Democracy is an opportunity to look for ways to invigorate democracy and seek answers to the systemic challenges it faces. This includes tackling economic and political inequalities, making democracies more inclusive by bringing the young and marginalised into the political system, and making democracies more innovative and responsive to emerging challenges such as migration and climate change.

The International Day of Democracy is also an opportunity to highlight the values of freedom and respect for human rights as essential elements of democracy. 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “the will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government”, has inspired constitution-making around the world and contributed to global acceptance of democratic values and principles. Democracy, in turn, provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realisation of human rights.

The theme addresses democracy in recognising the indivisible links between peaceful societies and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.