This year, September 15 marks the 15th anniversary of the International Day of Democracy. The day is celebrated annually around the world to strengthen democracies and highlight its values and principles. This year, Democracy Day will focus on the importance of media freedom to democracy, peace, and delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals.
International Day of Democracy 2022: Theme
A theme is chosen for the International Day of Democracy. This year, the day is focused on the “importance of media freedom to democracy, peace, and delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals”.
International Day of Democracy 2022: Significance
According to UNESCO, the International Day of Democracy serves as an opportunity to assess the state of democracies in the world. It also gives a chance to highlight the crucial role of parliaments and to celebrate their capability to deliver justice, development, human rights, and peace.
International Day of Democracy: History
The International Day of Democracy was established after a resolution was passed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the resolution was geared toward strengthening and consolidating democracy. The International Day of Democracy was first celebrated in 2008 and since then, numerous parliamentary events have been organised worldwide.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Inter-Parliamentary Union Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland;
- Inter-Parliamentary Union President: Saber Hossain Chowdhury;
- Inter-Parliamentary Union Founded: 1889, Paris, France;
- Inter-Parliamentary Union Secretary General: Martin Chungong.