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EXPLAINED : INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DEMOCRACY: 15 SEPTEMBER

EXPLAINED : INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DEMOCRACY: 15 SEPTEMBER

Context

15 September is the International Day of Democracy.

History

  • In 1988, Philippines overthrew the 20-year dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon C, which commenced the process for International Conferences on New and Restored Democracies (ICNRD).
  • In 2006, the sixth conference of the ICNRD took place in Doha, Qatar, with which an advisory board set up by the chair of the process, decided to promote an International Day of Democracy.

Objectives of International Day of Democracy

  • It was to promote and uphold the principles of democracy across the world.
  • The UN invites  all member states and organisations to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness.

Theme  for year 2020

The United Nations has declared on its official website that the theme of year 2020 is "unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has resulted in major social, political and legal challenges globally."

About Democracy

  • Democracy is a form of government in which the people have the authority to choose their governing legislation.
  • Who people are and how authority is shared among them are core issues for democratic theory, development and constitution.

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