Journée de la démocratie

International Day of Democracy

15 September

The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much a process as a goal, and only with the full participation of and support by the international community, national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.

The values of freedom, respect for human rights and the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage are essential elements of democracy. In turn, democracy provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights.

At each of the key moments that have marked contemporary history, UNESCO has supported the peaceful development of societies by contributing to the construction and consolidation of democracy, and the development of democratic institutions, especially in times of transition.


What UNESCO does

Fostering Freedom of Expression
Global citizenship education
Youth Programme
Prevention of Violent Extremism through Youth Empowerment

15 September 2022: Media Freedom and Democracy panel commemorate Democracy Day at UN

UNESCO teamed up with OHCHR and UNDEF to organize a panel discussion on the protection of media freedom and its impact on human rights and democracy.

Media Freedom and Democracy Panel
"On this International Day of Democracy, we are celebrating more than a simple principle of political organization: we are celebrating an ideal whose foundations are “the dignity, equality and mutual respect” of people – the very foundations of the Constitution of UNESCO."
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO


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