"A functioning democracy needs effective institutions but it also relies on people being aware of both their rights and their responsibilities. It requires those to be respected and upheld. It requires accountable government."
International Day of Democracy
The subject of this year's theme -- democracy education -- is essential for the long-term success of democracy. It is only with educated citizens that a sustainable culture of democracy can emerge. Read the UN Secretary-General's Message for 2012.
Democratic governance is a cornerstone of UNDP's work, instrumental to empowering nations and communities in 177 countries and territories around the world. In 2011, UNDP helped more than 130 countries and devoted US$1.5 billion to democratic governance, making it one of the world's largest providers of democratic governance assistance.
UNDP strengthens democratic participation in civic engagement, electoral systems and processes, parliamentary development; and e-governance and access to information.
Message from Helen Clark
- 17 Sep 2015:Libyan CSOs sign agreement to kick off projects for UNDP Civic Engagement Grant Fund Phase II
- 17 Sep 2015:Inter-regional parliamentary conference: Parliamentary Groups key to effective representation of citizens’ interests in a diverse society
- 15 Sep 2015:Helen Clark: Statement at 2015 International Day of Democracy ‘Space for Civil Society’
This guidebook identifies targeted interventions for promoting the stronger presence and influence of women in political parties as well as advancing gender equality issues in party policies and platforms.