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Parliaments Preparing for International Day of Democracy
an article by Inter-parliamentary Union

Parliaments from across the world are planning activities to mark the sixth International Day of Democracy (IDD) on 15 September 2013. This year’s theme “Strengthening Voices for Democracy” aims to promote freedom of expression and encourage people from all sectors of society to get involved in politics. Over 90 parliaments have participated in this global event since it was proclaimed through a United Nations General Assembly resolution in 2007.

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Activities include a week-long celebration of the IDD around the country by Sierra Leone’s National Commission for Democracy, which is also planning to award institutions that stand-out in championing citizens’ views and opinions.

In Uruguay, a parliamentary meeting on “Democracy and Participation”, will focus on the political participation of women and young people, whilst Zambian students, school children and civil society groups will be given the chance to talk to senior parliamentarians on radio shows aired across the country.

In Australia and Germany, focus will be on campaigns aimed at inspiring people, particularly the youth, to engage with democracy.

Meanwhile, a debate between MPs, diplomats, academics and civil society on democratic values and human rights is being organized by the Arab Parliament.

An IPU contest inviting people around the world to share their stories on how they are making their voices heard is also being held to mark IDD. The winning entries will receive an Amazon Kindle loaded with e-books about democracy. For more details on the competition and other information on how to take part in the International Day of Democracy, go to Alternatively, find out more on social media, with the twitter hashtag #DemocracyDay and the Facebook page acy.


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This report was posted on September 5, 2013.