International Day of Democracy

Sep 15, 2012

"Democracy Education"

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.

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UNDP in Tunisia

In Tunisia, UNDP helped mobilize a record number of young people to participate in the country’s first democratic election in October 2011 through traditional and social media campaigns.more 

UNDP in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, women won 27 percent of parliamentary seats, exceeding a 25 percent quota reserved for them during the 2010 elections, following a program of UNDP electoral assistance that included awareness raising and training on gender-related issues.more 

UNDP in Somalia

In Somalia, the UNDP-supported Somaliland women’s Law Association provided over 1,000 people access to legal aid in 2011. As a result, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence received critical legal support and, in many cases, a conviction. more 

UNDP in Fiji

In 2011 alone, UNDP reviewed laws affecting people living with HIV in 15 Pacific Island countries. As a result, UNDP is now supporting HIV law-reform efforts in half a dozen countries there, including Fiji, which removed its discriminatory ‘sodomy law’ and later passed human rights-compliant HIV and AIDS law.more 

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