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International Day of Democracy Being Observed Today

Islamabad (September 15, 2018): The United Nations International Day of Democracy is being observed today across the globe to raise public awareness about the democratic system.

The International Day of Democracy is being observed in Pakistan and in the provincial metropolis on Saturday (today) with events and walks focusing on this year’s theme: Democracy under strain: solutions for a changing world.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.

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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. In his message on the eve of International Day of Democracy, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said democracy is showing greater strain than at any time in decades, that is why this International Day should make us look for ways to invigorate democracy and seek answers for the systemic challenges it faces.

He said, “This means tackling inequality, both economic and political. It means making our democracies more inclusive, by bringing the young and marginalized into the political system. It means making democracies more innovative and responsive to emerging challenges.”Antonio Guterres said, “Working for a future that leaves no one behind requires us to consider essential pressing questions. For example, what impact will migration or climate change have on democracy in the next generation? How do we best harness the potential of new technologies while avoiding the dangers? How do build better governance so that democracy delivers better lives and fully meets the public’s aspirations?”He said that on this International Day of Democracy, let us commit to joining forces for the future of democracy.

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