International Day of Democracy

The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Article 21(3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Democracy is a political system which existed in some Greek city-states, notably Athens. The term itself is derived from the Greek dēmokratiā (dēmos – people and kratos – rule). Now democracy refers to “a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections” (source:

10 years ago (that is 2007) United Nations General Assembly proclaimed September, 15 International Day of Democracy with the aim of upholding and promoting the principles of democracy. All member states and organizations are invitedto commemorate the day in a way that the public awarness is raised.

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