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International Day of Democracy: Significance, theme and quotes

September 15 is celebrated as International Day of Democracy after being established in 2007 through a resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Democracy is a form of government where the citizens of a state have the authority to decide matters of legislation, either directly or through representatives. This type of government finds its way back to the times of Socrates in Athens. The definitive components of democracy have changed since its origin and are adopted by different countries in different ways.

International Day of Democracy: Significance

This day holds great significance. It highlights the importance of a healthy democracy and its role in enabling the citizens to voice their opinions. It also plays a very important role in making people aware of their human rights and ensuring peace and justice.

International Day of Democracy: Theme

The theme for International Day of Democracy changes every year. “Covid-19: A Spotlight on Democracy” was the theme in 2020. This year, the UN will focus on “strengthening democratic resilience in the face of future crises.” While celebrations in 2019 took place under the theme “Participation” and in 2018 the theme was “Democracy under strain: Solutions for a changing world.”

International Day of Democracy: Quotes

I understand democracy as something that gives the weak the same chance as the strong. –Mohandas Gandhi

Democracy is “government of, by and for the people”. -Abraham Lincoln

The lesson of history is clear: democracy always wins in the end. –Marjorie Kelly

A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy. –Theodore Roosevelt

Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. –Archibald MacLeish

It is my principle that the will of the majority should always prevail. –Thomas Jefferson

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