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Monday, 14 September 2015

International Day of Democracy, September 15th

 Тема 2015 года: «Пространство для гражданского общества».
2015 Theme: Space for Civil Society.
Tema de 2015: «Espacio para la sociedad civil ».
 Thème 2015 : Un espace pour la société civile.
موضوع عام 2015: توفير حيّز للمجتمع المدني

United Nations Secretary-General's Message for the International Day of Democracy 2015.

Civil society is the oxygen of democracy.
We see this clearly in the world’s most vibrant and stable democracies, where Government and civil society work together for common goals. Civil society acts as a catalyst for social progress and economic growth. It plays a critical role in keeping Government accountable, and helps represent the diverse interests of the population, including its most vulnerable groups.
The role of civil society has never been more important. Soon we will start to implement an inspiring new development agenda, agreed by all the world’s Governments.
Yet, for civil society, freedom to operate is diminishing — or even disappearing.
An alarming number of Governments have adopted restrictions that limit the ability of NGOs to work, or to receive funding, or both.
That is why the theme of this year’s International Day of Democracy is space for civil society.
On this Day, let us recall that progress and civic participation go hand in hand.
A confident nation gives citizens a say and a role in the development of their country.
As the United Nations continues to work towards a democratic, pluralistic future for all, the State and civil society can and should be partners in building the future people want.
Ban Ki-moon


In 2007 the UN General Assembly decided that each year, 15 September should be observed as International Day of Democracy. Since then, hundreds of events for the day have been held in over 90 countries. 

New York

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
1:00pm – 2:45pm

"Space for Civil Society"
Organised by the United Nations Working Group on Democracy (a sub-group of the United Nations Executive Committee on Peace and Security), in cooperation with International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance)


ExPress Bar
3rd floor, General Assembly Building
United Nations Headquarters
Visitor’s entrance on First Avenue at East 46th Street


  • Video message by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
  • Remarks by the Permanent Representatives / Deputy Permanent Representatives of Bhutan, Chile, Poland, Sierra Leone and Sweden
  • Discussion with:
    Nilda Bullain, Vice-President, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
    Arthur Larok, Co-Chair, ActionAid International Working Group on Civic and Political Space
  • Moderator: James Traub, Fellow, Center on International Cooperation; Columnist,
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