International Democracy Day Observed on 15th September


15th September is being observed as the International Democracy Day every year on to raise public awareness about the democratic system and it also provide platform to review the state of democracy in the world.

  • Observation of this day is mainly focus on the democracy, values of freedom, respect for human rights and principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage.
  •  “Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is the theme of 2016.
  • Around 193 member states of UN has adopted the theme as plane to batterer the future and remove poverty rate over 15 years and bring equality and justice.
  • Many government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) organized different events such as discussions, conferences and press conferences in order to mark this day across the world to promote democracy.


  • The day was founded in November 2007 by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) after passing resolution and since then it is observed every year on September 15.
  • For the first time it was observed in 2008.
  • The main aim behind the observation of this day is to promote and maintain the values of democracy and invited all member states and organizations to commemorate the day in proper manner that contributes to raising public awareness.
  • Last few years themes:
  1. 2010: Democracy and the Millennium Development Goals
  2. 2011: Peace and Democracy: Make Your Voice heard
  3. 2013: Strengthening Voices for Democracy
  4. 2014: Engaging youth on democracy
  5. 2015: Space for Civil Society

- Published/Last Modified on: September 16, 2016