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International Day of Democracy - Toward more Inclusive and Participatory Societies

Today, September 15, 2016, is International Day of Democracy as celebrated by the United Nations(UN). 

The theme of this year's celebration is fittingly: "Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" - a plan to achieving a better future for all the world's people along a 15-year path toward ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice and to protecting planet Earth.

Democracy, its promotion and its implementation, will determine the success of many societies to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. The close, inclusive and participatory nature of governments, civil societies and institutions, along with the principle of holding periodic free and fair elections by universal suffrage, are all key to the success of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals.

Moreover, access to justice for all and the building of effective, accountable and inclusive institutions are key benchmarks to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and to bringing the ideal of democracy into a reality to be enjoyed by all everywhere.

So on this day, as we toast the freedom, the equality and the rule of law of democracy, we offer special hopes that the tenets of liberty and justice could soon touch all peoples.