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International Day of Democracy 2023 Focuses on Empowering the Next Generation

In a world facing unprecedented challenges such as unresolved conflicts, climate change, and financial instability, the International Day of Democracy, observed on September 15, takes on a new significance. This year, the theme, “Empowering the Next Generation,” highlights the crucial role young people play in advancing and safeguarding democracy.

Established by a UN General Assembly resolution in 2007, the International Day of Democracy serves as a platform to assess the global state of democracy and encourage governments to strengthen democratic institutions. Democracy is not just a goal but an ongoing process, requiring the active involvement and support of the international community, national governments, civil society, and individuals to make it a reality accessible to all.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres expressed concerns about the challenges democracy faces today. He highlighted the threat posed by the spread of mis- and disinformation, which has poisoned public discourse, polarized communities, and eroded trust in institutions. In this context, the focus on empowering the next generation becomes even more crucial.

Young people, often referred to as the current and future custodians of democracy, have a vital role in shaping the world’s political landscape. Their voices and perspectives are essential in making decisions that profoundly impact their lives and the planet. Ensuring that young people are informed, engaged, and empowered is key to overcoming these challenges.

As the world observes the International Day of Democracy in 2023, the global community is reminded of the importance of nurturing the civic engagement of children and youngsters. By doing so, we can work towards a future where democracy thrives, conflicts are resolved peacefully, climate change is tackled, and trust in institutions is restored.

This year’s theme underscores the belief that with the active involvement of the next generation, democracy can continue to evolve and remain a beacon of hope for a better world. It is a call to action for governments, organizations, and individuals to invest in empowering young people and ensuring that their voices are not just heard but valued in shaping the world’s future.

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