One Big Thing: International Day of Democracy
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What is it?
- In 2007, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution to make September 15th a global initiative to continue efforts in strengthening democracy and human rights around the world.
- International Day of Democracy focuses on a specific theme each year. Past years have focused on political tolerance and citizens’ voices. This year will be focusing on improving response towards COVID-19.
Why is it important?
- Because of the global pandemic, there has been an increase in authoritarian action in other countries, such as delaying elections and lack of transparency of COVID-19 information.
- As the 2020 election looms, it’s also important to remember democracy at home. Voting is the foundation of democracy so it is crucial that you make sure your voice is heard on election day.
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