The International Day of Democracy was established by the United Nations in 2007 and first celebrated in 2008. It is held on 15 September to mark when a Universal Declaration on Democracy affirming the principles of democracy, the elements and exercise of democratic government, was adopted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, a world organisation of parliaments, in September 1997.
Mr Schulz said: “Dialogue and inclusiveness are the key ingredients of a political culture based on tolerance and mutual respect. Dialogue between different political forces and dialogue between politicians and citizens are essential in finding effective solutions.”
World Forum for Democracy (5-11 October 2012, Strasbourg, France)