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International Democracy Day 2023

15 September 2023

About the Event:

Building upon the spirit of International Democracy Day and considering the inter-linkages between the United Nations and its Member States, civil society, and other stakeholders, this event seeks to deepen our understanding of the profound relationship between inclusive democracy, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the forthcoming SDG Summit. This discussion will explore the multidimensional nature of these relationships and recognize the pivotal role played by democratic governance, principles, and institutions as powerful drivers in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Throughout the event, we will delve into the intricate interplay between the role of the United Nations, inclusive democracy, social contracts, and the active participation of marginalized communities in democratic processes, all of which contribute to sustainable development. We recognize that social norms and contracts play a crucial role in shaping the opportunities and barriers faced by marginalized groups, influencing their engagement and contributions to democratic decision-making and the overall development agenda.

With this event, International IDEA in partnership with the Global Democracy Coalition aims to raise awareness about the importance of inclusive societies, within governments and multilateral systems, where the voices of marginalized communities are amplified, inequalities are diminished, and democratic processes are genuinely participatory. By facilitating dialogue, promoting knowledge exchange, and encouraging collaboration among diverse groups and stakeholders, we strive to pave the way for an inclusive democracy that drives sustainable development and ensures that no one is left behind.


Panel 1: Promoting Inclusive Democratic Processes and Citizen Participation for Peaceful and Just Societies

This panel will explore the challenges faced by marginalized communities in accessing and participating in democratic processes, while highlighting strategies to address these barriers and foster inclusive democracy. It will examine the importance of gender equality (SDG 5), reduced inequalities (SDG 10), and peace, justice, and strong institutions (SDG 16) in shaping inclusive democratic processes. By examining these goals, the panel aims to deepen the understanding of how inclusive democracy can contribute to sustainable development and create a more equitable and just society.

Panel 2: Overcoming Barriers and Amplifying Marginalized Voices in Democracy

In our evolving global landscape, the influence of social norms on both democratic institutions and sustainable advancement remains undeniable. These unwritten societal rules often serve as either catalysts or barriers to the aims of key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A closer look at these norms, especially in the context of SDGs like Goal 5 (Gender Equality), Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities), and Goal 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions), is crucial. Through this lens, we can better cultivate a global democracy that’s genuinely inclusive and set the stage for enduring growth. This panel aims to spotlight these norms, challenge their continued relevance, and strive for a future where every voice resonates, and every community thrives.

Lightning Talks

As an integral part of the event, the GDC IDD celebration will also feature a series of dynamic and engaging lightning talks that provide valuable insights and innovative approaches on the intersection of inclusive democracy and sustainable development. These concise presentations, which may be in video format, will offer an opportunity to hear from experts, practitioners, and thought leaders who will share their knowledge, experiences, and success stories.

Register Now:

Registration is now closed. Registration for non-UN Pass Holders will close on Wednesday, 13 September 2023 at 12:00pm (ET).

For more information pertaining to this event, please contact Ms. Elisenda Balleste-Buxo (

Individuals noted on any UN sanctions list (United Nations Security Council Consolidated List) or European Union sanctions list are not allowed to participate in any International IDEA events.