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International Democracy Day 2023 – New York, NY

15 September 2023

New York, UNHQ, UN Conference Building, Conference Room 3

Livestream via UN Web TV

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 and the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations, 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.

Full Agenda here!

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To RSVP, please register through this form. Registration for non-UN Pass Holders will close on Tuesday, 12 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.