International Democracy Day: strengthening institutions, a key step towards democracy that delivers

A more integrated approach to foster resilient societies calls for effective and inclusive democratic governance with respect for human rights and the rule of law. Resilient societies are able to mitigate disputes through mediation, dialogue and the legitimacy of their institutions. In other words, an effective implementation of the Club de Madrid concept of Shared Societies is a perfect tool to restore citizens confidence in democratic institutions. Recognizing the indivisible links between peaceful societies and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development addresses democracy in Sustainable Development Goal 16,

Developing effective conflict prevention mechanisms and infrastructures provides a foundation to resolve grievances and sustain peace. Processes, such as peace agreements, elections and constitutional reforms, can help maintain equilibrium between competing interests and reduce fragility and the likelihood of organized violence.

On the occassion of the International Democracy Day the UN has stressed that strong leadership to support democracy, strengthen civil society, empower women and uphold the rule of law are conditions that preserve stability and peace. We can not agree more and stand ready to make every effort to put our leadership, experience and convening power to work in the pursue of more and better democracies all over the world.