15th September ’22: International Day of Democracy

In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly resolved to observe 15 September as the International Day of Democracy—with the purpose of promoting and upholding the principles of democracy—and invited all member states and organizations to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness.

…while democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy and that democracy does not belong to any country or region… …democracy is a universal value based on the freely-expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems, and their full participation in all aspects of life.


In September 1997 the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) adopted a Universal Declaration on Democracy.[2] That Declaration affirms the principles of democracy, the elements and exercise of democratic government, and the international scope of democracy.

The international conferences on new and restored democracies[3] (ICNRD process) began in 1988 under the initiative of President Corazon C. Aquino of the Philippines after the so-called peaceful “People Power Revolution” overthrew the 20-year dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. Initially an inter-governmental forum, the ICNRD process developed into a tripartite structure with participation of governments, parliaments and civil society. The sixth conference (ICNRD-6) that took place in Doha, Qatar, in 2006 reinforced the tripartite nature of the process and concluded with a declaration and Plan of Action which reaffirmed the fundamental principles and values of democracy.

Following up on the outcome of ICNRD-6, an advisory board set up by the chair of the process, Qatar, decided to promote an International Day of Democracy. Qatar took the lead in drafting the text of a United Nations General Assembly resolution and convened consultations with UN member states. At the suggestion of the IPU, on 15 September (date of the Universal Declaration on Democracy) was chosen as the day when the international community would celebrate each year the International Day of Democracy. The resolution, titled “Support by the United Nations system of efforts of Governments to promote and consolidate new or restored democracies,” was adopted by consensus on 8 November 2007.

♬ Robin Schulz & Tom Walker – Sun Will Shine

LYRIC

It feels like we’re falling apart
Just a little unstable
We’re both half asleep at the wheel
Yeah, we’re struggling to save us
So we both get drunk and talk all night
Pour out our hearts, try to make it right
It’s no fairy tale, no lullaby
But we get by, oh
‘Cause the sun will shine tomorrow
It will be alright
And I know we’re far from perfect
But at least we tried
Through every battle, every all-time low
You always hold my hand and lead us home
I know the sun will shine tomorrow
It will be alright
Yeah, it will be alright
It will be alright
It will be alright
It will be alright
It will be alright
It will be alright
I’m lying awake every night
Wondering if we will make it
It’s hard to be strong when you’re weak
And you’re hiding your failures
So we both get drunk and talk all night
Pour out our hearts, try to make it right
It’s no fairytale, no lullaby
But we get by, oh
‘Cause the sun will shine tomorrow
It will be alright
And I know we’re far from perfect
But at least we tried
Through every battle, every all-time low
You always hold my hand and lead us home
I know the sun will shine tomorrow
It will be alright
Yeah, it will be alright
It will be alright
It will be alright
It will be alright
It will be alright (sun will shine tomorrow)
It will be alright (sun will shine tomorrow)
It will be alright
Yeah, we’ll be alright

Clingmans Dome — Phil Perkins Photography

Located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee, Clingmans Dome is a popular tourist destination. So much so, that on any given good-weather day, visitors may observe vehicles with license plates from 25 or more states. From the parking area, it’s a short 1/2 mile hike […]

Clingmans Dome — Phil Perkins Photography

A Knight’s Tale (116.1 Cumbrian Interludes) — derrickjknight

During the early 1990s Jessica and I enjoyed a number of holidays in Cumbria. Our August 1992 holiday was spent at Towcett with Ali, Steve, and James. On 18th August we climbed the fells from Haweswater where we made the acquaintance of mountain sheep who looked rather more comfortable than I felt. The youngsters, Louisa, naturally […]

A Knight’s Tale (116.1 Cumbrian Interludes) — derrickjknight