United States (US): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday said that democracy was under strain and called on people to make democracies more inclusive by bringing in both the young and the marginalised into the political system. Also Read - International Day of Democracy 2019: 'In This Era of Super Emergency, we Must do All to Protect Constitutional Rights,' Says Mamata
Speaking on International Democracy Day, Guterres said, “That is why this International Day should make us look for ways to invigorate democracy and seek answers for the systemic challenges it faces.” Guterres called on people and asked them to work together for a future that left no one behind and asked them to ponder on all pressing questions such as ‘What impact will migration or climate change have on democracy in the next generation? How do build better governance so that democracy delivers better lives and fully meets the public’s aspirations?’ among many others. Also Read - 70th Human Rights Day: "Stand Up For Human Rights" is The Celebrated Theme This Year, Twitterati Pledge Support
The UN chief said this meant tackling inequality, both economic and political. He added, “It means making our democracies more inclusive, by bringing the young and marginalised into the political system. It means making democracies more innovative and responsive to emerging challenges.” Also Read - Kashmiri Pandit Group Seeks UN Intervention to Withdraw Pakistan Issued Postage Stamp
“On this International Day of Democracy, let us commit to joining forces for the future of democracy,” he said. The UN chief encouraged people to look for ways of reviving democratic systems and values. He called on people everywhere to seek answers to the challenges facing democratic governments the world over.
The theme for this year’s observance is “Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a Changing World.” The Day also aims to highlight the values of freedom and respect for human rights as essential elements of democracy. International Democracy Day coincided with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.