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Democracy is showing greater strain than at any time in decades: UN Chief
On the occasion of the UN-proclaimed International Day of Democracy celebrated last Sunday with the theme 'Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a Changing World' this year, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, in his message stated, "Democracy is showing greater strain than at any time in decades. 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 urged the world community to tackle both economic and political inequalities for making democracies more inclusive by bringing the young and marginalized into the political system.

He stressed the need of making democracies more innovative and responsive to emerging challenges and raised questions to seek answers saying "Working for a future that leaves no one behind requires us to consider essential pressing questions. For example, what impact will migration or climate change have on democracy in the next generation? How do we best harness the potential of new technologies while avoiding the dangers? How do build better governance so that democracy delivers better lives and fully meets the public's aspirations?"

"On this International Day of Democracy, let us commit to joining forces for the future of democracy," he appealed.

According to the UN, the observance is an opportunity to highlight the values of freedom and respect for human rights as essential elements of democracy. "The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development addresses democracy in Sustainable Development Goal 16 recognizing the indivisible links between peaceful societies and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions," informed the UN website.

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