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International Day of Democracy to be observed with theme 'Engaging Youth on Democracy'
Established by the UN in 2007, the International Day of Democracy (IDD) is going to be observed on September 15 with the theme "Engaging Youth on Democracy" this year, informs the UN website. The main purpose of the observance is to promote and uphold the principles of democracy by raising public awareness.

In his message on IDD-2014, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "I call on members of the largest generation of youth in history to confront challenges and consider what you can do to resolve them. To take control of your destiny and translate your dreams into a better future for all."

According to the UN, while democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy and that democracy does not belong to any country or region. It 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' observe the UN resolution.

The UN underlines the significance of the theme of this year that youth-led movements for democratic change are on the rise in a number of countries- including in fragile states; therefore their participation in political decision making has become a must.

Moreover, using new communication channels in social networks, young people are making their mark on democracy-building in non-traditional ways, therefore their engagement on building true democracy becomes exceedingly urgent, informs the UN website.

While urging action and changes in mindset of the alienated youth and their engagement in political decision-making, the UN holds that the youth are largely absent from formal decision-making politics and this has to change.

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