Democracy Day

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Zeeshan Nasir

International Day of democracy is observed on 15th of September every year to intensify awareness regarding the meanings and importance of democracy. On this day all the 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda to plan for achieving a better future for all, clearing ways out to end extreme poverty, fight injustice and inequality to protect our planet by tackling climate change and ensuring that no one is left behind, be it a rich or a common man, an orphan or a saint. The new goals set for the governments result from a process that has been more inclusive than ever anybody had seen, and involves businessman, civil society and citizens from the outset and it needs the governments to work in close partnership with civil society. The importance of freedom of expression and a tolerant culture, respect for human rights and the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage are essential and valuable elements of democracy. In turn, democracy provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights by covering group rights as well; for instance, the indigenous people, minorities, people with disabilities are equally valued in democracy and work to safeguard peace and drive positive democratic change through political dialogue and concrete action. Parliaments the world over have critical roles for the new sustainable development agenda into stern and quick actions by moving legislations, making budget allocations and holding governments accountable if they fail to perform. This needs unity among the governments in achieving the goals by enacting the laws and investing in the programmes that make them a reality that democracy is the product of a strong, active and vocal civil society by letting the people to see a good, a better and then the best world.
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