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International Day of Democracy

International Day of Democracy 2020, 2021 and 2022

Each 15 September is designated as International Day of Democracy. This is a UN observance meant to promote the principles of democratic government, celebrate the progress of democratic reforms, and to raise public awareness about the lack of democracy that still exists in many parts of the world. It was first celebrated in 2007.

YearDateDayHoliday
202015 SepTueInternational Day of Democracy
202115 SepWedInternational Day of Democracy
202215 SepThuInternational Day of Democracy
202315 SepFriInternational Day of Democracy
202415 SepSunInternational Day of Democracy
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The basic idea behind the day is that democracy is a universal value not limited to a particular region or time period, nor “owned” by any particular country. It is part and parcel of the self-determination of societies in regard to matters political, economic, and social.

On International Day of Democracy each year, there are special efforts to highlight the importance of democracy in many countries. And the UN itself will make efforts to mark the importance of the day.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
201915 SepSunInternational Day of Democracy
201815 SepSatInternational Day of Democracy
201715 SepFriInternational Day of Democracy