VII Ministerial Conference, Ulaanbaatar, 2013
The VII Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies took place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on April 27-29, 2013. It concluded two years of Mongolian presidency of the Community of Democracies, highlighting the message of democracy on the rise in Asia.
The Ministerial Conference took place with the participation of official representatives from over 100 countries, and over 100 civil society, youth and women representatives, as well as Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and Tawakkol Karman, and representatives from international organizations. Together, participants discussed the current state of democracy in the world, in its different aspects, summarizing the Community's activities under the Mongolian presidency, and suggesting further developments for the following years. Among the main outcomes of the Conference were a pledge by the Mongolian government for a yearly contribution of USD 150,000 for the functioning of the Community of Democracies, and the establishment of the Asian Democracy Network, consisting of Foreign Ministers of Member States of the Community of Democracies from the Asia-Pacific region - an unprecedent regional organization in the area, based solely upon the devotion to democratic values.
Upon closure of the Ministerial Conference, the Presidency of the Community of Democracies was passed to El Salvador, which will hold the term until 2015.
Outcomes, decisions and reflections from the conference can be found in the hereby attached documents:
VI Ministerial Conference, Vilnius, 2011
The VI Ministerial Conference took place from June 29th – July 1st, 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
On 1 July, the sixth Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies adopted the Vilnius Declaration. It emphasizes the commitment to strengthen the CD activities and endorses the initiative to help other countries, which are now in the process of transition to democracy. The Declaration endorsed the Democracy Partnership Challenge, a framework in which the countries Conference of the CD can help other countries that are implementing democratic reforms (The US and Poland will work on Moldova and the Netherlands and Slovak Republic will help Tunisia). In order to increase the efficiency, scope and activities of the CD, new institutional dimensions of the Community were shaped. A decision was taken to establish the Governing Council of the Community of Democracies Council, which will become the Communities governing body.
- CD Vilnius Declaration
- Parliamentary Forum for Democracy Declaration, Vilnius 2011
- CD Youth Action Plan 2011 – 2013
- Civil Society Leaders Urge Greater Support for Democracy Worldwide
- Corporate Democracy Forum Final Report, Vilnius
Read more about the conference on the CCD webpage.
High Level Democracy Meeting, Kraków 2010
On the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Community of Democracies, eighty seven official delegations from around the world, including forty at the ministerial level, gathered In Krakow, Poland July 2-4 to reaffirm their commitment to democracy at the High Level Democracy Meeting (HLDM). Hosted by the Polish government and organized by the Permanent Secretariat of the Community of Democracies, the event drew official delegations from New Zealand, Chile, Indonesia, North America, Kenya and Europe as well as 200 civil society activists from Burma/Myanmar, Zimbabwe, China, Russia and Cuba, among others. The legendary Solidarity leader, Lech Wałesa, and former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright were among the guests. European, African and North American Parliamentarians convened in the newly formed Parliamentary Forum at the initiative of Lithuania, which currently holds the chairmanship of the Community of Democracies.
V Ministerial Conference, Lisbon, 2009
The Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Community of Democracies in Lisbon, Portugal took place on July 11 and 12, 2009, hosted by the Portuguese Chair of the CD. Representatives of Foreign Ministries from all around the world met to discuss the ways in which they can cooperate to support the development and consolidation of democracy worldwide. The theme of this biennial Ministerial was the "Impact of the Global Economic and Financial Crisis on Democratic Governance." An important feature of the Community of Democracies is its commitment to partnership with civil society, and nongovernmental leaders from all regions of the world were also present and participated actively in Ministerial sessions. As in past meetings of the CD, the Lisbon meeting issued a Ministerial Declaration, a set of commitments by CD member nations aimed at strengthening democratic development worldwide.
IV Ministerial Conference, Bamako, 2007
From the 14-17 of November 2007, participants gathered at the Fourth Ministerial of the Community of Democracies in Bamako, Mali. The four day conference brought together participants from more than 100 countries and democratic activists to discuss the state of democracy in the world and proposals to advance global democracy.
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