Ministerial Conferences are bi-annual high-level meetings of states, civil society, and other democracy stakeholders, with the aim of exchanging views and best practices on supporting the common democratic values and standards outlined in the Warsaw Declaration.
The Governing Council invites states as participants or observers, in accordance with the invitation procedure. Ministerial Conferences conclude with the adoption of the Ministerial Declaration by the participating states. Warsaw Declaration was the first Ministerial Declaration of the Community of Democracies.
The 2017 Governing Council Ministerial Conference was hosted by the United States. The event was held on September 15th, International Day of Democracy, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C. The conference concluded the U.S. Presidency of the Community of Democracies (2015-2017). In the Declaration of Washington, adopted at the conference, the Governing Council Member States reaffirmed their commitment to the principles outlined in the Warsaw Declaration, including determination to work together to promote and strengthen democracy and consolidate and strengthen democratic institutions.