The Community of Democracies is pleased to announce an upcoming side event on  “The Value of International and Regional Democratic Instruments for Sustainable Democracies”, to be held on September 27th at the 73rd  UNGA Session  in New York.

The Permanent Secretariat of the Community of Democracies, jointly with the Organization of American States (OAS) and International IDEA, is hosting a panel discussion on “The Value of International and Regional Democratic Instruments for Sustainable Democracies” as a side-event at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

The panel discussion will serve as an opportunity to foster a dialogue on the importance of international and regional instruments, specifically the CoD’s Warsaw Declaration and the Inter-American Democratic Charter of the OAS, both essential elements for the promotionprotection and sustainability of democracies.

Moreover, the discussion will be connected to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, specifically SDG16, in relation to democratic backsliding alongside with specific case studies from the Americas.


  • Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS)
  • Thomas E. Garrett, Secretary General of the Community of Democracies
  • Yves Leterme, Secretary General of International IDEA

The issues addressed at the event will include: 

  • The role of global and regional democratic instruments to strengthen and uphold democratic institutions;
  • How to encourage states to commit to preserving democratic principles;
  • The potential for international and regional organizations to increase opportunities for dialogue and joint strategies to counter democracy backsliding;
  • The role of multicultural organizations in supporting democratic processes in key post-conflict areas.

The event will be held on September 27th, 2018, from 9:30-11:00.