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UN In Armenia Marks The International Day Of Democracy

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  • UN In Armenia Marks The International Day Of Democracy

    14:22 18.09.2013

    Armenia, democracy, UN

    Today the UN Department of Public Information Office in Armenia with
    the NGO "Civic Partnership and Development Foundation" gave a start
    to a set of events dedicated to the International Day of Democracy.

    The UNDPI supported the civil society's initiative to discuss the
    role of private sector in the democratic development of the society
    and private-public partnerships. Around 15 organizations from private
    and public sectors, youth, civil society leaders and representatives
    of international organizations gathered at the round table to discuss
    how both sides benefit from their cooperation.

    The subject of this year's theme of the Democracy Day is "Strengthening
    Voices for Democracy", which aims to shine a spotlight on the
    importance of people's voices in today's political, economic, social,
    developmental, environmental and technological debates.

    "Inclusive participation prepares communities, societies and entire
    countries to address opposing points of view, forge compromises
    and solutions, and engage in constructive criticism. Inclusive
    participation helps communities develop functioning forms of democracy
    for government, corporations and civil society," said Ban Ki-moon,
    the UN Secretary-General.

    Armen Ghalumyan, Director of the NGO "Civic Partnership and Development
    Foundation" said: "Civil society in Armenia appreciates the support
    of the UN and other international organizations. We believe that
    cooperation between civil society and private sector is beneficial
    for both and we want to promote further strengthening of ties between
    public sector and businesses and discuss the lessons learned and
    best practices".

    Maria Dotsenko, the Representative of the UN Department of Public
    Information Office in Armenia, said: "Democracy is a universal
    value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine
    their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their
    participation in all aspects of their lives. Successful cooperation
    and partnership between private and public sectors is an essential
    component in ensuring democracy and sustainable development in Armenia
    as well as around the globe."