United Nations (UN) general secretary António Guterres has stated that democracy is showing greater strain than at any time in decades.
The UN chief made the statement on Friday ahead of the International Day of Democracy which falls on September 15.
“Democracy is showing greater strain than at any time in decades. That is why this International Day should make us look for ways to invigorate democracy and seek answers for the systemic challenges it faces,” said Guterres.
“This means tackling inequality, both economic and political. It means making our democracies more inclusive, by bringing the young and marginalized into the political system. It means making democracies more innovative and responsive to emerging challenges,” he added.
He said working for a future that leaves no one behind requires all to consider essential pressing questions.
For example, Guterres said, what impact will migration or climate change have on democracy in the next generation? “How do we best harness the potential of new technologies while avoiding the dangers? How do build better governance so that democracy delivers better lives and fully meets the public’s aspirations?”
“On this International Day of Democracy, let us commit to joining forces for the future of democracy,” concluded the UN chief.