The values and ideas embodied by the former United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld – from championing human rights to promoting democracy to fighting poverty – remain more relevant than ever, half a century after his death, a senior UN official said today.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern at rising political tensions in the Maldives, which led to some violent demonstrations earlier this week, and called for tackling all issues through dialogue.
Democratic governance both reinforces and is bolstered by development and human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored in a message to a high-level event drawing thousands of representatives of both governments and non-governmental organizations.
While democracy is widely seen as a universal value, much work remains to be done to turn it into a reality around the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a global forum seeking to advance and strengthen the democratic path.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the deadly violence that has erupted in Mongolia following last weekend’s parliamentary elections, calling on all parties to engage in dialogue to resolve the current crisis.
The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), which awards grants to projects that aim to promote and consolidate new and restored democracies, is opening its second round of funding applications this week.
Stressing the continuing need to promote democratization, development and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, the General Assembly today agreed to observe 15 September each year as the International Day of Democracy.