UN official pays tribute to legacy of former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld

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.

UN chief urges dialogue to resolve political tensions in the Maldives

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.

Democracy vital in spurring development, achievement of human rights – Ban

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.

UN increasingly involved in democracy building, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spotlighted the growing trend for emerging democracies to seek help from the United Nations, in a message marking the International Day of Democracy.

Much work remains to turn democracy into ‘universal reality’ – Ban

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.

Democracy key to furthering peace, rights and development, says Ban

Marking the first-ever United Nations International Day of Democracy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today how crucial that form of government is to bettering the lives of people worldwide.

Ban urges restraint as post-electoral violence breaks out in Mongolian capital

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.

Democratization is a process, not an event, says Secretary-General Ban

Democratization requires careful nurturing through participation and institutions, despite being on the rise around the globe, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in New York today.

UN Democracy Fund to begin second round of funding applications

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.

UN declares 15 September as International Day of Democracy

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.