Apathy, democracy's most insidious enemy, can be remedied with inclusive participation – UN chief

This year's International Day of Democracy falls amid volatile political transitions in several countries, prolonged economic crisis, and dramatic demographic and social change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, stressing that such events all underscore the need to strengthen people's voices in how they are governed — an imperative that lies at the heart of democracy.

UN chief: Member States must strengthen democracy, preserve fundamental freedoms

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed efforts by the world’s democratic nations in working to strengthen their foundations, while calling on all global leaders to guarantee fundamental freedoms and listen to their people.