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.