At the first meeting
of the Community
of Democracies in June 2000 in Warsaw, Poland, the more
than 100 participating governments pledged to form coalitions
and caucuses in existing international and regional institutions
to support resolutions and other international activities
aimed at the promotion of democratic governance.
In October that same year, the first effort
was made at the United Nations (UN) to convene a gathering
of states participating in the Community of Democracies (CD)
process. Some sixty states sent representatives to the meeting.
Later that year, with the active support of those states,
the UN General Assembly approved a landmark Resolution
on Promoting and Consolidating Democracy.
Building on this momentum, the Democracy Coalition
Project, Freedom House and the Transnational Radical Party,
and other NGOs formed a coalition and began to urge the formal
creation of a Democracy Caucus at the UN. Through direct appeals
to the CD Convening Group and other official bodies, as well
as outreach to other interested civil society groups, parliamentarians
and the media, the Campaign for a UN Democracy Caucus made significant progress toward its goals. Notably, in September
2004, the first formal meeting of the Democracy Caucus’s
foreign ministers, chaired by Chile, was held at the UN General
Assembly, followed by first-ever meetings of the permanent
representative and expert staff of the Democracy Caucus members.
For more information please visit: www.democracycaucus.net
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