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International Day of Democracy September 15, 2013 by Mind Map: International Day of
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International Day of Democracy September 15, 2013

Democracy Day

Created by UN General Assembly

One of the six principal organs of the United Nations (UN)

Only body in which every member of the organization is represented and allowed to vote

First session of the assembly convened on Jan. 10, 1946, 51 countries were represented

As of 2006 there were 192 members of the General Assembly

Numerous nonmembers maintain observer status, enabling them to participate in the work of the General Assembly.

The General Assembly exercises deliberative, supervisory, financial, and elective functions relating to any matter within the scope of the UN Charter

Its primary role, however, is to discuss issues and make recommendations, though it has no power to enforce its resolutions or compel state action.

In resolution A/62/7 (2007)

This year's theme

Strengthening Voices for Democracy

About Democracy

Can be defined as “government in which sovereignty (authority to govern) lies with the people”

History

Most nations throughout history have been governed by monarchy., Sovereignty lies with a single hereditary ruler

Transition from monarchy to representative democracy, Gradual process, Stretched from the Middle Ages up to the twentieth century, Took place in Western Europe and the United States, Three critical achievements, Representation, Middle Ages (ca. 500-1500), Empowerment, Early Modern (ca. 1500-1800), Suffrage, Nineteenth century

Quotes

"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried." Winston Churchill

"Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man." Ronald Reagan

"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education." Franklin D. Roosevelt

Democracy Index Map 2012

= The Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy index map for 2012, with greener colours representing more democratic countries.

10 Things to Know About Elections and Democracy