Democracy and the Post-2015 development agenda

International IDEA • 10-06-2014
Democracy and the Post-2015 development agenda

The Millennium Declaration affirmed that democracy and democratic governance are essential for the success of the Post-2015 development framework.

The various processes underway to define the new development framework after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015 have now coalesced around the global guiding principle of sustainable development. Yet, despite its fundamental significance for sustainable development, the place of democracy in this new framework is far from secure.

Various elements of democracy—such as rule of law, respect for human rights, accountability, transparency and effective governance—are recognized as important in the new framework. However, it is critical to remember that the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts: rule of law or effective governance without democracy are not going to deliver sustainable development which is responsive to people’s human rights, needs and demands.

The human right of people to choose their own government, and to be equal in exercising that right, is lacking a place in the design of the new development agenda.

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization with a mission to support sustainable democracy worldwide.

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