Advancing global democracy through partnerships between civil society and government

Community of Democracies

Invigorated by the belief that the time had come in the year 2000 to establish a global network of democratic countries with the principal aim of fortifying democratic governance everywhere, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Bronisław Geremek convened the first Ministerial of the Community of Democracies (CD) in Warsaw. With delegates representing 106 democratic and democratizing countries in attendance, the Community of Democracies was established with the adoption of the Warsaw Declaration, committing CD governments to a multilateral framework of cooperation to advance democratic norms and to work in concert to support and deepen democracy worldwide.

Council for a Community of Democracies

The Council for a Community of Democracies (CCD) is the only nongovernmental organization in the world with an exclusive focus on the CD. Since 2001, CCD has devoted itself to advocating for democratic change and international cooperation by working with civil society and governments around the world to making the CD a strong, democratic institution capable of addressing the needs of an ever-changing world.

In efforts to strengthen the role of civil society within the Community of Democracies, CCD established the International Steering Committee, a global network of civil society organizations committed to democracy and human rights, and currently serves as its secretariat. In this capacity, CCD represents the views of civil society to governments within the CD framework and works to build civil society support networks, which in turn serve as a source of ideas, proposing and undertaking projects and participating in the CD’s Working Groups. Among the initiatives CCD has proposed, and later implemented, have been:

CCD has also been a major source for ideas on reform of the CD to make it more effective.

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More about the CD and its mechanisms can be found at its website here.



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