Santiago Conference

In Santiago, Chile, in April of 2005, the Community of Democracies met for the third time in its short but incredibly productive history. Before the meeting could take place, government representatives of the Ten Convening Countries met to plan the ministerial conference, while NGO representatives from the Convening Countries coordinated planning for the NGO Forum through the good offices of the Chilean NGO host organization supported in the United States by the Council for a Community of Democracies, located in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Coordinating Committee, which it chairs. You can find more information about the Conference - before, during, and after - in the pages below.

I. The Conference

II. Before Santiago

III. Moving Beyond Santiago...

  • Plans are underway to hold the 2007 Community of Democracies Conference in Bamako, Mali. For more information about the Bamako conference, click here.
  • The development of the International Centre for Democracy Transition (ICDT) in Budapest , Hungary gained momentum at the Santiago Conference.  The Centre began operation in the summer of 2005, and information on its initial projects will be available in the coming months .
  • Steps are being taken to prepare for a possible Ministerial of the Community of Democracies and its UN Democracy Caucus at the Opening Debate of UN General Assembly in September 2005. Those convened at the Ministerial would focus on the UN Secretary-General's plans for reform of the UN, particularly regarding   human rights issues and the establishment of a Human Rights Council, to include only those nations with demonstrated commitment to the advancement of human rights. 
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