Germany supports UN Democracy Fund, increases contribution by 1.3 Mio USD

Sep 14, 2010

On September 15th – the third “International Day of Democracy” – the German Mission to the United Nations hosted a donor-meeting organized by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). On this occasion Ambassador Wittig announced an additional German contribution to UNDEF of 1 Mio. Euro (ca. 1.3 Mio USD).

 

Ambassador Wittig pointed to the Millennium Declaration of the year 2000 and the World Summit of 2005 – both of which reflect the commitments made by member states to protect and promote human rights, the rule of law and democracy. Ambassador Wittig stated: “Germany believes that good governance and the rule of law at the national and international levels and solid democratic institutions responsive to the needs of people are essential to achieve development.”

 

Ambassador Wittig also mentioned the importance of support by friends and partners: “Germany’s unification would not have been possible without democracy and the support it garnered among our international partners. It needs strong democratic institutions to build a strong economy – and to be an active and responsible partner within the international community.”

 

Background:

As a founding member of the Advisory Board of the UN Democracy Fund and one

of the largest financial contributors to the fund, Germanyhas supported the

work of UNDEF since its establishment in 2005. With today’s pledge, the German

overall contribution the fund will amount to almost 10 Mio USD. For more information please also refer to the Secretary-General’s Guidance-Note of the Secretary-General on Democracy, a central document defining the United Nations’ position on democratization and commending UNDEF for its work:  http://www.un.org/democracyfund/Docs/UNSG Guidance Note on Democracy.pdf

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