Islamabad (APP): The United Nations (UN) International Day of Democracy will be observed on September 15 (Friday) across the world, including Pakistan, to raise public awareness about democracy.

This year’s theme of democracy and conflict prevention focuses on the critical need to strengthen democratic institutions to promote peace and stability.

A more integrated approach to foster resilient societies calls for effective and inclusive democratic governance with respect for human rights and the rule of law.

Various activities and events would also be held around the world to promote democracy on this date.

The UN strives to achieve its goals of peace, human rights and development.

It believes that human rights and the rule of law are best protected in democratic societies.

The UN also recognizes a fundamental truth about democracy everywhere – that democracy is the product of a strong, active and vocal civil society.

The UN general assembly decided on November 8, 2007, to make September 15 as the annual date to observe the International Day of Democracy.

The assembly invited people and organizations, both government and non-government, to commemorate the International Day of Democracy.

It also called for all governments to strengthen their national programs devoted to promoting and consolidating democracy.

The assembly encouraged regional and other intergovernmental organizations to share their experiences in promoting democracy.