Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the International Day of Democracy

United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
September 15, 2023

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the International Day of Democracy

As we celebrate the International Day of Democracy, we rededicate ourselves to supporting the role democratic systems have in sustaining peace and stability around the world. Without these systems, the freedoms and human rights, that we depend on cease to exist.

The United States has long championed and defended democracy – not only because it is the right thing to do, but because nations rooted in democracy are more prosperous, more peaceful, and more just.

When President Biden hosted the second Summit for Democracy in March, he noted “We have to continually renew our commitment, continually strengthen our institutions, root out corruption where we find it, seek to build consensus, and reject political violence, give hate and extremism no safe harbor.”

Globally, autocratic forces continue to seek to undermine democracies, to erode institutions and protections erode, and to encourage countries backslide into autocratic forms of government.  But as the President said in March, with our support we can say with pride that the democracies of the world are getting stronger, not weaker.  Autocracies of the world are getting weaker, not stronger.

While the challenges are great, our resolve is greater. The United States remains committed to working with our partners and people around the world to address these challenges and support democracy, which is the best foundation for development, social cohesion, prosperity, and stability.

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