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Welcome to the latest issue of UNDEF Update, the newsletter of the United Nations Democracy Fund. This electronic quarterly provides a user-friendly snapshot of what we do, how we work and why. To view the latest issue, please click here.  For a text-only version (recommended for dial-up connections), please click here. more >>
President Obama made special mention of the UN Democracy Fund in his address to the General Assembly on 23 September, saying "it’s time for every Member State... to increase the UN Democracy Fund". He spoke of democracy as the form of government that delivers most for citizens, and spoke of civil society -- the focus of UNDEF's work -- as the shapers of human progress and the conscience of communities."To put it simply: democracy, more than any other form of government, delivers for our citizens. more >>
UNDEF Executive Head Roland Rich met on 21 September with María Otero, United States Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs and Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. In the course of the meeting, Under Secretary Otero expressed the strong and continuing support of the US Administration for the UN Democracy Fund. She noted that the Fund had achieved considerable results in the five short years since it was created. more >>
Governments spoke candidly at an event on the International Day of Democracy about their individual countries’ journeys towards democratic governance, reflected on the challenges ahead, and reaffirmed their commitment to the the UN Democracy Fund as a unique tool to strengthen democratic processes and values at the grassroots of societies around the world. more >>
Roland Rich, Executive Head of UNDEF, was interviewed by Bill Miller for his program Global Connections. The interviewwas taped on 5 August. In the course of the interview Mr Rich discusses UNDEF projects and answers questions relating to democracy and the democratization process. The Interview is being shown on UNTV. more >>
Welcome to the latest issue of UNDEF Update, the newsletter of the United Nations Democracy Fund. This electronic quarterly provides a user-friendly snapshot of what we do, how we work and why.To view the latest issue, please click here.  For a text-only version (recommended for dial-up connections), please click here. more >>
In Palestine, UNDEF funds a project to build leadership capacity among youth and establish forums for them to participate in democratic processes and promote democratic principles in their communities. more >>
10 May 2010  Welcome to the latest issue of UNDEF Update, the newsletter of the United Nations Democracy Fund. This electronic quarterly provides a user-friendly snapshot of what we do, how we work and why.To view the latest issue, please click here.  For a text-only version (recommended for dial-up connections), please click here. more >>
On Kenya’s independence in 1963, when the constitution was negotiated in London, only one woman delegate from Kenya was present. Women’s rights and issues were largely ignored in the document that emerged. Despite numerous constitutional amendments since then, women and minorities in Kenya face considerable challenges in asserting their rights. more >>
Anthony Kwame Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University and a member of the UNDEF Advisory Board for 2010-11, spoke at the Board's Spring meeting on 29 March. His remarks were a concise yet profound reflection on the nature and philosophy of democracy: more >>

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