UNDEF project helps African Charter on Democracy enter into force

Jan 27, 2012

With UNDEF support, the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance has now been ratified by 15 nations – a milestone which means the Charter will now enter into force.

To take effect, the Charter requires at least 15 Member States to sign and ratify. On 16 January 2012, Cameroon became the 15th country to deposit its instrument of ratification with the African Union Commission. As per Article 48 of the Charter, it will enter into force on 15 February, 2012.

UNDEF at CIVICUS World Assembly

Sep 20, 2011

At the CIVICUS World Assembly in Montreal in September, UNDEF hosted a panel discussion that brought together UNDEF projects from four continents, each focusing on strengthening the voice of civil society. Kazi Fattah, Programme Manager, BRAC, Bangladesh, explained the structures being used to organize civil society at the village level, and how issues were brought to the attention of local governance entities.

SG approves fifth round of funding

Aug 19, 2011

For UNDEF's Fifth Round of Funding, the Secretary-General has approved a short list of 64 project proposals recommended by the UNDEF Advisory Board. The proposals were short-listed out of a record number of more than 3,700 applications - almost double the average number in the past few years. Because of the large number of applicants, UNDEF is able to respond directly only to those on the short list. For more details, please see our next newsletter in July.

The Doers of Democracy: An exhibition of photographs organized by UNDEF

May 11, 2011

'The Doers of Democracy', an exhibition of photographs organized by UNDEF, was displayed in the Visitors' Lobby at UN Headquarters in New York from 9 May to 15 July 2011, and at the Palais des Nations in Geneva in September 2011. The photographs, artifacts and publications in the exhibition all come from UNDEF projects around the world.

UNDEF Update 10

May 03, 2011

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.

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Freedom on the Net is under growing threat

Apr 25, 2011

Cyber attacks by the state, politically-motivated censorship, and government control over internet infrastructure have emerged as especially prominent threats to freedom in the internet, according to an UNDEF-funded report compiled by Freedom House. To illuminate the emerging threats to internet freedom and identify areas of opportunity, Freedom House created a unique methodology to assess the full range of elements that comprise digital media freedom.


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