Ban Ki-moon highlights UNDEF's work in speech to Council of Europe

In a keynote address to the Council of Europe's World Forum for Democracy, the UN Secretary-General spoke of the practical actions the UN is taking to support democracy.

"Our Democracy Fund, the UN Development Programme, UN Women, the UN Peacebuilding Fund and the UN Secretariat are working with other partners within and beyond the United Nations to foster democracy around the world," Ban Ki-moon told the event held in Strasbourg on 8 October.

"More fundamentally, our work to promote human rights and empower people serves the broader goal of strengthening the ability of citizens to participate in the decisions affecting their lives.

"I am encouraged by what a local leader of a UN Democracy Fund project said, namely that our support is much more than a source of funding – it is 'a source of pride, of legitimacy, of convening power, of inspiration to others to take our work further'.”