Who we are
The Community of Democracies (CoD) is an international organization that drives the global democracy agenda through common action. It was established in in 2000 to bring together governments, civil society and the private sector in the pursuit of a common goal: supporting democratic rules and strengthening democratic norms and institutions around the world.
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At the dawn of the 21st Century, democracy was increasingly recognized as the only legitimate form of government, with more and more countries adopting its norms and practices.
A new Community was needed to support the new democratic world order; an organization not based upon geographic factors or economic interests, but solely upon the ideological basis of agreement on democratic principles and the will to actively contribute to their strengthening throughout the world.
Born as a common initiative of former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, and Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Bronislaw Geremek, the Community was officially launched in a special ministerial conference held in Warsaw in June 2000. The Warsaw Ministerial Conference was successful and gathered high-level delegations from 106 countries – establishing democracies alongside young ones. By the end of the conference, all participating delegations signed our founding document, the Warsaw Declaration “Toward a Community of Democracies.”
Participating states pledge to uphold the democratic values expressed in the Warsaw Declaration and to support them through a variety of initiatives.