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Community of Democracies
Global intergovernmental organization of states devoted to the ideas of democracy
Governments

Governments

The Community of Democracies is an intergovernmental organization, meaning that governments make up the key organizational structure. In order to oversee this task, 29 committed states formed the Community’s Governing Council. As the core group of the Community of Democracies, the Governing Council is responsible for the activities undertaken on behalf of the coalition. This group also decides which countries participate in the Ministerial Conferences, held every two years.

Since the member states have different stories of democratic development, each country serving on the Council brings a unique experience with democracy by representing different regions, cultures, and priorities. This diversity enables a process of mutual learning and understanding, which makes the Community of Democracies unique. The Council’s members include the following states:

  • Argentina
  • Cabo Verde
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Guatemala
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Lithuania
  • Mali
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Korea
  • Romania
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay  

The Presidency of the Community, which rotates among the member states of the Council every two years, leads the Governing Council. This role passes from continent to continent every two years. The post has been held twice by Asian countries, the Republic of Korea and Mongolia; twice by European countries, Portugal and Lithuania; twice by an American country, Chile and El Salvador; and once by an African country, Mali.

The United States assumed the Presidency in July 2015. 

During its term, the Presidency oversees all activities and initiatives of the Community and sets a “theme” to guide the Community’s priorities and work.

An Executive Committee assists the Presidency with its work. Functioning as an advisory board, it supports the Presidency and makes recommendations regarding the activities of the Community. Members of the Executive Committee include the current Presidency, the former and following Presidencies, as well as Poland, the United States and Sweden.

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