Leaders of the world’s democracies come together every two years for a Ministerial Conference that reconfirms their commitment to core democratic principles and sets the global agenda for the Community of Democracies.
More than 100 Participating States are joined by representatives of civil society, as well as lawmakers and businesspeople who are committed to democracy and human rights, during three days of meetings that focus on sharing information and taking common action in support of our shared values.
They evaluate the Community’s performance and make plans and recommendations for the future. Different meetings for parliamentarians, youth, civil society, private sector and women focus on particular aspects of the Community’s work.
The observations and recommendations from these forums feed into the Day of Dialogue that takes place on the second day of the Ministerial Conference. By bringing representatives of government, civil society, the private sector and youth together, the Community enables meaningful dialogue that and promotes cooperation among some of the governmental and nongovernmental actors with a stake in the democratic process.
On the third and final day, ministers come together for a high-level dialogue about the most pressing issues facing the democratic community, including those that were raised during the Day of Dialogue and those that had been identified as priorities during the previous two-year period. The highlight of each Conference is the signing of the Ministerial Declaration – a reaffirmation of the countries’ commitment to the values and practices of democracy, and a pledge for further activities to support these values.
The Ministerial Day concludes with the presidential transition, during which the presidency is transferred from one member of the Governing Council to another for a two-year period.