UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Saturday referred to the need to bring the young and the marginalised to the political system on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy. Guterres noted that the democracy (today) is receiving the largest pressure than any other moment and we must seek ways to invigorate the democracy and to seek answers for the systemic challenges it is facing.
Guterres message, via the Athens-Macedonian News Agency follows
The democracy is showing greater strain than at any other time in decades. For this reason, the International Democracy Day should urge us to seek ways to invigorate the democracy and to seek for answers for the systemic challenges it is facing. This means to address the inequality, at economic and political level. It means nobody to be excluded from our democracies and to bring back the young and the marginalised to the political system. It means to make our democracies more innovative and able to meet the emerging challenges.
Working for a future that will leave no one behind, is demanded to examine the main pressing questions. For example, which will be the impact of migration or climate change on democracy for the next generation. How we best harness the potential of the new technologies and in parallel avoid the risk. How we will build a better governance in order the democracy to offer a better quality of living and to fully meet the people’s expectations. “It means making our democracies more inclusive, by bringing the young and marginalized into the political system,” he continued. “It means making democracies more innovative and responsive to emerging challenges.”
“On this International Day of Democracy, let us commit to joining forces for the future of democracy,” concluded the Secretary-General in his message.