This is the News and Resources Portal for the Summit for Democracy, an EU-funded resources portal to support broad engagement in the Summit for Democracy and related 2022 Year of Action. It provides information on the Summit, Summit commitments, related events and publications and democracy data.
The Summit for Democracy is an initiative headed by the US Government in response to serious challenges to democracy and increasing authoritarianism globally. The initiative will bring together in December 2021 and again in December 2022 leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector to set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal and to tackle the greatest threats faced by democracies today through collective action.
A potentially major contribution of the Summit in revitalising democracy and countering corruption and authoritarianism is its call for concrete commitments made by governments. The commitments will be updated on a regular basis.
Brazil released a number of commitments under each of the Summit’s core themes. Commitments include ensuring free and fair elections, supporting women and expanding their political participation, protecting the rights to speech, security and association, promoting social inclusion and development, protecting indigenous peoples, countering racism and other discrimination, and more comprehensive, transparent, high-tech and collaborative measures in the fight against corruption.
Taiwan made commitments at the national, regional and international levels across the Summit’s three pillars. Commitments were organised into the following main themes: anti-corruption & fiscal transparency, open government, civic participation and democratic institutions, countering disinformation, international religious freedom, overarching human rights, gender, disability and race, and business, human and labour rights.
The US administration announced the Presidential Initiative for Democratic Renewal, a set of policy and foreign assistance initiatives that build upon the U.S. Government’s significant, ongoing work to bolster democracy and defend human rights globally. The efforts will centre on five key work areas: supporting free and independent media, fighting corruption, bolstering democratic reformers, advancing technology for democracy, and defending free and fair elections and political processes.
The European Union launched the Global Europe Human Rights and Democracy programme, worth €1.5 billion over the period 2021–2027, stepping up EU support in promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, democracy, and the rule of law and the work of civil society organisations and human rights defenders around the world. The programme will promote and defend human rights and fundamental freedoms and strengthen the rule of law and accountability for abuses.