By Ivan Maltsev
This day is dedicated to confirming that democracy “is the most reliable means of achieving peace, prosperity, and security,” the president recalled.
“This is how we best protect the universal human rights, fundamental freedoms, and dignity that are inherent in every person. And at a time when democracies are increasingly being challenged by those who seek to rule by force and repression, democracies must prove that we can meet the needs of our citizens as we strive for a more just, inclusive, and sustainable world,” Biden stressed.
“Protecting America’s democratic values at home and around the world is necessary for the revival of our national power and the promotion of our interests,” the president continued. – But democracy can function only when all people are fully involved, their rights are protected, and their voices are heard and taken into account. As we continue to work to improve our union, we must openly and honestly fight the history of systemic inequality and injustice and how it still restricts many in our society. And we must use the power of our democracy to invest in the American people and our American future so that we can ensure equality and opportunity for all.”
“No democracy is perfect, and no democracy has a complete form,” the head of the White House stated. – Every success, every obstacle overcome is the result of hard, continuous work. This is the defining question of our time: can democracies unite to bring real results for our peoples in a rapidly changing world? Will the democratic unions and institutions that have formed over the past century prove their ability to withstand modern threats and opponents? I think so. That is why, on December 9-10, 2021, I will be proud to hold a virtual Summit for Democracy to form a constructive agenda for the renewal of democracies worldwide.
Together with its partners, the United States will continue its vital work to strengthen democratic institutions, protect civil society and independent media, promote free and fair elections, protect human rights and hold accountable those who commit abuses and fuel corruption.”
“On this International Day of Democracy, we once again commit to doing the hard work necessary to ensure that democracies continue to lead the world, guided by our values, and shape a future based on respect for the rights of all people,” President Biden concluded.