Under the theme of “Democracy and Development”, the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies (CD) was held from July 21-24th in San Salvador, El Salvador under the presidency of the El Salvadoran government. Organized by the El Salvador Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the CD permanent secretariat, a variety of pressing challenges to democracy on the international platform were discussed. Topics such as the role of democracy on development, especially reduction of inequality, UN resolution on civil society space, education for democracy, improving electoral processes and freedom of expression were highlighted.
Attended by over 800 participants, the conference was a multi-stakeholder’s platform providing space to civil society, youth, private sector, and the parliamentarians to have free discussions on the challenges and best practices of democracy in the world today.
The Asia Democracy Network (ADN) representatives present at the CD to participate in the discussions to reclaim its space and voice for democracy and human rights advocates of Asia.
The ADN delegation is represented by:
Hyungsik Shin, ADN Secretary General
Anselmo Lee, ADN Co-Convener
Ichal Supriadi, ADN Steering Committee Member (ANFREL)
Augusto Miclat, ADN Steering Committee Member (GPPAC)
Soo Yon Suh, ADN Secretariat Manager
Importantly, one of the important outcomes at the 8th Ministerial Conference was the restructuration of civil society governance know as the International Steering Committee (ISC). An inclusion of regional democracy networks were added to further expand the representation and voice of the diverse civil society in all the regions advocating democracy. With this, ADN was invited to participate in the new restructuring of the civil society pillar as the regional network for Asia.
We hope through this new role in the CD, contribute in establishing space for Asia to share our experiences with the challenges of democracy in the CD.
To further our visibility, ADN Co-Convener Mr. Anselmo Lee gave a presentation at the opening plenary on the practical approaches to the challenges of democracy and development along the frame of the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be adopted in New York at the UN General Assembly in September this year.
With the new CD presidency given to the United States for the next two years, the CD is expected to increase its global visibility and strengthen its role as an a global body of like-minded governments advocating democracy and civic space.
ADN looks forward to being more involved with the CD to monitor the implementation of the VIII CD Ministerial Declaration_San Salvador adopted at the Ministerial Conference.
For the declaration from the civil society pillar, please refer to the Civil Society Declaration of the 8th Ministerial CD conference.
Asia Democracy Network (ADN) is a civil society led multi-stakeholders’ platform among democracy advocates and human rights defenders dedicated to the strengthening of democracy and human rights. ADN is a collaborative effort among CSOs engaged in democracy, human rights and development at the different levels of global, regional, national and local to enhance the synergetic effects of the joint advocacy of CSOs in the Asia region. ADN was founded in Seoul, Korea in Oct. 2013.