16 September 2022
Jessica Benton Cooney, USAID

The first Summit for Democracy provided a platform for leaders to announce both individual and collective commitments, reforms, and initiatives that defend democracy and human rights at home and abroad. This included submitting commitments on how they planned to take concrete action to deliver democratic progress for their citizens as well as how they would bolster democratic reforms.

During this Year of Action, various stakeholders, including civil society, are working to support and hold governments to account for these promises and also to push for them to be clear, actionable, and achievable.

For example, Nigeria President Buhari stated during the Summit that his country continues to face the challenge of insecurity which poses a threat to the country’s democracy. He committed to calling on global partners to support efforts tackling insurgency and terrorism.

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