DCP’s Caldeirinha Presents Case for Greater EU Involvement in the CD

In July, 2004 DCP’s Regional Director for Europe Claudia Caldeirinha gave a presentation to key EU experts and policymakers on why greater European Union involvement is needed in the Community of Democracies. Calling the current EU policy inconsistent, Ms. Caldeirinha argues that greater involvement would be consistent with EU principles and would serve to internationalize and enhance the profile of the Community of Democracies. The Conference entitled “Enhancing the European Profile in Democracy Assistance” was hosted by The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (IMD).
Nongovernmental Secretariat Presents Recommendations to
Convening Group

In July 2004 the NGO Executive Secretariat presented recommendations to the Convening Group Ambassadors gathered in Santiago for the quarterly meeting held on the Community of Democracies. These proposals cover such issues as criteria for invitations to the Community of Democracies meetings and democratization of the Convening Group.

To read the proposals, please click on the following links: Global Issues Group: Its Role and Proposals and Civil Society Participation at the Ministerial Meeting of the Community of Democracies.

DCP Co-hosts two workshops on the CD process at World Movement for Democracy’s 3rd Assembly held in Durban, South Africa

DCP co-hosted two workshops on multilateral democracy promotion highlighting the role of the Community of Democracies, civil society, International Financial Institutions and the United Nations.

Read the report on Promoting Democracy Multilaterally: What can Civil Society do through the United Nations, International Financial Institutions and the Community of Democracies?

Read the report on The Non-Governmental Process for the Community of Democracies, Santiago 2005: Promoting Regional Dialogues Among Governments and Civil Society

Read the presentation given by David French, CEO of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, on the Community of Democracies, click here.

NGO Process Global Issues Group

NGO Secretariat Issues Final Report of CD Santiago NGO Process

Based on the final meeting of the Community of Democracies Santiago NGO Process, the Executive Secretariat has issued a final report to all governments invited to the 3rd Ministerial Meeting of the Community of Democracies. This document brings together the recommendations and proposals discussed at the final NGO meeting held in Santiago on 3-4 March 2005. The document first presents global proposals that address the overarching themes of international cooperation, political systems, corruption and accountability, civil society, and human security. The second set of proposals are based on the regional workshops held at the final NGO meeting as well as regional meetings that took place in the year preceding the 3rd Ministerial. For more information, please visit the official website of the NGO Secretariat.

NGO Process Global Issues Group

In an effort both to advise the governments of the Community of Democracies and also to strengthen the Community of Democracies process by making it more transparent and democratic, the Executive Secretariat organized a working group of non-state actors to think critically about the governmental process and develop proposals for increasing its effectiveness.

The group includes representatives from: the Democracy Coalition Project, the Council for a Community of Democracies, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the Institute of Multi-Party Democracy, and the Executive Secretariat.

The group focuses on the following issues:

a)Strengthening the Democracy Caucus in the United Nations
b)Criteria for the governmental invitation process
c)Democratization of the Convening group (e.g. mechanisms of rotation, participation, transparency of decision-making, etc)
d)Formalize participation of civil society actors in Community of Democracies process, especially regarding the format of the Ministerial meeting.

The Global Issues Group based its discussion on a paper prepared by the Democracy Coalition Project with contributions and endorsements from Westminster Foundation, Institute for Multiparty Democracy and Council for a Community of Democracies.