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.

Democracy Coalition Project

Over 100 governments participated in a landmark international political event in Warsaw, Poland in June 2000. In an effort to further consolidate their commitment to democratic principles, they agreed to endorse the Warsaw Declaration, which commits them to build a Community of Democracies as an association of democratic states dedicated to strengthening democratic values and institutions at home and abroad. Complementing the biennial ministerial gathering was a parallel nongovernmental meeting of leading democracy activists and thinkers from around the world. A Convening Group made up of Chile, the Czech Republic, India, Mali, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, South Africa and the United States organized a second ministerial meeting in Seoul, Korea in November 2002 and adopted the Soeul Plan of Action to deepen and sustain the commitments made in Warsaw; a parallel forum of civil society leaders was also convened in Seoul.

In the months leading up to the Second Ministerial, the Democracy Coalition Project worked with the civil society actors and convening group governments to assess which governments should be invited as full participants, which governments should be invited as observers and which governments should not be invited. The invitation list can be accessed by clicking here. To see a comparison of invitees between the the First Ministerial in Warsaw and the Second Ministerial in Seoul, click here.

The Democracy Coalition Project (DCP) seeks to monitor CD governments’ implementation of the Warsaw Declaration and Seoul Plan of Action through an assortment of ongoing activities. These include contributing to the Community of Democracies Ministerial Process in advance of the 2005 and 2002 meetings; actively participating in the parallel nongovernmental process; and pressing Convening Group countries to uphold criteria for participation in the Community of Democracies. DCP is also working to make the Community of Democracies a viable instrument for governments to promote democracy at home and through the institutions to which they belong, through means such as the Democracy Caucus at the United Nations and other intergovernmental institutions.