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FEATURE STORY September 17, 2020

International Democracy Day – Quotes from Parliamentarians Around the World

International Democracy Day – Quotes from Parliamentarians Around the World

On the occasion of International Democracy Day, the World Bank Global Parliamentary Engagement team collected meaningful quotes from parliamentarians around the world to reflect on the value of democracy and what it achieves in their respective countries and for citizens globally. From the context of fragility, conflict and violence, to the global reality of shared challenges, see what some parliamentarians have to say on what democracy brings to them.


The World Bank supports good governance by delivering capacity building to countries for capable, efficient, open, inclusive and accountable institutions. A country with strong institutions that ensure accountability and transparency are key to ensuring resilience and earning trust from citizens, and are important in the fight against poverty and in building resilient economies for shared prosperity.

Parliamentarians are at the center of ensuring good governance, by virtue of their mandate as the connection between citizens and government, and as representatives of the people. In providing effective oversight of government actions, reviewing and enacting laws and allocating budgets, MPs have their say in defining priorities that uphold democratic values such as the need for gender equality, the allocation of resources towards education, job creation and the fight against poverty.  


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