Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Democracy, observed on 15 September: “Democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights are bedrocks of resilient, inclusive and peaceful societies. They underwrite freedom, advance sustainable development and protect the dignity and rights of every person. On the International Day of Democracy, we celebrate its promise to societies — and recognize the many threats it faces at this time of tension and turmoil. The walls are closing in on civic spaces. Mis- and disinformation are poisoning public discourse, polarizing communities and eroding trust in institutions. This year’s theme — “Empowering the Next Generation” — focuses on the essential role of children and young people in safeguarding democracy today and in the future. On this important day, let us join hands across generations and work as one to build a more just world for all.”
On this important Day, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia Office, joined hands with stakeholders in Zambia in hosting a panel discussion to “Review the State of Democracy in Zambia.” The aim of the panel discussion was to provide a platform for dialogue and make actionable and practical recommendations to policy makers and stakeholders, that will enhance the democratic statehood in Zambia .
The panel consisted of representives from academia, civil society and political parties (these included; The Socialist Party Zambia, The Patriotic Front Party, the New Heritage Party and the United Party for National Development). The discussion was broadcast live on the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation TV1 channel as well as the FES Zambia facebook page and this increased the views of the discussion by the Zambian population