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Global leaders discuss democracy

THE Summit for Democracy 2023 has begun, and the participating nations have emphasized how crucial democracy is to developing economies.

According to the world leaders, freedom, human rights, and the rule of law should be hastened since democracy is in danger.

The leaders have also explained how misinformation undermines democracy, which is why coordinated measures are necessary to make sure that democracy survives.

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres declared during the summit’s opening remarks that it is past time for democracy to triumph because certain nations’ democracies are being attacked and free speech has been suppressed.

According to Mr. Guterrers, by working together, the walls that have invaded democracy can be reduced, which is why nations have gathered to support democratic societies.

“Together we must fight for democracy which starts from free and fair elections. Global threats to democracy cannot be fought by one Government alone,” he said.

In his inaugural remarks, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi noted that India has a long history of elective government.

“Democracy is not just a structure. It is a spirit based on the need that all humans are important. India despite many global challenges is the fastest growing major economy because of democracy, ” he said.

Giorgia Meloni, the prime minister of Italy, stated in her speech that democracy is the foundation of economic progress, prosperity, and stable and effective institutions.

She stated that everyone must take part in the economic road maps.

“We are committed to democracy and that is why we are contributing to investment and food security. In July from the 24th to the 26th, we will be having a stock taking food summit as we need to support nations that have not reached our level,” she said.

Meanwhile, Kenyan President William Ruto said nations need a viable democratic environment for dispensation of development through areas of innovations and many others.

“Democratic societies are committed to sustainability and inclusion as they offer best opportunities,” he said.

The President of Botswana MokGweetsi Masisi urged all leaders present to strengthen democracy.

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