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OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION ON DEMOCRACY
Declaration adopted by acclamation by the IPU Governing Council at its 181st session
We are concerned, however, that in many countries parliament, the central institution of democracy, is experiencing a crisis of legitimacy. Democracy itself is facing serious challenges, including certain effects of globalization, poverty, violations of human rights, corruption and terrorism.
We reaffirm the validity of the principles, precepts and values enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Democracy and invite the world parliamentary community to redouble its efforts to promote and defend them.
We solemnly affirm the Inter-Parliamentary Union's resolve to continue to promote democracy in its broadest sense, and in particular to pursue its efforts to help parliaments become ever more representative, transparent, accessible, accountable and effective.