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Guidance Note of the Secretary-General on Democracy

Guidance Note of the Secretary-General on Democracy

The Guidance Note on Democracy was released in 2009 by the United Nations Secretary-General. Although primarily intended for the UN Secretariat, it presents a conception of democracy and principles for assistance that are helpful in general. Overall, the Guidance Note promotes a broad and open definition of democracy, while providing an illustrative framework to how democracy may be consolidated by local and external actors.

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Contents

1. Introduction

2. Normative and Conceptual Foundations

3. Guiding Principles for Effective Assistance

4. UN Democracy Assistance: Areas of UN Focus and Comparative Advantage

5. Conclusion: Enhancing Coherence and Coordination

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