The Summit for Democracy

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This Pride Month photo was taken on May 17, 2018, by the Equality Movement, a Georgian civil society organization partnering with USAID to advance equal human rights protections for all Georgians. Photo credit: Mikheil Meparishvili, Equality Movement.

 

On December 9-10, 2021, President Biden will host the first of two Summits for Democracy, which will bring together leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector to set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal and to tackle the greatest threats faced by democracies today through collective action.

The Summit presents an opportunity to discuss how to strengthen democracy in times of peril and to show how democracy still works and can improve people’s lives in tangible ways. It aims to show how open, rights-respecting societies can work together to effectively tackle the challenges of our time, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and inequality.

The Summit will solicit innovative and bold commitments centered around three principal themes:

  • Defending against authoritarianism
  • Addressing and fighting corruption
  • Advancing respect for human rights

USAID will participate in the Summit for Democracy and highlight our work that strengthens democracy and supports democratic ambitions. USAID plans to announce a bold suite of new programming at the Summit to strengthen democracy work and expose, track, and disrupt transnational corruption and mitigate its impact on democratic governance and development progress by working at the local, national, regional, and global levels.

Watch the live stream: https://www.state.gov/summit-for-democracy/

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All Hands on Deck: Innovating Together to Combat Transnational Corruption. December 7 at 10:00 a.m. EST

Last updated: December 08, 2021

December 7, 2021

Yesterday, as you may know, the White House released the first-ever U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption, which offers new proposals to prevent corrupt actors from using America’s financial markets as their personal playground. And it outlines how we are bringing the fight against corruption to our assistance, and to our diplomatic, and security partnerships overseas.

December 6, 2021

We are honored to host today, Administrator Samantha Power of the United States Agency for International Development, or USAID. Throughout her career, she has been an ally and advocate, elevating issues impacting young people all around the world. We are really excited to have her join today's Community of Democracies' Youth Assembly, ahead of the Summit for Democracy later this week. Welcome, Administrator Power.

December 6, 2021

Around the world, in countries as varied as Russia, Venezuela and China, the wealthy and the well-connected launder their assets through complex networks of shell companies or transactions involving art, real estate and, occasionally, cryptocurrencies. Sometimes those gains are ill-gotten and sometimes they are legitimately earned but illicitly hidden to evade taxes. But what links all corrupt acts is that they take resources from citizens, undermine public trust and — ultimately — threaten the progress of those who fight for democracy.

December 5, 2021

On December 9-10, 2021, President Biden will host a virtual Summit for Democracy, which will bring together leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector to set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal and to tackle together the greatest threats democracies face today. The Summit will provide a platform for leaders to make both individual and collective commitments to strengthen democracy, combat corruption, and defend human rights at home and abroad.

December 3, 2021

Administrator Samantha Power is hosting a Summit for Democracy event, “All Hands on Deck: Innovating Together to Combat Transnational Corruption,” to highlight innovations and collaboration to tackle corruption from a wide range of partners and problem-solvers, including civil society, the philanthropic community, businesses, and donor governments. Administrator Power will also announce concrete ways to partner with USAID in tackling transnational corruption during the Summit for Democracy year of action and beyond.

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