Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited to the ‘Summit for Democracy’ organized by US President Joe Biden next month and he is probably participating in the virtual meet, sources said on Friday.
On December 9 and 10, 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 curb the greatest threats faced by democracies today through collective action, according to the US Department of State.
For the United States, the Democracy summit will offer an opportunity to listen, learn, and engage with a diverse range of actors whose support and commitment is critical for global democratic renewal, the US Department of State said.
It will highlight one of democracy’s unique strengths: the ability to acknowledge its imperfections and confront them openly and transparently, so that the United States Constitution puts it, “form a more perfect union.”
In advance of the first summit, the US will consult with experts from government, multilateral organizations, philanthropies, civil society, and the private sector to solicit bold, practicable ideas around three key themes:
- Defending against authoritarianism
- Addressing and fighting corruption
- Promoting respect for human rights
Leaders will be encouraged to announce specific actions and commitments to meaningful internal reforms and international initiatives that advance the Summit’s goals.
These pledges will include domestic and international initiatives that counter authoritarianism, combat corruption, and promote respect for human rights.
Civil society will be represented on panels and in townhalls as a part of the official program. Their inclusion is based on a variety of factors including geographic representation, political context, and subject matter expertise.
Source: Business Line, The Diplomat