Democracy is about people. It is built on inclusion, equal treatment and participation. It is a fundamental building block for peace, sustainable development and human rights. Democracy provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights. True democracy is a two way street, built on a constant dialogue between civil society and political class. As we mark Democracy Day, we urge all governments to respect the right to active, substantive and meaningful participation. We as a Presidium family salute all who strive tirelessly to make this happen.