Advancing Democracy through the UN: The Challenges on the Ground, Erica Barks-Ruggles, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Speech at University of California Washington Center's UNDP Roundtable, Washington, DC, October 2, 2008 [open pdf - 99KB]
In this speech delivered at the University of California Washington Center's UNDP [United Nations Development Program] Roundtable, Erica Barks-Ruggles discusses the efforts of the UN to promote democracy and the gains of democracy in the past twenty years. She then discusses the limitations of national programs and the need for the involvement of international community in programs to be successful. Barks-Ruggles singles out the UN Human Rights Council for criticism, saying that the council has not lived up to the ideals for which it was created, but stresses that the Unite States continues to work with other UN organizations in spite of that disappointment. The statement closes with a discussion of the UN Democracy Fund.
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