Generation Democracy: Asia Declaration Pledges to Combat Corruption with Democracy

Washington, D.C.—Generation Democracy, the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) global youth initiative, marked the launch of its Asia network today by releasing the Asia Declaration, condemning corruption and pledging to promote democratic engagement.  

“It’s great to welcome these extraordinary young leaders to Generation Democracy, and we applaud the sentiments expressed in this declaration,” said IRI Director of Global Initiatives Michelle Bekkering. “Around the world, we’re helping young people connect with one another to answer their collective challenges with one voice. We look forward to continuing to walk beside them on this journey.” 

The Asia Declaration—drafted in April by young leaders from 13 countries across Asia at the initiative’s first regional conference—calls on political and civil society leaders to engage youth in decision-making. This document builds upon declarations made by Generation Democracy members in Dar es Salaam (the Dar Declaration), Tanzania and the founding Dakar Declaration, which outlined the global principles of Generation Democracy in the context of the challenges faced by young people.

Learn more about Generation Democracy’s Asia network by watching the video below.


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About Generation Democracy

Generation Democracy is a global coalition of nearly 400 youth organizations and members from 75 countries dedicated to empowering young people to participate in political and governing processes. Notable members include Kenya’s National Youth Bunge Association, the Guyana National Youth Council, the Youth Council of Cambodia, SAWTY in Tunisia and the Youth of the European People’s Party and its 57 member parties.

Generation Democracy facilitates the exchange of ideas, experiences and best practices across the world to ensure that youth have a stronger voice in decision-making. Through Generation Democracy, young people are building the leadership skills needed to become the next generation of democratic actors in their communities and countries, leading to more robust and youth-friendly policies. Generation Democracy is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for Democracy. 

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