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Opening Remarks - Effective Party Assistance: Stronger Parties for Better Democracy

SPEECH DELIVERED:
27 November 2007
Ottawa, Canada

It is a paradox that while democracy today commands strong support of people all over the world, including those living in non-democratic countries, key democratic actors are actually widely disrespected. This is a challenge for democracy, and one that is telling of the need to address the crisis of political parties globally – simply because democracy cannot function without political parties.

About the Speaker

Secretary-General of International IDEA (2006-2013)
Vidar Helgesen

Vidar Helgesen is a former International IDEA Secretary-General.