Mongolia, which this year celebrated the 25th anniversary of its transition to democracy, presented the priorities for its new role as 2016 Chair of International IDEA under the theme of "Learning from Democratic Transitions." This focus draws on the country’s rich experiences of building democratic institutions and strengthening democratic values.
In the presence of Yves Leterme, Secretary-General of International IDEA, Switzerland, represented by Didier Burkhalter, Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, handed over the Chairship of International IDEA to Mongolia, represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lundeg Purevsuren.
The Council acknowledged a busy year which included the 20th Anniversary of International IDEA, the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September, the approval of the Nepal constitution, to which International IDEA contributed both in content and process, and the historic general elections in Myanmar in November.
Among the key decisions taken at the 24th Session of the Council meeting, the Council appointed Njeri Kabeberi and Sergio Bitar as new members of the International IDEA Board of Advisers – an independent expert committee which advises the organization on strategic and programmatic issues. The Council also approved the programme and budget for 2016, which sets the detailed objectives and directions of next year’s work.
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