As an intergovernmental organization focused on democracy, International IDEA is uniquely suited to assist the UN on democracy-building initiatives. Since its creation in 1995, the Institute has helped the United Nations make democracy-building more effective, legitimate and sustainable.
The Office of the Permanent Observer for International IDEA to the United Nations promotes multilateral dialogue and UN policies that advance democracy-building efforts worldwide. The Office of the Permanent Observer also develops partnerships with UN agencies and programmes.
IDEA works with the United Nations Secretariat and UN agencies and programmes to:
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance was an idea in the making for several years before its founding in 1995. Critical to IDEA's inception was a strong partnership with the United Nations, its departments and specialized agencies working on democratic governance and electoral processes. Although IDEA operates independently of the UN, its Member States are also UN Members and, in the spirit of cooperation, both organizations work closely together on democracy initiatives.
On 9 December 2003, the UN General Assembly granted Observer status to International IDEA. Like all Observers, IDEA representatives may speak at General Assembly meetings and sponsor and sign resolutions. Observers may not vote on resolutions.
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide.
International IDEA’s mission is to support sustainable democratic change by providing comparative knowledge, and assisting in democratic reform, and influencing policies and politics.
Democracy and Gender Equality Roundtable, 4 May 2011
Building democracy is a goal closely related to the three pillars of the United Nations – development, peace and security, and human rights. As a Permanent Observer to the United Nations, International IDEA supports the UN’s objectives by: