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Ministry of Foreign Affairs was the seat of the 28th Governing Council of the Community of Democracies

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Today, the 28th Governing Council of the Community of Democracies (COD) was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, an initiative that began in 2000 with the signing of the Warsaw Declaration, a master document that establishes a series of principles and practices related to democracy and human rights around the world.

The COD has consolidated itself as a meeting place for liked-minded countries that seek to strengthen the role of human rights, the promotion of civil society participation and the role of women, among others. In March 2018, Chile assumed the Pro-Tempore Presidency of the COD for a period of 6 months.

The Governing Council, in which delegates from 30 countries participated, discussed the COD Secretary General's report on the final comments of the membership renewal process, as well as the objectives set out in the recently approved strategic plan.

Chile, as Pro-Tempore President of the Executive Committee, proposed as subjects to be dealt with, on the one hand, the relationship between democracy and transparency, and on the other, the link between migration and democracy in Latin America, taking as a context the crisis in Venezuela. To this end, the Executive Director of Chile Transparente, Alberto Precht, and the Coordinator of Migration Affairs of the International Organization for Migration, Carlos Baeza, were invited to give presentations.