On December 9-10, President Biden hosted the Democracy Summit, a global gathering of heads of state, government officials, civil society leaders and business leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing confronting democracies in the 21st century. As part of the Summit, the White House announced the Presidential Initiative for Democratic Renewal, which represents the U.S. government’s flagship efforts to strengthen democracy around the world. In addition to its efforts to support this presidential initiative, the US State Department will launch complementary policy and, in conjunction with Congress, foreign aid initiatives in some of the same thematic areas.
- Intensify efforts to fight corruption. Secretary Blinken announced on December 9e the creation of a State Department Coordinator on Global Anti-Corruption, who will integrate and elevate anti-corruption into all aspects of US diplomacy and State Department foreign aid. The coordinator, working closely with interagency and international partners, will also lead the State Department’s implementation of the US anti-corruption strategy.
- Support a global anti-corruption rapid response fund. The Departments of State and Justice intend to deploy experienced anti-corruption experts from the US government to respond to emerging needs and strengthen the capacities of partner countries to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate corruption. This fund will also facilitate cross-country coordination on business, help track down and recover the proceeds of corruption, and support follow-up legal and institutional reforms.
- Promote innovative approaches to fight corruption. The State Department, through the S. Anticorruption Solutions through Evolving Technology (ASET) project, will accelerate technological solutions to fight corruption around the world. The Ministry and its partners will develop an innovation lab to engage various stakeholders (government, civil society and private sector) in open collaboration with the aim of monitoring, designing, developing and applying new and existing technological solutions to systemic challenges in prevention and detection of corruption.
Support the Democratic reformers
- Combat arbitrary detention in state-to-state relations.The United States will follow through on its G7 commitment to deter and end arbitrary detention by continuing to exchange information and coordinate effective responses to common threats to human rights, democracy and justice. rule of law, such as the arbitrary detention of a citizen of one state by another for political purposes, including through relevant partnerships and key multilateral forums. This will be in addition to the State Department’s ongoing campaigns for the release of political prisoners around the world.
- Commit to defending the human rights of LGBTQI + people. Signed by 28 governments, the Declaration of the Coalition for Equal Rights on Democracy and LGBTQI + Human Rights affirms that democratic renewal is essential to promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQI + people. The Department of State will partner with other governments signatory to this Declaration to support and empower the participation of LGBTQI + people in all democratic processes, including elections; political campaigns; advocacy and monitoring of civil society; journalism and independent reporting; and political leadership.
- Address gender-based harassment and abuse online. The State Department will advance U.S. government leadership through a global partnership for action against gender-based harassment and abuse online, in partnership with the Danish Tech for Democracy initiative. This effort will bring together partner countries that jointly commit to a Year of Action to improve the response to technology-facilitated gender-based violence and promote effective prevention strategies.
- Engage subnational leaders in renewing democracy efforts. The Department of State, in collaboration with USAID, is launching a new international visitor leadership program âMayors of Democracy Everydayâ. This program is expected to help up to 25 mayors or their delegates from around the world develop their professional skills, share ideas and network with peers and organizations in American cities.
Defend free and fair elections and political processes
- Foster democratic transitions. The State Department will administer a flexible and swift consortium of NGOs to support local efforts to consolidate democratic advances. The objective of this Consolidation of Democratic Transitions (CDT) initiative is to integrate and protect democratic principles during fragile transition processes.
- Mitigate the risks of disinformation for elections. Through new Resilience Support Project (RSP) initiatives, the State Department will help allied and partner governments detect, expose and counter threats to the integrity of democratic elections stemming from disinformation and propaganda campaigns. foreign. RSPs focus on research and analysis of the local information environment and potential risks to electoral procedures; working with host government officials to mitigate risk; and support to local civil society organizations engaged in anti-election disinformation activities.