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US President Joe Biden sits at the start of a virtual summit with leaders from democratic nations at the State Department’s Summit for Democracy, at the White House, in Washington, US, on December 9, 2021. — Picture by REUTERS

US, Costa Rica, Netherlands, Zambia, South Korea to host second Democracy Summit

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 — The United States, Costa Rica, Netherlands, South Korea and Zambia will co-host the virtual Second Summit for Democracy on March 29, Anadolu Agency reported.

The summit will convene world leaders in a virtual format and will be followed by hybrid gatherings in each of the host countries with representatives from government, civil society and the private sector, said a statement by the five countries on Tuesday.

“Building on the first Summit for Democracy held in December 2021, this gathering will demonstrate how democracies deliver for their citizens and are best equipped to address the world’s most pressing challenges,” it said.

The summit is a follow-up of the first hosted by US President Joe Biden, where world leaders and representatives of civil society and the private sector discussed the “backward” slide of democracy.

“This summit is a kickoff of a year in action for all of our countries to follow through on our commitments, and report back next year on the progress we’ve made,” Biden told the virtual summit last year.

— Bernama

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