Friday, April 6, 2007

US and UNDP - Working Together to Spread Democracy

After over 200 years of democracy in the United States, we can sometimes take for granted the important role our system plays in ensuring continued peace and prosperity at home. In Central America, many countries are only recently experiencing elections and democracy.

UNDP is the world's largest provider of support for elections and building democratic institutions in developing countries. Recently UNDP’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Ms. Rebeca Grynspan visited the Carter Center met with former president Jimmy Carter to discuss possibilities of partnering to promote democratic governance and prevent violent conflicts. The two discussed the possible benefits of the a combined effort and what advantages the two would have working together. By working together, they hope to be able to have an even greater impact in helping the world's emerging democracy's.