IDEA at the United Nations

International IDEA at the United Nations

Michele Bachelet at UN Gender Roundtable
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:

  • Contributing to UN policy debates and agendas on democracy;
  • Partnering with the UN to develop internationally accepted codes of conduct, principles and best-practice guidance in the fields of democracy assistance; and
  • Helping the UN implement democracy-assistance initiatives around the world.

About International IDEA at the UN

Mission statement, areas of cooperation, and information about the Office of the Permanent Observer for International IDEA to the United Nations in New York.

UN & Democracy Building

Examples of how International IDEA assists the UN in its democracy-building activities worldwide.


Publications, policies, statements and other resources specific to International IDEA’s work at and with the UN.


International IDEA works with a variety of UN agencies, both in New York and around the world.


Upcoming and recent events jointly sponsored by International IDEA and the UN.