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The Hague gains another international organisation

The Hague has gained another international organisation. The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) is opening an office there for its programme to help developing countries and new democracies draft and amend their constitutions. The headquarters agreement was signed today.

On behalf of the Dutch government, Rob Swartbol, Director-General for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, welcomed the institute to The Hague, the international city of peace and justice. ‘Too many countries still have constitutions that offer insufficient scope for genuine freedom and democracy,’ said Mr Swartbol. ‘Fortunately, more and more countries are now moving in the right direction. IDEA’s expertise provides valuable support for these difficult processes.’

IDEA is an intergovernmental organisation, and its members include democracies in both the developing and developed world. Headquartered in Stockholm, it makes a worldwide contribution to democratic and constitutional reform, electoral processes, political participation of women and strengthening political parties.