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Budapest Mayor Karácsony signs Global Declaration for Democracy

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More than 50 mayors from five continents, including Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony, recognized cities' critical role in strengthening democracy by signing a Global Declaration of Mayors for Democracy, the German Marshall Fund announced.

In collaboration with the Global Parliament of Mayors, GMF Cities, and the Pact of Free Cities, mayors aim to preserve liberal democracies and defend against attacks on free expression. The declaration reflects commitments for free and fair elections at home and abroad, the rule of law at all levels of government, combating human rights abuses, and addressing urban challenges through democratic values.

“In the age of rising authoritarianism, cities stand as a bulwark against the erosion of freedom and the rule of law,” said Karácsony.

The move comes after a previous initiative of the mayors of Budapest, Bratislava, Prague, and Warsaw, who developed the Pact of Free Cities at the Summit for Democracy in 2021, and is guiding the mayors' work ahead of the next summit in 2023.

“We are thrilled to see that the Pact of Free Cities inspired a global movement of city leaders rising above partisanship to rebuild and reinforce our increasingly fragile democracies,” Karácsony added.

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