In a world where democracy, freedom, and human rights are constantly under scrutiny, organisations like ALDA play a crucial role in promoting democratic values. Mayor Ms. Aleksandra Dulkiewicz of Gdańsk(ALDA Member), who also chairs the CoR Working Group for Ukraine, recently emphasised the significance of such organisations during the 12th CORLEAP Annual Meeting held in Batumi, Georgia, on September 7, 2023.
Mayor Dulkiewicz’s words underscored the importance of non-governmental partners, organisations, and associations that direct their democratic efforts towards Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. Among these champions of democracy, ALDA stands out, particularly through its innovative concept of Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs), which it implements in EaP countries.
One LDAs’ exemplary success story, according to Mrs. Aleksandra, is that of LDA Mariupol. Despite Russia’s seizure of this city, consistent international support has enabled it to continue functioning, thanks to the hospitality of other cities in Ukraine.
This remarkable resilience showcases the unwavering commitment of organisations like ALDA to promoting democracy and good governance in challenging environments
ALDA’s dedication to supporting Ukraine and its people has been steadfast since the beginning of the conflict in February 2022. In July 2023, the ALDA team convened in Brussels to meet with a delegation from the Ukrainian Parliament, supported by the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform (CPLR). This meeting presented a valuable opportunity to introduce ALDA’s flagship initiative in Ukraine to Members of the Ukrainian Parliament, ministry representatives, and national associations of cities. Read more about this event here.
ALDA’s dedication is aligned with the fundamental values on which the European Union was founded, including human dignity, freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights. In Ukraine’s ongoing struggle to reclaim its land, freedom, and democracy, ALDA stands as a beacon of support, ensuring that these shared values remain at the forefront.
In a world where democracy is continually tested, ALDA’s role in strengthening democracy at the local level is a testament to the enduring spirit of cooperation and solidarity. Mayor Aleksandra Dulkiewicz’s acknowledgment of ALDA’s contribution underscores the organisation’s invaluable role in promoting democracy, citizen participation, and the return to a free and peaceful Ukraine.
As we reflect on these efforts in the lead-up to Europe Day, it is essential to recognize and celebrate those who tirelessly champion the values that underpin our shared humanity.