ISLAMABAD (APP) - In Pakistan like other parts of the world, "International Day of Democracy" was celebrated with national zeal making pledge to stand united and work hard for strengthening democratic institutions in the country here on Monday. United Nations Information Centre, and Centre for Civic Education, Pakistan organised 'Democracy Quiz Competition' among the university students to mark the day. Besides, a series of activities including prize distribution ceremony of national essay writing competition, screening of documentary on democracy, and a brainstorming discussion session on democratic civic education were held with an objective to raise awareness on democracy. On November 8, 2007, the General Assembly proclaimed September 15 as the first ever International Day of Democracy, inviting Member States, the United Nations system and other regional, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations to commemorate the Day. The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much a process as a goal, and only with the full participation of and support by the international community, national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the General Assembly in 1948, clearly projected the concept of democracy by stating "the will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government." The Declaration spells out the rights that are essential for effective political participation. Since its adoption, the Declaration has inspired constitution-making around the world and has contributed greatly to the global acceptance of democracy as a universal value. Worldwide, the number of countries embracing the key features of  democracy soared from less than 60 in 1985 to over 140 in 2007.