The chairmanship of the Community of Democracies (CD) changes every two years, following the culmination of the chair country hosting a Ministerial Conference. In addition to hosting the Ministerial Conference, the chair country also oversees the CD’s Governing Council, currently comprised of 25 member countries. The chair country also regularly organizes CG meetings. The chair country of the CD is also responsible for organizing an annual meeting of the United Nations Democracy Caucus that coincides with the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. The chair country works with the CD’s Permanent Secretariat, currently headed by Professor Bronisław Misztal, in order to direct all of the CD’s activities.
The chairmanship of the CD is currently held by the country of Mongolia, who assumed control in July 2011 following the Vilnius Ministerial held on June 30 to July 1, 2011 hosted by then-chair country Lithuania. The Vilnius Ministerial concluded in the adoption of the Vilnius Declaration.
Mongolia will host the Ulaanbaatar Ministerial in 2013, bringing the total number of CD Ministerials to seven.
Read the Report of the Accomplishments of the First Year of the Mongolian Chairmanship of the CD
El Salvador was selected to serve as the next Chair. The San Salvador Ministerial will take place in 2015.