Biden Asks Democracy Summit Participants To Make "Concrete Commitments

Biden Asks Democracy Summit Participants To Make "Concrete Commitments

Andrew H. Sweet

U.S. President Joe Biden kicked off Day One of his Summit for Democracy, calling countries to make "concrete commitments" to reaffirm their democratic values.

Biden said he was launching the Presidential Initiative for Democratic Renewal, which, along with the U.S. Congress, would commit $424.4 million toward various democracy-related projects, including transparency, fair elections, and free and independent media.

Biden also described a recently announced defamation defense fund by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to protect journalists from "nuisance lawsuits designed to prevent them from doing their work and vital work around the world."

Thursday's schedule included two plenary sessions, one hosted by Biden and the second by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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