Joe Biden has announced funding to help fight corruption, support free and fair elections and advance technologies that support democratic governments.
Democratic leaders gather for Biden’s virtual summit
US President Joe Biden has announced new funding to bolster democracies around the world, although dozens of countries are holding back on a summit declaration laying out commitments to democratic principles.
Amid criticism his administration has made little progress in advancing human rights and democracy in its foreign policy, Biden on Wednesday announced a planned $US690 million ($A1 billion) in funding to help fight corruption, support free and fair elections and advance technologies that support democratic governments.
“We’re turning the tide here. As we often say, we’re at an inflection point in history here, when the decisions we make today are going to affect the course of our world for the next several decades for certain,” Biden said addressing the largely virtual Summit for Democracy, the second such event organised by the White House.
Although leaders of 120 nations were invited, a summit declaration – which included backing to basic tenets of democracy like free and fair elections and called out Russia for its invasion of Ukraine – was initially endorsed by only 73 countries.