Congressional leaders to mark NED 30th anniversary at National Archives on Nov. 13

Nov 11, 2013, 11:27 ET from National Endowment for Democracy

Stephanopoulos will lead discussion with Senators Menendez, McCain, Reps. Royce and Price

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi are among the Congressional leaders who will participate in a 30th anniversary celebration of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) on November 13, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the McGowan Theater at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.   After welcoming remarks by Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi, ABC journalist George Stephanopoulos will moderate a discussion titled: "With Liberty and Justice for All: America's Bipartisan Commitment to Democracy Abroad,"  featuring Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce (R-CA), Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and Rep. David Price (D-NC). 

"NED is a rare institution that unites Democrats and Republicans, who agree about the importance of advancing the universal values of freedom and human rights around the world," said NED Chairman Martin Frost.  "NED's outstanding track record of providing modest but consistent support to 'small-d' democrats has earned it a reputation as an effective and innovative organization not only with the U.S. Congress and every Administration since its founding, but also with the courageous activists worldwide who receive NED support."

Privately incorporated in 1983, the National Endowment for Democracy is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, with funding from the US Congress, NED supports more than 1,000 projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. 

NED has supported every significant democratic movement that has emerged over the past thirty years, including those that helped bring about peaceful transitions to democracy in Chile, Poland,  and South Africa.  NED continues to support brave human rights defenders in Russia, Chinese dissidents such as Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo, and civil society activists in Cuba, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and other challenging situations. 

This event is open to the media. 

SOURCE National Endowment for Democracy