The need for a network to promote democracy in Asia was first vocalized at the World Movement for Democracy’s Seventh Assembly that took place in Lima, Peru on October 14-17, 2012.

Short after, at the Seventh Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies that took place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on April 27-29, 2013 the rise of democracy in Asia was highlighted. At the same time many of the representatives from international organizations concurred with the establishment of a network promoting democracy in Asia.

The network was then born to be called the Asia Democracy Network (ADN).  In the attendance of representatives Mr. Hyung-sik Shin of the Korea Democracy Foundation (KDF), Mr. Anselmo Lee from the Korea Human Rights Foundation (KHRF) and Ms. Sook-jong Lee from the East Asia Institute (EAI), it was decided that in accordance with the Seoul Democracy Forum the founding assembly launching of the Asia Democracy Network will be held in October 2013 in Seoul, Korea.

A task force in Korea named the Korea Democracy Network (KDN), a network composed of four organizations namely the KDF, KHRF, EAI and the Centre for Korean Women and Politics (CKWP), was then devised to organize the launching.

In May of 2013, at the 3rd Annual World Human Rights Cities Forum (WHRCF) democracy and human rights organizations all across Asia along with KDN to discuss the goals, structure and preparations for the launching of the ADN.

Finally, after months of communication between various organizations across Asia and those in Korea the ADN Founding Assembly was held on October 21~22, 2013 at the Olympic Parktel, Seoul Korea. In the presence of distinguished guests from all across Asia representing civil society the ADN was officially launched. At the launching the Seoul Democracy Declaration and the ADN Charter of Principles was adopted. Also, an 11 member steering committee was elected to spearhead the network.