In 2013, we decided to draw on our decade of World Assembly experience and test a new partnership-based approach to conferencing, and International Civil Society Week was born. ICSW 2014, held in Johannesburg, brought together more than 600 delegates from over 100 countries. Under the banner of “Citizen Action, People Power”, ICSW consisted of more than 40 partner-led events, on themes like:
- participation and mobilisation
- civic space and human rights protection
- the new Sustainable Development Goals
- the data revolution
- inclusive development
- and youth and women leadership
Alongside these events, ICSW 2014 featured an activism retreat at Rustlers Valley, the DEEEP ‘Building a Global Citizens Movement’ Conference, an action/2015 Assembly, the CIVICUS Youth Assembly, and an EU Roadmap Event.
Delegates also participated in an experiential tour of South Africa’s twenty years of freedom and democracy, documentary screenings, photo exhibitions and musical performances by Project Elo, Soundz of the South, CAB and jazz legend Hugh Masekela.
CIVICUS WORLD ASSEMBLY
Since 1995, the CIVICUS World Assembly has been a key international gathering for civil society, governments, donors and other stakeholders to engage constructively in finding common solutions to global challenges.
The CIVICUS World Assembly has featured headline names from various sectors, such as:
- The Elders, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Former United States President Jimmy Carter, Former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson.
- Former Environment Minister of Brazil, Marina Silva;
- Former First Lady (Mozambique & South Africa) and humanitarian Graça Machel;
- Secretary-General of Amnesty International, Salil Shetty;