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February 23, 2017

Joint Letter to Human Rights Council: Upholding international law in South Sudan

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To Permanent Representatives of member and observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council RE: Renewing the mandate of the Commission on Human…
February 23, 2017

Addressing Civic Space Restrictions in Uganda: What Role for the UPR?

This policy action brief, prepared by CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, and the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), examines a range of…
February 22, 2017

CIVICUS Fellowship Programme

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The CIVICUS Fellowship Programme is an exciting new venture in which key experts will be placed into national and/or regional organisations for the period…
February 21, 2017

Civil Society “Contested and Under Pressure”, says new report

Read this press release in Arabic, French, Portuguese and Spanish Civil society around the globe is “contested and under pressure” according to a 22-country…
February 16, 2017

Joint Letter to UN Human Rights Council: More attention needed on human rights violations in…

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To: Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council RE: Sustaining attention to human rights violations in China Excellency,…
February 13, 2017

Gambian civil society optimistic as new democratic era dawns

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The Gambia has recently gone through a major democratic transition. CIVICUS interviews Sohna Sallah, the Vice President of the Democratic Union of Gambian Activists…


Don't lecture the Americans about our values. Demonstrate them.

By Danny Sriskandarajah and Julia Sanchez  There has never been a better time for Canada to show progressive leadership globally in support of inclusive and open societies that respect human rights. As the government prepares a…

Against all odds: Civil society under fire

By Danny Sriskandarajah Civil society is under fire—sometimes literally—in many countries and in all regions of the world. Governments are clamping down on fundamental civic freedoms. This year’s Global Risks Report highlights the threat to civic space,…

In a time of exclusion, making space for Faith Based Organizations

By Amjad Mohamed Saleem For many people around the world, faith is embedded in cultures, practices and communities. Earlier this month, World Interfaith Harmony week taught us that religious practices and perspectives continue to be sources…

Sustainable development for all ages

By Danny Sriskandarajah It’s a global phenomenon, already exerting a profound social and economic impact in both rich and poor countries. So why are so few development professionals talking about population aging? Our planet’s rapidly shifting…

Leave no person with disabilities behind

By Leave No One Behind Partneship and ADD International Pushpa Rani had pneumonia when she was eight years old, which left her extremely weak. Eventually, she lost all movement in her legs. Pushpa joined a women's self-help group,…

OGP must protect space for people power - before it is too late

By Cathal Gilbert  In some Open Government Partnership (OGP) member countries, the threats to peaceful dissent and activism are extremely grave. Examples include the assassinations of five social leaders in just one week in Colombia, the police’s…

RegistrationDesk- Welcome!The CIVICUS World Assembly serves as a primary venue for civil society practitioners, researchers, activists, concerned business leaders and representatives from governments to share ideas and experiences on strengthening citizen participation.

The World Assembly’s main objective is to create a space where a diversity of voices can be heard, a space to exchange experiences, challenges, successes and dreams and, most importantly, concrete ideas for a more equitable and just world. One of the World Assembly’s strengths is its ability to act as a forum where groups from all sectors around the world develop successful models for advancing national, regional and global agendas, and for finding solutions to the crises that the world is facing today.

Previously, the World Assemblies took place in Mexico (1995), Hungary (1997), the Philippines (1999), Canada (Vancouver, 2001), Botswana (2004), Scotland (2006, 2007 and 2008) and Montréal (2010, 2011 and 2012). The CIVICUS Board made the decision to annualise the event in 2006, privileging a three-year cycle in one venue. In addition to reducing the logistical burden of organising a major international event, this annualisation allows CIVICUS to focus more intensively on the programme contents, the promotion of the event and on ensuring widespread participation.

2012 Youth Assembly logoSince 2007 the CIVICUS World Assembly has been preceded by the CIVICUS Youth Assembly. A full part of the main event, the Youth Assembly is a unique opportunity for young people to meet and get ready to engage effectively with other World Assembly delegates. It aims to bring together the world's most engaged, dynamic young activists in the fields of social and civic justice.

The overarching objectives of the CIVICUS Youth Assembly are:
• To promote youth participation within the World Assembly;
• To act as a platform for networking and collaboration amongst youth;
• To collaboratively express youth opinions and perspectives on World Assembly topics and issues;
• To strengthen youth engagement in CIVICUS work.

 Another central feature of the CIVICUS World Assembly are the CIVICUS Nelson Mandela Graça Machel Innovation Awards, created after the 2004 CIVICUS World Assembly in Gaborone, Botswana. They aim at funding innovative ideas emerging from organisations or groups of organisations participating in the CIVICUS World Assembly.

Rethinking the CIVICUS World Assemblies

CIVICUS: World Alliance of Citizen Participation held its 11th World Assembly on 3-7 September 2012 in Montreal, Canada. The event, co-hosted by the Institut du Nouveau Monde, ended a cycle of three Assemblies in Montreal.

The CIVICUS Board of Directors decided to establish a Task Team to reflect on the concept of the CIVICUS World Assembly and its future. The Task Team is co-led by Rajiv Joshi, Board member, and Henri Valot, Director of Outreach. The focus of this task team is to evaluate and possibly “reinvent” the concept of the CIVICUS World Assembly and plan a new cycle to be implemented during 2013-2017. A secondary objective is to reflect on how CIVICUS can do its convening most effectively.

An online consultation with CIVICUS members and key stakeholders will be conducted at the end of 2012. A draft report will be issued at the end of January 2013 and shared with Board members, CIVICUS members and partners. A final recommendation for a new World Assembly cycle will be proposed to the Board for endorsement in March/April 2013.

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