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December 02, 2016

Open Government Partnership undermined by threats to civil society

Fundamental civic freedoms seriously undermined in over a third of OGP countries – Colombia, Honduras, Liberia and Mexico fare worst Worrying picture revealed by…
December 02, 2016

Natural resources activists under siege, new report shows

Rise in authoritarian values coupled with intensifying natural resource exploitation crippling civil society Johannesburg / London, 3 December 2016: The scramble for natural resources…
November 30, 2016

Worrying rise in attacks on CSOs and the media in Mozambique

To read this in Portugese, click here. CIVICUS is extremely concerned about the rise in attacks on civil society organisations (CSOs), academics and journalists…
November 30, 2016

Mozambique NGOs battle for free civic space

To read this in Portugese, click here. In this anonymous interview, CIVICUS speaks to a civil society activist in Mozambique concerning the environment for…
November 28, 2016

Next Generation of Development Cooperation Must Fight Economic & Gender Inequality and Protect & Expand…

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Economic and gender inequalities are at the core of the current challenges humankind is facing, and without tackling them, there is no chance that…
November 24, 2016

Alert: Bangladesh’s restrictive NGO law undermines development efforts, should be reviewed

Bangladesh’s new Foreign Donations law is in breach of international norms and agreements, says global civil society alliance, CIVICUS.  CIVICUS remains deeply alarmed that…


Five trends in civil society

By Danny Sriskandarajah Around the world, the freedom of citizens to protest, to mobilise and to speak out is being contested and restricted. According to the CIVICUS Monitor, over 3.2 billion people now live in countries…

Civil society resourcing: “Revolutions do not occur because of good project proposals”

By  Ine Van Severen It’s undeniable: the space for civil society organisations (CSOs) and philanthropy is shrinking. According to new research by CIVICUS Monitor, an online platform that tracks trends in the conditions for civil society…

Fiji’s role in leaving no-one behind in sustainable development

By Danny Sriskandarajah It is now confirmed that Fiji will be chairing the next United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany. This is welcome news as the islands of the Pacific arguably…

Movement builds to stop Congo’s president from postponing election

By David Kode  The Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC, is grappling with a political crisis, following a move by the Constitutional Court affirming the electoral commission’s decision to postpone the date for the next presidential…

“Dead Men Don’t Vote” in Gambia

By David Kode  “Dead men don’t vote,” said a Gambian political activist known as Mama Africa. She spoke during an event on the side-lines of the 59th Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples…

Why Global Efforts To Tackle Climate Change And Sustainable Development Must ‘Leave No One Behind’

By Danny Sriskandarajah Two weeks after the Paris Climate Change Agreement officially came into force - marking the first time that governments have agreed legally binding limits to global temperature rises - the leaders of 195…

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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