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January 20, 2017

CIVICUS: #WhyWeMarch

On Saturday, 21 January 2017, millions will gather in Washington D.C. and in hundreds of other cities around the world to take part in…
January 19, 2017

CIVICUS urges release of Cameroonian activists

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS urges the release of recently arrested leaders of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC) and all activists and…
January 19, 2017

Shock and sadness spurs anti-Trump protestors

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Ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States of America, activists and civil society are mobilising protests against the…
January 18, 2017

70 civil society groups call on Ecuadorian President to end persecution of civil society and…

Click here to read a Spanish language version of this release Seventy Latin American and international civil society organisations have endorsed a letter urging…
January 18, 2017

Syrian civil society not being heard by international donors

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CIVICUS asked Nibal Salloum, program manager at the Syrian peace-building organisation Nuon, about the situation for civil society in Syria and the challenges faced…
January 17, 2017

The Gambia: Time to respect the will of Gambians

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS urges Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to respect constitutional norms and the will of the Gambian people. As the 19 January…


Importance of protest in a Trump United States

By Elizabeth Stephens  In a speech shortly after the November election, President Barack Obama urged anti-Trump protesters not to be silent. Yet, the number and attendance of events meant to challenge the values embodied by a…

Under threat: five countries in which civic space is rapidly closing

By Danny Sriskandarajah The closing of civic space is not just about people’s right to organize or protest in individual countries. This year’s Gobal Risks Report, published last week by the World Economic Forum ahead of…

Why Trump, Brexit and populism could be an opportunity

By Danny Sriskandarajah Many of the business and political leaders gathering in Davos this week will be focused on how to protect the global economic order - and their interests - after a year of major…

The death of Baek Nam-gi: tragic local story connects to troubling global trend

By Gayoon Baek On the 25th of September 2016, a 70-year old farmer died in South Korea of a brain haemorrhage after 317 days unconscious. Since then, people have held candlelight vigils and a daily mass…

Monitoring, first step to halt shrinking civic space

By Bihter Moschini In 2015, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Tunisian civil society. At the close of last year, one of the nominees for the same prize was another civic group, the Syrian White…

Natural resource activists are paying a heavy price

By Danny Sriskandarajah and Elisa Peter  Today, natural resource campaigners are facing increasingly virulent push-back from political leaders and powerful corporations intent on defending vested interests. From dam construction on the Honduran Gualcarque River, to gold…

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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