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December 09, 2016

Despite progress, freedom of expression still under threat on the African continent

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To commemorate International Human Rights Day, CIVICUS speaks to the Chair of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) - Advocate Faith…
December 08, 2016

CIVICUS stands in solidarity with Egyptian activist Azza Soliman, urges end to persecution against her

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS is deeply concerned at the harassment of Egyptian activist Azza Soliman. Ms Soliman, a well-respected defender of women’s rights, is…
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…

OPINION PIECES

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…

The international conference “Advancing the post-2015 sustainable development agenda: Reconfirming rights, recognizing limits, redefining goals” in Bonn will bring together about 250 civil society activists and representatives from key stakeholders in March in order to draw together civil society inputs into this relevant debate.

The meeting will take place on 20-22 March 2013. Funding for a limited number of participants, mainly from developing countries, is available.

At present, a multitude of discussion and consultation processes is going on worldwide: some in the context of the Rio+20 process, others preparing the Post-2015 agenda, some with a specific sector focus, others on national or regional level.

While the international institutions welcome the make up of wide-ranging and participatory processes, there is a need to gain a better overview on civil society perspectives and demands in order to advocate more effectively for their implementation.

“Advancing the post-2015 sustainable development agenda” aims at providing such an overview by bringing together key actors in the discussion and helping them to exchange information and learn from each other.

Supported by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the conference is being shaped by a Steering Committee composed of many of the major international civil society networks such as Social Watch, CIVICUS, Beyond 2015, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA), VENRO and the Baltic Sea Forum.

The conference strives to bring together key actors in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development discussion helping them to exchange information, learn from each other benefiting from our sector’s diversity and agree joint demands and strategy where this is possible.

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