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October 26, 2016

Civil society reports show evidence of shrinking civic space in Europe

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A survey of civil society organisations in Europe conducted  in early 2016  by Civil Society Europe and CIVICUS shows evidence of a shrinking civic space in…
October 26, 2016

Negotiations for a Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights

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Background: The intergovernmental working group was mandated to elaborate an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to…
October 24, 2016

Human Rights Situation in Syria - CIVICUS Statement at the 25th Special Session

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We remain deeply alarmed by the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo and the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation across Syria. The renewed and indiscriminate attacks…
October 24, 2016

Worldwide attack on rights: over three billion people living in countries where civic freedoms are…

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French | Spanish Global impact laid bare by the CIVICUS Monitor, a new online research tool that rates civic space around the world and documents…
October 21, 2016

Bin the Travel Ban: Lift undue restrictions on Mozn Hassan and Egyptian civil society’s right…

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Mozn Hassan is a courageous feminist and a human rights defender who protested with her fellow citizens to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak, calling for…
October 20, 2016

Civil society in DRC battles for democracy and justice

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French The Democratic Republic of Congo is in the throes of a political crisis as the political establishment appears ignores constitutional provisions on presidential…


Stand up for the girl child! - Nyaradzo Mashayamombe (TaLi)

World over, girls are faced with enormous challenges, and each continent has its specific issues which perpetuate these vulnerabilities. While these challenges come in shapes and faces that are different continentally, the end results are often…

Cherish Not Vilify Indian Civil Society

Civil society has been described as the oxygen of democracy by no less than UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. As the world’s largest democracy, India has a proud history of inspiring people’s movements and non-profit organisations…

Australia must forge a new path through a rapidly shifting international development landscape

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Global migration summits are high-stakes and high-risk

Last year, it was estimated that there were 20 million refugees and 244 million migrants around the world. But beyond the numbers lies a more fundamental challenge. Political instability, economic inequality, uneven demography and globalisation are…

Protecting and expanding civil society space nationally and internationally

In many ways 2015 marked a watershed for civil society. Two major global compacts affecting the lives and livelihoods of billions of people were reached: the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on…

The protection of refugees needs a strong civil society

In 2015, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), counted 65 million people around the world forced to leave their homes. Of these 65 million, 21 million are refugees according to the 1951 Refugee Convention.…

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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