CIVICUS World Assembly 2012

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation has worked for nearly two decades to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens' freedom of association are threatened. CIVICUS has a vision of a global community of active, engaged citizens committed to the creation of a more just and equitable world. This is based on the belief that the health of societies exists in direct proportion to the degree of balance between the state, the private sector and civil society.

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, in partnership with Institut du Nouveau Monde, is hosting the CIVICUS World Assembly from 3-7 September 2012 in Montreal, Canada.

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.

The CIVICUS World Assembly has previously been hosted in Mexico, Hungary, the Philippines, Canada, Botswana and Scotland. 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.

About the Institut du Nouveau Monde:

The Institut du Nouveau Monde is a not-for-profit and non partisan organisation whose mission is to promote citizen participation and the renewal of ideas in Quebec. The INM works for social justice and social inclusion, as well as for promoting democratic values, open-mindedness and innovation.

Through its programmes, the INM suggests deliberative activities that are structured around three fundamental steps: inform; debate; propose. The INM's aim is to encourage citizen participation, to contribute to the development of civic skills and to reinforce social cohesion and democratic institutions.


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Event Start Date: 
Monday, 3 September, 2012
Event End Date: 
Friday, 7 September, 2012
Event Venue: 
Montreal, canada

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