CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and the Institut du Nouveau Monde have announced the postponement of the 2009 CIVICUS World Assembly and Youth Assembly in Montréal, Canada. The World Assemblies in Montréal will now take place in 2010, 2011 and 2012 instead of 2009, 2010 and 2011, and will be held at the Palais de Congrès in Montréal. The CIVICUS World Assembly is a global convening point for civil society stakeholders (including trade unions, faith-based organisations, think tanks and human rights actors) to dialogue with government, business and donors under the overall theme of ‘Acting Together for a Just World’.
“The current economic climate has made it particularly difficult for civil society around the world to travel and attend conferences,” confirms Ingrid Srinath, Secretary General of CIVICUS, from its headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. “We are disappointed that we will be unable to host a World Assembly at this critical time when the various crises facing the world today make it all the more important that civil society come together to build solidarity and discuss solutions to these challenges together with government, business and funders. However, we hope all partners and prospective participants will join us in Montréal in 2010 and make the 9th CIVICUS World Assembly a great success.”
“Information regarding dates and programme content will be posted on the website www.civicusassembly.org in due course,” adds Michel Venne, Director General of the Institut du Nouveau Monde, CIVICUS’ co-host in Montréal.
The CIVICUS World Assembly has been hosted in Mexico (1995), Budapest (1997), Manila (1999), Vancouver (2001), Gaborone (2004), and Glasgow (2006 to 2008).
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