CIVICUS WORLD ASSEMBLY 2012, MONTREAL, 3-7 SEPTEMBER 2012
In the framework of the nomination of Ms Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, as a new member of CIVICUS International Board, ALDA will be participating in the 2012 CIVICUS World Assembly that will take place from the 3rd to the 7th September 2012 in Montreal, Canada.
The 2012 CIVICUS World Assembly will focus on defining a new social contract, through discussions on three key themes: changing nations through citizens, building partnerships for social innovation and redefining global governance.
The participation in this year’s Assembly would be particularly important, as the 2012 Assembly will see the launch of a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder process, led by CIVICUS, on defining a new social contract, that will culminate in the presentation of recommendations to the United Nations in 2015. The World Assembly comes at a pivotal moment for citizens to redefine the relationships and conditions we want for a sustainable future in a changing world.
Having a role in CIVICUS International Board, for ALDA means taking a further step to bring internationally the cause of its work: to improve citizens’ and civil society’s participation at the local level, working closely with local authorities, for development, democracy and respect of human rights.
The CIVICUS World Assembly, taking place in Montreal from the 3rd to the 7th of September 2012, is a global gathering for civil society, donors, governments and businesses to find common solutions to the challenges facing humanity. This event 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.
Furthermore, the 2012 World Assembly, the 12th such event, promises an extraordinary variety of cutting-edge debate and encounters. The World Assembly programme offers 43 activity sessions from 5 to 7 September, while from 3 to 4 September, the Youth Assembly welcomes all participants under the age of 30 for 10 additional sessions.
In addition to these sessions and the networking opportunities at the Citizen Café, the plenary discussions will also bring many powerful insights to the proceedings from the local, national and global levels. From Marina Silva, social leader and former Minister of Environment in Brazil, to Daniel Ben-Horin, Founder and CEO of TechSoup, and from Olav Kjørven, Assistant Secretary General for development policy at UNDP to Caroline Anstey, Managing Director at the World Bank, ground-breaking keynote speakers will join inspirational participants from across the board, including policy-makers, government decision-makers, donors, civil society leaders, activists, academics, artists, bloggers and many, many more.
Exceptionally this year, participants can benefit for free CIVICUS individual membership for one year with their World Assembly registration.
With regard to the participation in 2012 CIVICUS World Assembly, the work of ALDA will also be presented in a workshop, together with other global organizations. “Don’t Just Get Mad, Get Powerful! Citizens changing their communities and nations through participatory governance” is the title of this workshop, which aims at sharing good practices and lessons in participatory governance from around the world and challenging participants to think beyond traditional forms of protest and activism to less familiar but potentially more impactful, practices of “critical collaboration” and participatory governance. The overall objective of the session is for participants to understand the importance and benefits of participatory governance approaches and the potential for applying these principles and practices to their own work (as practitioners, activists, citizens).
For further info about the programme visit CIVICUS WA website here.