Conference "Building a Global Citizens Movement" - 11/12 November, Johannesburg, South Africa
The global conference “Building a Global Citizens Movement” will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 12 and 12 November. It is organised by DEEEP/CONCORD, CIVICUS and GCAP, and will bring together over 200 of the world’s most influential civil society members alongside individuals from grass-roots civil society protest movements.
There is growing evidence that the current economic and political system cannot provide the solutions to ensure a sustainable future for our planet and humankind. There is a need for radical reform, from a system which favours growth, consumerism, bigger markets and increased competition, to one which puts the wellbeing of people and human rights at its core. Although many civil society organisations (CSOs) are working hard to achieve a fairer world, there is a need to reflect on the extent to which their work addresses the underlying structural causes of the world’s most pressing issues.
Furthermore, citizens are mobilising themselves around the world and speaking out on issues of justice, rights and sustainability but these struggles are often geographically or thematically limited. The aim of this Global Conference is to link emancipatory struggles and the related activists, educators and campaigners, with the broader global citizen’s movement. This is an opportunity which is particularly important and timely given the on-going discussions in the role that citizens’ participation, democracy, human rights and accountability has to play in the post-2015 global development framework.
The conference will address three urgent questions of our time:
1. What is our vision for the planet?
2. How can we link local people’s struggles to a global movement?
3. How can we reinvent approaches to emancipatory learning and take more people on this learning journey?
During the conference, the “Johannesburg Declaration for the Establishment of a Global Citizens Movement” will be developed.