In August, some 1,000 representatives of civil society organizations from around the globe will be gathering in Montréal for the CIVICUS World Assembly 2010: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. The Government of Québec will be taking part in this event, which is being organized in association with the Institut du nouveau monde (INM).
Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, CIVICUS is a global network of NGOs, professional associations, unions, charitable foundations, business organizations, etc. It seeks to strengthen collective action and civil society, particularly in regions where participatory democracy and freedom of association are precarious.
The World Assemblies provide an opportunity for civil society to reflect on key global issues and to work towards solutions, in addition to entering into dialogue with representatives of governments, the private sector, financial partners and the media. The 2010 gathering, organized around the theme of “Seeking out Solutions: Economic Justice”, marks the beginning of a three-year cycle during which Montréal will serve as host city.
The decision to select Montréal was confirmed in late February by Ingrid Srinath, Secretary General of CIVICUS. Ms. Srinath was in Montréal recently to attend a meeting of the organization’s board of directors and to consult with members of the 2010 World Assembly’s organizing committee, which was established by the INM. Ms. Srinath also addressed a meeting of the Montréal International Relations Council (Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal/CORIM).
The Government of Québec, via Québec Government Office in London, supported the INM’s participation in the most recent CIVICUS World Assembly (Glasgow 2008), when Montréal’s application to host the event was submitted.
Institut du nouveau monde/INM