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Intl. Civic Forum participants call on govts., companies, civil society organisations & citizens to sign the Civic Charter - Global Framework for People's Participation

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, CIVICUS, Funders' Initiative for Civil Society, Intl. Press Institute & others, Published on: 13 September 2017

International Civic Forum Communiqué

On 11 – 12 September 70 representatives from civil society, government, business, media and philanthropy came together at the International Civic Forum in Washington D.C. to explore how they can cooperate to promote civic freedoms and stand up together when these are violated...

  • On the eve of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, we call on world leaders to explicitly affirm and support citizens’ rights to participate in shaping their societies. Without citizen participation we will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals nor will we secure international peace and stability.
  • We call on all governments, companies, civil society organisations and citizens to join us in signing the Civic Charter and to commit to uphold, protect, and promote its principles.
  • We encourage our fellow leaders from civil society, government, business, and philanthropy to join us in cross-sector alliances in support of civic space and to endorse and support common initiatives.

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