2017
International Civic Forum

11 - 12 September

Context

The Forum is the annual platform for developing face-to-face contacts, making strategic decisions, and building trust among a cross-sector community working on the topic of civic freedoms, civic participation and strengthening of civil society and democracy in general.The International Civic Forum is a platform for leaders from civil society, media, foundations, government, and business who are at the forefront of protecting and advancing civic space around the globe.

The Forum

Co-hosted by CIVICUS, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, the International Press Institute, and the Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society, the International Civic Forum will convene 60 - 70 leaders from civil society, media, philanthropy, government, and business, who are at the forefront of protecting and advancing civic space around the globe.

This year, the meeting will focus on the question of how we can contribute to an enabling environment for civic participation and peaceful and healthy societies (see agenda).

In break-out sessions the participants will discuss specific topics and explore cooperation and joint initiatives:

  1. Delivering accountability and transparency in times of shrinking civic space
  2. Achieving SDG 16 – Peace, Justice, Strong Institutions, and the rule of law – through strategic partnerships
  3. Countering restrictions to the online space globally

Participation

We are inviting leaders from different sectors, who are at the forefront of protecting and advancing civic space around the globe.

Contact

If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact Miriam Niehaus (mniehaus@icscentre.org). Please note that there is a limited number of slots for this meeting and is by invitation only.

Conference Details

International Civic Forum

11 – 12 September 2017

Location

Washington DC, United States