On September 18, 2013, FIM and South Asia Partnership Pakistan’s Building Bridges project convened an in-country consultation in Jakarta. In partnership with the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), this event was a first for Building Bridges in Indonesia. Over twenty members of Indonesian civil society participated, learning about the Building Bridges project, civil society efforts to engage with the OIC, and identifying potential areas where Indonesian civil society could collaborate with engaged citizens in other parts of the OIC. The Human Rights discourse, as well as the OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC), for whom Indonesia is a member state, were highlighted as points of engagement for civil society interested in better engaging with the OIC and the wider multilateral system.
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The Future We Need: Sao Paulo Forum Report
On March 11 and 12, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil FIM-Forum for Democratic Global Governance (FIM) convened The Future We Need: Civil Society Democratizing the United Nations an international forum to take stock of Civil Society (CS)-United Nations (UN) relations. Through practitioner case studies, brief presentations, facilitated dialogue and group work, 36 forum participants shared their knowledge and experience in civil society-UN relations and set forth ideas on how civil society can deepen engagement with the UN. These activities highlighted a number of issues and themes, including the role of the corporate sphere in influencing global governance, the local – global disconnect, civil society legitimacy and credibility, the tension between representative and participatory democracy, standards and tools, and, skills, task and leadership in global governance. Forum participants demonstrated the will to move forward with their engagement with UN bodies.
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Building Bridges South Asia Consultation
A South Asian Consultation of Building Bridges: Civil Society in OIC Countries Engaging with the Multilateral Sphere was convened by SAP-PK April 4-5, 2013. This regional meeting included 23 participants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. Participants were briefed on the Building Bridges project’s history and current status engaging with the OIC and received presentations on Building Bridges activities in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. Participants identified the need: to learn more about the OIC and for technical monitoring of its funded activities at the national level, to promote the status of women and mainstream gender throughout all OIC bodies, for the multilateral to transition from a charity- to a rights-based approach, and to build stronger relations with in-country OIC officials. Participants also identified the following entry points for CSOs for engagement with the OIC and other multilaterals: disseminating basic information on Building Bridges and the OIC in local languages, engaging political parties and parliamentarians and the media in information sharing, continuing to orient CSOs on the OIC and its priorities, and expand Building Bridges to the Middle East and North Africa.
The Sao Paulo Forum Report
On March 11 and 12, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil FIM convened The Future We Need: Civil Society Democratizing the United Nations an international forum to take stock of Civil Society (CS)-United Nations (UN) relations. Read more.
Principles for Civil Society Engagement with Multilateralism
The Principles are drawn from experience and knowledge shared throughout FIM’s work and aim to capture the highest possible, or ideal, values and standards of conduct for CSO engagement with the multilateral system.
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We would like to take a moment to thank all who participated in FIM activities this year. From the Sao Paulo Forum to Building Bridges and BRICS events around the world, 2013 was a year to remember. The FIM secretariat … Continue reading