FIM’s global conferences are larger in size and allow us to convene even more civil society and global governance actors in informed dialogue. To date, we have convened three major global governance conferences attended by more than 1,200 civil society activists, academics, students, government officials and other interested citizens from more than 65 countries. While each conference has a specific focus and theme, the overarching purpose of these conferences — true to FIM’s core mission — is to contribute to strengthening the engagement of civil society in the democratization of global governance.

Global Conference 2005 (G05) Civil Society: Visions and Strategies
Montreal, Canada (May/June 2005)

FIM’s Global Conference 2005 was held from May 26 through June 1, 2005, in Montreal, Canada. Approximately 400 participants from 45 countries — including civil society actors and representatives from governments, private entities and intergovernmental organizations — gathered under the theme “Civil Society: Visions and Strategies.” Using two key papers [Link below] as a starting point, participants shared perspectives on key issues that determine the state of global democracy, and discussed and developed proposals around how best to tackle the democratic deficit plaguing global governance. Attendees also devised visions and strategies to guide talks and action leading up to the September 2005 World Summit hosted by the United Nations.                                                      

Read more:

Conference Report: Global Democracy: Civil Society Visions and Strategies (2005)

Democratisation of Global Governance (2005)
(Tandon, Rajesh)

Promising Visions and Strategies to Advancing Global Democracy (2005)
(Riker, James)


Global Governance Conference 2002 (G02): Civil Society and the Democratization of Global Governance
Montreal, Canada (October 2002)

FIM’s Global Conference 2002 was held on October 13-16, 2002, in Montreal, Canada under the theme “Civil Society and the Democratization of Global Governance.” This conference brought together some 450 participants from more than 70 countries — from diverse spheres within civil society and global multilateral institutions, national and local governments, parliamentarians and businesspeople. Participants had the opportunity to discuss their experiences and learn more about what truly democratic global governance means, while exploring real-world action and strategies for how civil society can most effectively increase democracy and accountability in global governance.

Read more:

Conference Report: Civil Society and the Democratization of Global Governance (2002) Futures Beyond Threats (2002)
(Foster, John)


World Civil Society Conference (WOCSOC)
Montreal, Canada (December 1999)

FIM’s World Civil Society Conference was held on December 7-11, 1999, in Montreal, Canada. The theme was “Building Global Governance Partnerships.” Held a few weeks prior to the beginning of a new millennium, the conference was, as stated in the welcoming remarks, “an event designed to fashion a new fashion of our common future,” one in which each sector — including civil society — has a role to play. Speakers included then-Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Wangari Maathai (later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize). More than 30 workshops were conducted, and one of the conference’s lasting legacies is the Montreal message: “We call upon all intergovernmental institutions for global governance, both within and outside the UN system, to operate through transparent decision-making processes, including mechanisms for the participation of civil society.” 

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Conference Report: Building Global Governance Partnerships (1999)