FIM’s signature activity is our international FIM Forum. Since 1998, we have brought together hundreds of civil society and global governance actors in important and highly participatory dialogues on multilateralism and the democratization of global governance. Each forum focuses on a theme as selected by the FIM Board of Directors.
The objective of every FIM Forum is threefold:
- To strengthen the capacity of international civil society to contribute to the democratization of global governance through influencing and impacting the multilateral system;
- To support the documentation and dissemination of civil society practitioner knowledge and scholarship; and
- To ensure the participation of a diversity of civil society sectors, networks and organizations.
Our global conferences are larger in size and allow us to convene even more civil society and global governance actors in informed dialogue. Moreover, FIM aims to maintain a gender and regional balance at our conferences.
Learn more about FIM Forums:
The Future We Need: Civil Society Democratizing the United Nations
On March 11-12, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, FIM convened “The Future We Need: Civil Society Democratizing Global Governance. ” This forum explored the history and current status of civil society -UN relations, as well as opportunities for future engagement.
Civil Society in the Middle East and North Africa Democratizing Governance: From the Local to the Global
On November 1-2, 2011, in Stockholm, Sweden, FIM convened “Civil Society in the Middle East and North Africa Democratizing Governance: From the Local to the Global.” This forum explored the nature of, and possibilities for, the civil society/multilateral interface in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region within the context of the uprisings that have occurred since January of 2011.
Arab Civil Society Power Transactions Locally and Multilaterally (2011)
The Demands for New Development Models at the Center of the Peoples’ Revolutions in the Arab Region: Threats from Multilateral and Regional Financial and Development Institutions (2011)
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Impacting Multilateralism: Civil Society’s Engagement with the Political Process
- On March 2-3, 2009 in New Delhi, India, FIM convened “Impacting Multilateralism: Civil Society’s Engagement with the Political Process.” During this forum, participants studied cases highlighting the role of civil society in impacting political processes at the national and multilateral level. The forum also examined underlying principles for good practice with respect to civil society engagement with multilateralism.
Reforming the World Bank: NGOs and the Wolfowitz Resignation (2009)
A Study of Nepal’s Constituent Assembly Election: The Influence of Civil Society and the Multilateral System (2009)
Nepali, Rohit Kumar
Civil Society and Regional Multilateralism
- On February 8-9, 2008, in Montreal, Canada, FIM convened “Civil Society and Regional Multilateralism.” This forum examined the ongoing work of, and the lessons learned by, civil society coalitions in Southeast Asia and South America in impacting the policies of their regional multilateral bodies AsiaDHRRA and MERCOSUR.
AsiaDHRRA and ASEAN: A case study on the process of Civil Society Engagement with an Intergovernmental Organization (2008)
Impacting MERCOSUR’s gender policies: Experiences, Lessons Learned, and the Ongoing Work of Civil Society in Latin America(2008)
Civil Society’s Impact on the Multilateral Sphere: Lessons Learned and Future Directions
On March 12-13, 2007, in Montreal, Canada, FIM convened “Civil Society’s Impact on the Multilateral Sphere: Lessons Learned and Future Directions.” Participants examined how far FIM had come since its inception in 1998 and to identify the new challenges facing civil society’s interactions with multilateralism over the next five years.
Montreal Forum Report: Civil Society’s Impact on the Multilateral Sphere: Lessons Learned and Future Directions (2007)
Civil Society, Poverty Eradication Strategies and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Gaborone, Botswana (March 25, 2004) Mumbai, India (January 18, 2004) Abuja, Nigeria (December 4, 2003)
- FIM convened a series of international workshops on the topic “Civil Society, Poverty Eradication Strategies and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); important case studies and papers were presented at each workshop.
Turning UN Agreements into Action: The Role of Civil Society in the Monitoring and Implementation of Multilateral Agreements
On October 2-4, 2001, in Brisbane, Australia, FIM convened “Turning UN Agreements into Action: The Role of Civil Society in the Monitoring and Implementation of Multilateral Agreements.” This forum focused on the participation of civil society actors in the review and implementation of major United Nations Summit agreements, and highlighted lessons and opportunities.
Promoting Human Security: Civil Society Influence
- On October 1-3, 2000, in Montreal, Canada, FIM convened “Promoting Human Security: Civil Society Influence.” Participants at this forum examined five human security case studies wherein civil society organizations have influenced the multilateral system.
Civil Society Engaging Multilateral Institutions: At the Crossroads
On September 9-10, 1999, in Montreal, Canada, FIM convened “Civil Society Engaging Multilateral Institutions: At the Crossroads.” Forum attendees focused their attention on a series of cases studies of civil society’s interactions with six multilateral entities.
Montreal Forum Report: Civil Society Engaging Multilateral Institutions: At the Crossroads (1999)