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Emails: reservas2@terramar.tur.br or reservas4@terramar.tur.br or reservas8@terramar.tur.br

Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

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  • Published on: 25 Apr 2011
  • Submitted by: CIVICUS - World Alliance for Citizen Participation
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Civil Society enabling environment now on global agenda
As you may know, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) around the world are mobilising resources, actions and advocacy to influence key global processes this year. One key event slated for the latter part of 2011, where major issues including Development Effectiveness and the role of and operational environment for civil society need to be taken up in earnest, is the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea (HLF-4), from 26 November-1 December.

The forum is expected to assess the progress of governments in terms of meeting the commitments made in recent years and what additional commitments are necessary to ensure CSOs? role as independent development actors. We hope that the forum will lead to renewed energy amongst governments to catalyse greater development cooperation. Today, as a member of the Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment, I am happy to report back to you one key outcome of this process, which I believe is a tremendous step towards influencing the outcome of the upcoming High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness.

After 18 months of engagement and advocacy by civil society, including CIVICUS, the Task Team has finally agreed on collective key messages for consideration by all participating stakeholders in HLF-4. These messages are derived from the Task Team?s work over the past 18 months, and build upon the civil society-related commitments in the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA). The messages address key issue areas with respect to the theme of CSO development effectiveness and an enabling environment. They point towards continued commitments and further engagement for progress in these important areas, which are an essential foundation of inclusive ownership and development outcomes for poor and vulnerable people.

We are happy to see that this multi-stakeholder group has gone beyond acknowledging the global trend of shrinking space for civil society and reaffirming existing commitments, but has also elaborated key parameters necessary for an enabling environment for civil society. The Multi- stakeholder calls upon HLF 4 participants, ?including governments to commit to:

? ?Promoting an enabling environment for CSOs as independent development actors, both in law and practice, at minimum in keeping with existing commitments in international and regional instruments that guarantee fundamental rights.?

? ?These include: freedom of association, freedom of expression, the right to operate free from unwarranted state interference, the right to communicate and cooperate, the right to seek and secure funding, and the state?s duty to protect.?

This is indeed a tremendous win for civil society, and I look forward to keeping you updated
as we move towards Busan.
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