10 December 2019 – In partnership with 30 organisations around the world, the global CSO platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) has launched the Global Day of Action Against Shrinking Civic Spaces.
Under the theme ‘Working Together to Defend Human Rights and Civic Space for a Just and Sustainable World,’ the campaign aims to raise the awareness of different actors at national and global levels on the challenges faced by civil society organisations (CSOs) and encourage action to reverse the trend of shrinking civic spaces. It was planned in time for the International Human Rights Day, to establish that human rights are at the core of people-centered development.
Through the Global Day of Action, CPDE hopes to drive further support for the Belgrade Call to Action, which articulates the global civil society’s demands to reverse the pattern of shrinking civic space and worsening attacks on human rights. Moreover, CPDE and its partner organisations seek the popularisation of the CSO role as vital, independent development actors in their own right and partners for development, and the recognition of the importance of civic space and democratic governance in human rights-based approach to development.
The Belgrade Call to Action asks United Nations Member States and other development stakeholders to act and reverse the closing and shrinking space for civil society, to stop the attacks on human rights defenders and refrain from undermining democratic participation, and to renew the prospects for an inclusive agenda 2030 and the full realisation of the SDGs.
Activities related to the CPDE Global Day of Action 2019 are published on these pages: Facebook: @CSOPartnerships, Twitter: @csopartnership_, Instagram: @csopartnership, and YouTube: CSOPartnership. Participating organisations come from the following countries: Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Gambia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Chad, El Salvador, Fiji, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Armenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, and Zimbabwe.
CPDE is an open platform that unites CSOs from around the world on the issue of effective development cooperation. It strives to make development more effective by reshaping the global aid architecture and empowering CSOs working on the ground. To know more, visit csopartnership.org.#