Across the globe, people want something fundamentally human: to have a say in decisions about their future. To do so, they need to speak out, organise, mobilise and take action off-line and on-line. In order to achieve this, democratic, fundamental freedoms – of expression, association and peaceful assembly – and safe environments are key. Effective participation at all levels ensures that policies address real issues, makes societies more resilient and policy-making more effective and legitimate.