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Following this global online consultations, the United Nations has adopted a new Guidance Note on Protection and Promotion of Civic Space. Recognizing the criticality of involving people in finding solutions to the many challenges the world is facing, the Guidance Note out actions in relation to “3 Ps”:
The Secretary-General’s Call to Action for Human Rights places maintaining and expanding civic space at the core of the UN’s efforts, and committed the UN system to stepping up coordination and work in this area. The Guidance Note was launched at the end of 2020, including a virtual public panel discussion on 4 December 2020.
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Welcome to the Online Consultation
Monday 13 January at 9:00 GMT to Friday 24 January at 18:00 GMT
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From 13 Jan - 24 Jan 2020, please contribute to the development of the UN coherent and systematic approach to protecting and promoting civic space. The feedback and recommendations received during the consultations will feed into the development of the UN’s overall approach and strategy on the protection and promotion of civic space.
The target audience for this consultation are civil society actors at international, regional, national and local levels working on issues related to development, peace and security, human rights and humanitarian action.
Participants are not required to be part of discussion during the entire consultation. They may wish to contribute their inputs on any consultation questions at any day and time (during 13-24 January 2020).
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Please Respond Below to the Following Questions
Q2. Protection of civil society actors:
Q3. Promotion of and advocacy for civic space:
We would like to thank you all once again for your participation and for your contributions, and we are pleased to share with you the final summary of the consultations.
In the context of significant threats to civic space and attacks against civil society, your contributions and recommendations will help the UN to strategize, identify priority actions, frame and inform the development of the UN system strategy on protecting and promoting civic space going forward.
Many of you emphasized the essential role of the UN in strengthening partnerships with and protection of civil society actors, and in actively engaging a diversity of actors in promoting civic space at international and national levels. You also brought to our attention your shared concerns relating to the shrinking and closing of civic space, challenges you faced in your daily life and advocacy, and severe human rights violations committed against specific population groups, civil society activists and human rights defenders.
Based on your reflections, the attached summary provides key recommendations or “key asks” from you all on what the UN should do to improve partnership, participation, access to information, protection of civil society actors from threats and reprisals, and to proactively promote civic space and civil society participation in national decision-making processes. We heard a diversity of views and suggestions from you, and we hope many of them are reflected in this summary in various ways.
We also hope that the discussions and the summary will be useful in your future advocacy efforts, and we invite you to share these with your friends, family, peers, professional and personal associates, and with anyone whose voice needs to be heard!
Please note that all your contributions and comments, as well as this summary, will still be accessible on the Global Dev Hub platform until further notice.
Read the Consultation Summary
? Civic Space Online Consultations - Final Summary (5 Feb 2020).