CONFERENCE: 8th CIVICUS World Assembly on Civil Society

Posted on 26 May 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The following email was circulated by Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of CIVICUS, World Alliance for Citizen Participation

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am writing to extend a special invitation to you to participate in the 8th CIVICUS World Assembly, one of 2008’s biggest and most dynamic events organised by and for civil society.

The 8th CIVICUS World Assembly will take place in Glasgow, Scotland from 18-21 June 2008 for the third and last time in this series. We hope that you will join us in Glasgow where civil society in all its diversity will debate how to achieve justice for all and will engage with each other as well as with governments, business and international institutions.

The overall theme of the conference will be “Acting Together for a Just World”. This will be explored through the focus theme, People, Participation and Power. We will hold 4 main plenary sessions, 2 tracks (Intelligent Funding and Media), 30 training and engagement workshops, breakout sessions, learning exchanges, a march and rally, networking sessions and film screenings, during which we hope to ignite a dynamic and inspiring exchange of views and lessons learned on improving global governance, strengthening civil society and empowering the poor.

Our main plenary sessions will include topics such as:

  • People, Participation and Power – We the People…
  • Funding for Development: Innovation and Reform
  • Looking at the Social Responsibility of the Media
  • Engaging with International Governmental Organisations on an uneven playing field
  • Rethinking the Role of the Corporate Sector: Trade, Development and Human Rights
    Leadership: Inspiring Hope in an Age of Despair – The Elders

Some of the presenters and organisations who have confirmed participation include:

  • Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and one of The Elders
  • Ela Bhatt, founding Chair of the Women in Informal Employment: Globalising, Organising (WIEGO) Steering Committee – The Elders
  • Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu – The Elders (by video)
  • Pascal Lamy – Director General, World Trade Organisation
  • Douglas Alexander, Secretary of State, International Development, UK
  • Hina Jilani, UN Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders
  • Alex Salmond, First Minister, Scotland
  • Salil Shetty, Director, UN Millennium Campaign
  • Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, African Women’s Development Fund
  • David Nussbaum, CEO, WWF UK
  • Representatives of United Nations Volunteers (UNV), the Nigerian Network of NGOs, the Global Compact and the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE).

An exciting development this year is the involvement of BBC World Service radio. There will be four broadcasts from the World Assembly, including the World Have Your Say programme which will involve the participation of delegates and callers from around the world.

Please visit our website at for more information on the CIVICUS World Assembly or to register on-line. Alternatively, feel free to e-mail us at

We sincerely hope that you will join us for this event and contribute to our quest to strengthen civil society for a better and more just world.

With my very best wishes and in solidarity,

Kumi Naidoo
Secretary General
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

Thank you to Ghulam Nabi Nizamani for forwarding Kumi Naidoo’s email to We Can Do and other parties. We Can Do is unable to respond to inquiries about this conference. Individuals interested in learning more about the 8th CIVICUS World Assembly on Civil Society should please consult the CIVICUS web site at or contact the conference organizers directly.

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CONFERENCE: Women, Faith, and Development Summit to End Global Poverty

Posted on 27 February 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Children, Events and Conferences, Poverty, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The following announcement is being circulated by the Women’s Faith and Development Alliance. It is not a disability-specific event. But if any We Can Do reader is able to attend, then it could be an opportunity to informally remind other participants at the event about the needs of women and girls with disabilities in international development. If you are already in Washington DC then it is free to attend. But you do need to register in advance.

Attend the Breakthrough Summit!

Sunday, April 13, 2008 (2:30-5:30pm)
Washington, DC, USA

Washington National Cathedral and the Women, Faith and Development Alliance Present
Breakthrough: The Women, Faith, and Development Summit to End Global Poverty

70% of the world’s three billion poor people are women and girls. We must act now to empower women and end poverty!

Come to the Breakthrough Summit, the first high-level event bringing together the women, faith, and international development communities—as well as policymakers and other global leaders— to launch the Women, Faith, and Development Alliance’s (WFDA) global campaign to make investing in women and girls a priority in the fight against global poverty.

Join our distinguished Breakthrough Co-Chairs as they issue a call-to-action to assembled guests and all global citizens, urging them to join the campaign and get actively involved:

  • The Honorable Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State
  • The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Prime Minister, Canada (1993)
  • Her Excellency Mary Robinson, Former President, Republic of Ireland; Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1990-1997)
  • The Reverend Doctor Ishmael Noko, General Secretary, Lutheran World Federation
  • Sheikh Shaban Mabuje, Grand Mufti, Uganda
  • Ashley Judd, Global Ambassador, YouthAids (invited)

Hear from our honorary Co-Chairs, who are offering important support for our efforts:

  • Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Chair, King Hussein Foundation
  • Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President, Republic of Liberia (Honorary)
  • His Grace Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus, South Africa (Honorary)
  • Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Founder Grameen Bank, Bangladesh (Honorary)

Individuals, families, colleagues, community groups, clubs, and members of all religious communities are invited to attend the April 13th event, learn more about the global plight of women and girls, hear commitments for women and girls from key public figures, participate in interfaith prayer, listen to live music, and visit an exhibition area to see and purchase Fair Trade and women-made products from around the world.

For more Summit information, to obtain your free ticket to the Summit, or to sign up for WFDA updates, please visit or call (202) 537-3184.

Be part of this once-in-a-lifetime gathering. Attend the Breakthrough Summit and join WFDA. Help change the lives of millions of women and girls around the globe.

We Can Do received the above announcement through contacts at Mobility International USA (MIUSA).

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