International Events

On this page, you will find the international events on development cooperation and multi-stakeholder dialogue where civil society is getting actively involved.


- CIVICUS World Assembly: 5‐7 September 2012, Montreal, Canada

- United Nations Development Cooperation Forum: 5‐6 July 2012, New York, United States of America

- United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20): 20‐22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

CIVICUS World Assembly (5‐7 September 2012, Montreal, Canada)

The annual CIVICUS World Assembly took place on the 5th to the 7th of September 2012 in Montreal, Canada. The event gathered hundreds of civil society participants from across the world around the topic: ACTING TOGETHER FOR A JUST WORLD: Defining a new social contract – making the future together.

Open Forum stand

Like in 2011, Open Forum hosted a stand to inform about our key acitivites and resources on CSO Development Effectiveness throughout the 3-day event. This year, the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness was supplemented by 2 important references to guide CSOs in putting the global standards into practice - the Impelmentation and Advocacy Toolkits.

Open Forum and CIVICUS workshop

In addition, on the 6th of September, Open Forum and CIVICUS co-organized the workshop titled “ Making Development Work: Civil society and the global Development Effectiveness agenda ”.

Launch of the Istanbul Principles icons

The Ontario Council for International Cooperation, in collaboration with the Canadian Council for International Co-operation and Open Forum, used the Open Forum and CIVICUS workshop for the official global launch of the icons that will come to represent the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness.


Workshop agendaEnglish
Workshop report by CIVICUSEnglish
Workshop Presentation: CSO engagement in aid and development effectiveness processes, by Brian Tomlinson (AidWatch Canada)English
Presentation: implementation of the Busan Partnership, by Fraser Kelly-Reilly (Canadian Council for International Cooperation - CCIC)English
Presentation: Advocacy work towards governments and donors, by Julia Sanchez (CCIC)English
Presentation: civil society development effectiveness, by Anselmo Lee (PSPD / KoFID)English
Press Relase on the launch of the Istanbul Principles iconsEnglish; French; Spanish
Making Development Work: Civil Society and the Global Development Effectiveness Agenda - blog article for CIVICUS by the Open Forum Global Coordinator Amy BartlettEnglish

United Nations Development Cooperation Forum (5‐6 July 2012, New York, United States of America)

CSO statements on UN DCF

Various CSOsCivil Society Statement to UNDCFEnglish
LDC WatchStatement at Side-Event on “Monitoring of the Implementation of the IPoA and other IADGs to strengthen Mutual Accountability in LDCs"English
ITUCInternational Trade Union Confederation’s statement to the UN Development Cooperation Forum 2012English; Spanish; French

Convened every 2 years, the United Nations Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) is a multi-stakeholder platform that enables all development actors - including civil society - to voice their priorities and influence political action and realities of international development cooperation.

Achieving sustainable development is a key theme at the DCF this year.

A dedicated task force is coordinating civil society participation and confirmed side events run by CSOs on Human Rights-Based Approach, Gender, and the post MDGs agenda.


- 1 pager on DCF 2012 event

- Draft Agenda of plenary sessions (CSO side events on HRBA and Gender are planned for July 5th and the side event on the post MDGs agenda for July 6th. These side events will take place during the lunch recess)

- See the logistical note on participation to the event

- DCF Information Bulletin May-June 2012

- DCF Information Bulletin April 2012

Rio+20 Conference (20‐22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, is a hugely important opportunity for global civil society to make sure that the voices of the poor and marginalized are included in decisions that affects them the most. Many CSOs have been engaging through the Major Groups represented at Rio+20 but also through networks such as Beyond 2015, regional consultation statements, and online voting. In addition, the Peoples Summit running alongside Rio+20 released a broad call for mobilization to civil society colleagues worldwide, to enable all groups to contribute their voice even at a distance.

RIO+20 OUTCOME DOCUMENT - The Future We Want:

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CSO statements on Rio+20 Outcome Agreement

Women’s Major Group:RIO+20: From the Future We Want to the Future We NeedPress Release: English Statement: English - French - Spanish
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC):There will be no social justice without environmental protection - Rio Outcome does not shift us from this unequal and enviro-destructive modelStatement: English - French - Spanish

Opinions and reactions to Rio+20 Outcome Agreement

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ActionAid (Uzma Tahir):"The text produced in the outcome document on which the debate was initiated and will continue for the coming three days has not been able to address the grave and daunting concerns of women, youth and children, farmers, indigenous people and workers."Rio+20 - heading the wrong way?
Amnesty International Human Rights Watch, and the Center for International Environment Law (CIEL):"While there has been some progress in the final outcome document, the mere fact that we have to advocate for inclusion of human rights is absurd."Rio + 20: Outcome Document Undermined by Rights Opponents
Dochas (Hans Zomer - Video):"The text coming out of Rio is extermely weak but it does introduce new concepts that are a good basis for further work. The key is that civil society keeps up the pressure."Rio+20 Video Blog
CIVICUS Alliance for Citizen Participation:"Under-achievement of Rio raises serious questions about the ability of the inter-governmental system as currently constituted to achieve sustainable development, protection of human rights, and the full participation of people."Disappointment and frustration abound in Rio
The Independent (Paul Vallely):"We may now need a similar bottom-up mass movement of individuals to get real progress on saving the planet."The planet looked to Rio again, and Rio looked away
Voice (Ahmed Swapan Mahmud):"In the past two decades, marginalisation – the rich and poor divide – has increased. So, the development goals must assert social and economic equality, and environmental protection. The green economy cannot solve the problem until the current architecture is changed."Rio+20: A voice from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Regional CSO consultations in the run up to Rio+20

RegionTitleDateLocationMore information
AfricaReclaiming Rights at Rio: Transformative Agenda at Rio+20 and Beyond30-31 May 2012Nairobi, KenyaOutcome statement - Nairobi Declaration: English and Spanish; Invitation flyer
Asia- APRN Biennial Conference: Rio for Beginners Workshop4 June 2012Hanoi, VietnamContact: Lyn Pano
- APRN Biennial Conference: Rio for People: Bringing together CSOs for Genuine Sustainable Development5-7 June 2012Hanoi, VietnamContact: Lyn Pano
Latin America and the CaribbeanDefendiendo derechos para una Agenda Transformadora en Rio+20 y Más Allá30-31 May 2012La Paz, BoliviaOutcome statement, Invitation flyer, Analysis of consultation

Istanbul Principles flyer for Rio+20

The Flyer presents the 8 Istanbul Principles and the international mobilazation behind them, highlighting the collective CSO vision of how development should work for the people in the long term - including Principle 4: Environmental Sustainability.

We invite you to circulate the flyer widely to your network, in particular those attending Rio+20 and adjacent events.

Istanbul Principles Flyer for Rio+20:

What Effective Sustainable Development Means for Civil Society

Dowload here in: English, Spanish and French

Online voting

Everybody is also invited to vote on solutions to the planet’s most pressing challenges to be presented at the high level segment of Rio+20 through

Peoples Summit for Social and Environmental Justice: 15-23 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Peoples Summit will see civil society groups from all over the world voice their vision of a new way of living on the planet - against commodification of life and in defense of the commons.

Acknowledging that not everyone will be able to attend in Rio, and to give common visibility to all groups that share the critics, analysis and proposal of the and want to make their voices heard, organizers call civil society worldwide to communicate their mobilization actions. Indeed, many organizations, communities and networks are holding demonstrations, actions, conferences, debates, etc., in conjunction with the 20th of June (Global Action Day called by the Peoples Summit) or other occasions.

To contribute your voice:

- An interactive map is available on the Peoples Summit website, giving an overview of all the mobilizations going on in the world. To include your activity on the map, please fill in this form.

- Spread the mobilization call as widely as possible

- Send a short mobilization call video for the Global Day of Action on the 20th of June (around 1min). Please see Terms of reference.

- Send other videos, images, or any other mobilization tool.

Please send it all to the following e-mail address: mobiliza at