Now in Pictures! Global launch of the icons representing the Istanbul Principles!

Thursday 6 September 2012,

Development Effectiveness illustrated: Global launch of the icons representing the Istanbul Principles

Montreal, Canada: September 6, 2012. The Ontario Council for International Cooperation, in collaboration with the Canadian Council for International Co-operation and the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness, used the CIVICUS World Assembly in Montreal, 5 - 7 September 2012, for the official global launch of the icons that will come to represent the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness!

This is an exciting new way to interact with the Istanbul Principles, which were developed by and for civil society to give shape to their effective development work ,” said Amy Bartlett, Global Coordinator of the Open Forum. “ Civil society organizations around the world can use these icons to help popularize and implement these important values and principles, in solidarity with the thousands of organizations already working to improve their effectiveness as development actors ,” she added.

The eight Istanbul Principles are a set of mutually shared values that guide the development work of civil society organizations (CSOs) worldwide, developed through the Open Forum global consultation process. Today, the Istanbul Principles are being applied by CSOs worldwide in their own countries.

Developed for open to use by all, the Istanbul Principles icons are intended as a visual reference for those involved in development activities worldwide, and in particular CSOs - who created and are now implemeting the Istanbul Principles.

The Istanbul Principles are an important milestone for any CSO working to improve its effectiveness and impact. We are delighted that the CIVICUS World Assembly was used as the opportunity to launch the icons ,” said Katsuji Imata, Acting Secretary General of CIVICUS.

The CIVICUS World Assembly is a primary venue for civil society practitioners, researchers, activists, concerned business leaders and representatives from governments to share ideas and experiences on strengthening citizen participation.

We invite you to download, view, and disseminate the Istanbul Principles icons widely!

The Istanbul Principles icons will be available in different languages and formats going forward.

- Dowload the Press Release launching the Istanbul Principles icons in


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