UN must acknowledge need of “major overhaul”, civil society document says
The Coalition for the UN We Need has released the outcomes of the Global Futures Forum. The Interim Peopleʼs Pact for the Future presents thirty-three recommendations and next steps.
DWB | 26.05.2023
G20 countries should pursue democratic improvement of UN: policy brief
A policy brief by the T20 engagement group recommends that the G20 and like-minded G20 members initiate intergovernmental negotiations on a UN Parliamentary Assembly and a UN World Citizens’ Initiative.
DWB | 15.05.2023
Citizens’ assemblies: not made to legislate
If things go to plan, 2023 could see Ireland’s constitution amended to include environmental rights for both people and nature itself. Not only would this be a victory for environmentalism,…
Graham Wetherall-Grujić | 09.05.2023
Civil society in a world of crisis: overview of CIVICUS’ 2023 report
War crimes are being committed by Russia on an industrial scale in Ukraine, women’s rights are being trampled on in Afghanistan and LGBTQI+ people’s rights are under assault in Uganda,…
Mandeep Tiwana | 08.05.2023
Study: International institutions insufficient to deal with global issues
A study of the Swedish SNS Democracy Council concludes that commonly multilateral institutions face deficits that reduce their ability to deliver, making them insufficient to tackle global challenges
DWB | 05.05.2023
UN panel silent on citizen participation and representation
A report presented by the UN’s High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism, or HLAB, does not consider how to improve citizen participation and representation
DWB | 27.04.2023
A new mandate on democracy at the UN Human Rights Council
In this article human rights advocate Gulnara Shahinian argues that the UN Human Rights Council should create the mandate of a Special Rapporteur on Democracy.
Gulnara Shahinian | 20.04.2023
Summit for Democracy takes on autocracy and promotes human rights
Democracies that respect human rights are the best means by which to solve the 21st century’s most critical challenges, Summit for Democracy’s declaration says
Colm Lehane | 17.04.2023
A democratic China must be realized in our time: Xu Zhiyong
In this statement, Xu Zhiyong is calling for freedom, democracy and the rule of law in China. It was published a day before he was sentenced to 14 years in prison in a political trial.
Xu Zhiyong | 14.04.2023
The UN’s stakeholder approach is dangerous for democracy
The United Nations is embracing a “multi-stakeholder” approach that gives strong influence to profit-oriented corporations. This should raise alarm as the concept has serious democratic limitations.
Harris Gleckman | 13.04.2023
Civil society forum considers proposals for global change
More than one hundred civil society representatives and experts met in New York and online last week at the Global Futures Forum to consider what policies and changes are needed…
DWB | 29.03.2023
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