Meaningful public participation is fundamental not only to a vibrant civil society but also to effective governance and policymaking. In 2018, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights released new guidelines providing practical recommendations on how States can put in practice the right to participate in public affairs. But public participation often continues to be constrained, whether in electoral processes, in non-electoral contexts and at the international level. This session seeks to empower civil society colleagues to leverage the Guidelines on Public Participation, SDG commitments and other international participation tools effectively to broaden public participation at the regional and country levels, with a particular emphasis on expanding the participation of marginalized groups, environmental defenders and vulnerable communities.
Organizers: ARTICLE 19, CIVICUS, ICNL, World Movement for Democracy and the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL)