The UN and Civic Space: Strengthening Participation, Protection and Promotion


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Dear NGO partners and colleagues,

The United Nations invites you to a virtual panel discussion, The UN and Civic Space: Strengthening Participation, Protection and Promotion, at 10:00am to 11:30am (ET) on Friday, 4 December 2020 on Zoom. The panel discussion will focus on the UN’s role to promote and protect civic space under the Secretary General’s Call to Action for Human Rights and the UN Guidance Note on Civic Space. Further information can be found here.

Please register your attendance here:

We look forward to your participation.



NGO Liaison Unit

Political Affairs and Partnerships Section
Office of the Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva
Palais des Nations
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OHCHR: Participation, Human Rights & the Governance Challenge Ahead

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, together with a cross-regional group of sponsoring Member States, is hosting a high-level virtual side event entitled:

Participation, Human Rights and the Governance Challenge Ahead

A high-level virtual panel discussion taking place and webcast live on 25 September 2020, 9 – 10:30am (New York time)

Civil society organizations can register for the event here: by 23 September

Registered CSOs will have an opportunity to submit questions in the chat box.

The event can also be followed live on

Questions addressed will include:

• What is meaningful participation and how does it facilitate governance?
• What are the obstacles to participation, including as regards youth, gender, those in extreme
poverty and indigenous persons, and as regards evolving technology, including online?
• How can governments and multilateral entities use human rights to support participation?


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