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Launch of the OECD Global Report on Civic Space

16dec15:0016:00Launch of the OECD Global Report on Civic SpaceStrengthening Alignment with International Standards and Guidance15:00 - 16:00 View in my time Event Organized ByOECD Observatory of Civic Space

Event Details

The past decade has seen increasing international recognition of civic space as a cornerstone of functioning democracies, alongside efforts to promote and protect it. Countries that foster civic space are better placed to reap the many benefits of higher levels of citizen engagement, strengthened transparency and accountability, and empowered citizens and civil society. In the longer term, a vibrant civic space can help to improve government effectiveness and responsiveness, contribute to more citizen-centred policies, and boost social cohesion. This first OECD comparative report on civic space offers a baseline of data from 33 OECD members and 19 non-members and a nuanced overview of the different dimensions of civic space, with a focus on civic freedoms, media freedoms, civic space in the digital age, and the enabling environment for civil society. It provides an exhaustive review of legal frameworks, policies, strategies, and institutional arrangements, in addition to implementation gaps, trends and good practices. The analysis is complemented by a review of international standards and guidance, in addition to data and analysis from civil society and other stakeholders.

The webinar will launch the OECD’s first global report on the subject, “The Protection and Promotion of Civic Space: Strengthening Alignment with International Standards and Guidance”. It will include a presentation of the main findings of the report and a discussion among international experts working in this field on how to raise standards.

Time

(Friday) 15:00 - 16:00 View in my time

Organizer

OECD Observatory of Civic Space

The OECD Observatory of Civic Space increases the visibility of the current and planned work on civic space. It builds on almost two decades of OECD work on open government, supporting governance cultures based on transparency, integrity, accountability and stakeholder participation.

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