‘Civil Society: only the clampdown is transparent’:
Posted by civilsocietyindex on September 13, 2010
Too little partnership and too little space for civil society is marring progress on the Millennium Development Goals
In light of the upcoming meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) to be held in New York later this month, Ingrid Srinath (secretary general of CIVICUS) and Mandeep Tiwana (Policy manager at CIVICUS) have co-written an article that speaks to the role of civil society in the context of the history and future of the MGSs. The article speaks to the role that civil societies have played in working towards achieving the MDGs and the difficulties that they have faced in that regard. Difficulties including ‘restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly’ which they point out are a key part of the role of civil societies. These difficulties have been documented by CIVICUS in 2009 and they are growing in number form year to year.
Srinath and Tiwana point out that the upcoming meeting should seek to address these difficulties as they severely affect the efforts being made to achieve the MDGs by the 2015 deadline.
The meeting will take place from 20-22 September 2010 in New York
To read the full article, click here