From August 21 - 23, 2011, 200 global leaders from 83 countries convened
in Stockholm, Sweden to advance civil society law.
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Welcome remarks were delivered by two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Keynote remarks were delivered by Swedish Minister of International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson. In addition, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association Maina Kiai held his first global NGO consultation with many of the 200+ Forum delegates.
To view videos and read remarks, please click on the links below.
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|Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu: We need safe spaces to pursue collective action||
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu: We need safe spaces to pursue collective action
|Daw Aung San Suu Kyi: Laws exist to protect society, not to strengthen the hand of those in power.||
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi: Laws exist to protect society, not to strengthen the hand of those in power.
|Human rights activists are partners not adversaries, says U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton||
Human rights activists are partners not adversaries, says U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Minister Carlsson: As governments, we must create an enabling environment for civil society. To read remarks, please click here.
Maina Kiai asks Forum delegates for assistance and input on implementing his mandate as UN Special Rapporteur. To read his letter, please click here.
|The ICNL Global Forum on Civil Society Law 2011||
A short video from the 2011 ICNL Global Forum on Civil Society Law in Stockholm, Sweden.
"I have been to many international civil society conferences in the past 25 years. The ICNL Global Forum in Stockholm was the best one I have ever attended. Efficient, action-oriented and forward looking. The professional representatives from 80 countries really made this conference a great success."
Senior Adviser, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs