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Monday, May 11 • 09:00 - 10:30
High-Level Plenary: Global Support to Civil Society

Restrictions on civic space are multiplying – and the world is coming together to respond.  Global initiatives have emerged to counter the crackdown through development, diplomacy, and the adoption of international norms.  The Global Forum’s High-Level Plenary will showcase key multilateral initiatives, examining their effectiveness and potential to help turn the tide against shrinking civic space. The Plenary will begin with a keynote address by Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director-General of Sida.

Resource Materials:

  1. Sida Website
  2. Website of the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  3. Community of Democracies Website
  4. Organization of American States (OAS) Website
  5. Remarks by President Obama at Civil Society Roundtable

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David Moore

Vice President of Legal Affairs, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
David Moore is VP of Legal Affairs with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), where he has worked since 2001. On behalf of ICNL, Mr. Moore has conducted legal assessments of civil society laws and/or provided technical assistance on law reform projects in a diverse... Read More →

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Charlotte Petri Gornitzka

Director-General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Charlotte Petri Gornitzka took up the position as Director-General of Sida in February 2011, working on behalf of the Swedish Government to contribute to enabling poor people to improve their living conditions. Since then, important steps have been taken to focus the agency’s mission... Read More →
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Maina Kiai

Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, United Nations
Mr. Maina Kiai is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. He took up his functions on May 1, 2011.A lawyer trained at Nairobi and Harvard Universities, Mr. Kiai has spent the last twenty years campaigning for human rights... Read More →
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Maria Leissner

Secretary General, Community of Democracies
In April 2012, Maria Leissner was elected the first Secretary General of the Community of Democracies. In June 2014, she was re-elected for a second term. Previously, she served as Sweden's Ambassador at Large for Democracy and led the Community of Democracies Working Group on Governance... Read More →
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Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria

Executive Secretary, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Emilio Álvarez Icaza has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO-Mexico). In 1999, he was elected Counselor of the Electoral... Read More →
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Laura Abrahams Schulz

Director for Global Engagement, National Security Council, The White House
Laura Abrahams Schulz is the Director of Global Engagement at the White House National Security Council. In this capacity, she coordinates global policy on promoting civil society and religious leader engagement. Ms. Schulz is on detail from the United States Agency for International... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 09:00 - 10:30 CEST
Banquet Hall Clarion Sign Hotel