Working Group on Enabling and Protecting Civil Society
Chaired by Canada, the Working Group on Enabling and Protecting Civil Society fosters collaboration among states, civil society and international organizations to counter the growing global trend of constraining civil society.
By combining the diplomatic influence of democratic states with the collective power of the global democratic community, the group ensures that nongovernmental actors are able to voice their opinions and hold their leaders accountable.
As a way to guarantee citizens the right to organize themselves and promote shared values, the Working Group on Enabling and Protecting Civil Society serves as a mediator between individuals and governments. It achieves its objectives through diplomacy, technical assistance (legal and constitutional drafting expertise), awareness campaigns, workshops and seminars.
“The Importance of Ensuring an Enabling Environment for Civil Society as it Relates to the Sustainable Development Goals”
The study was commissioned specifically by the Community of Democracies’ Working Group on Enabling and Protecting Civil Society to help strengthen its advocacy work on civil society space, and in support of the Community of Democracies’ priority around the same issue.