On the road towards the first Citizens’ assemblies of 2010...
Five Citizens’ Assemblies are well on their way in Europe, in Asia, in Oceania, in the Mediterranean, in the Latin American Southern Cone and in Africa’s Sahel - Sahara !
Here you will find a summary of the different Assemblies’ news as well as some elements to help you understand their contexts, their aspirations and advances.
» Find out what Citizens’ Assemblies are, their history and their paths
» All the assemblies are starting to share tools and a common calendar. Learn about their schedules and perspectives
In 2009, the election of the new, deeply renewed European Parliament –65% new parliamentarians- has allowed European civic networks to express what they expect of Europe much more precisely. What is missing in Europe is not precisely movements. On the contrary, these compete to exist, to lead, while they are still amazingly dispersed. Next year the European Assembly will have the chance to pull the different movements together and to make contact with new parliamentarians +
» Southern Cone
The First Citizens’ Assembly of the Southern Cone has just come to an end, after three days of uninterrupted exchanges, parties, citizens’ caravans and artistic expressions. Finally, we can say that the Assembly managed to achieve its first mobilization and debate initiative with the presence of a very diverse group of actors from the Southern Cone and more. Participants expressed a global satisfaction with the general atmosphere and the intensity of the exchanges +
The citizen dynamics, which will necessarily maintain itself over time, underline once more the community of destiny that unites the citizens of the North, the South and the East of the Mediterranean. Through their diversity, they are reviving the real and promising meanings of democracy and citizenship. +
» Sahel Saharan
The Sahel-Saharan Citizens’ Assembly recently ended on October 7, 2010 in the historical town of Ayoun, in Mauritania. There were about a hundred participants, with strong Senegalese participation and a small but very active Mali presence. The participants clearly felt that we had just gone through an unprecedented meeting, that the Sahel-Saharan Assembly process is a new and long adventure to make citizens architects of their own destiny +
+ All the videos can be downloaded and watched with a larger player in the Media section.
Here are about sixty images taken during the Oceanian Assembly of Whakatane - New Zealand in January 2011 and shot by the cameras of Betsan Martin, Russell Diabo and Aroha Mead + access to media
This report provides the progress status as of June 2011 on the process of the regional citizens’ assemblies running from 2007-2008 in the five geo-cultural areas of Asia, Oceania, the Mediterranean, the Southern Cone of Latin America and the Sahel-Sahara. It is based primarily on the assessments made by each assembly coordination on the basis of a single interpretative framework, as well as some personal experiences, testimonials and reviews produced in the itinerary +
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