The role of civil society in international governance is increasing in impact and importance. Consultation of civil society it is fundamental to the development of international democratic governance and the realization of legitimate and sound international decisions. However, there is a lack of a formal mechanism for the inclusion of civil society in certain overarching international deliberations. The current ad hoc nature of providing for civil society voice in international governance settings conjures up questions of representation, transparency and accountability. This project seeks to address this significant democratic and effectiveness deficit. The project will examine the development of a ‘venue’, (e.g., vehicle, institution or process) to clarify, amplify, articulate and channel the! voice of civil society in international cross portfolio governance settings, such as summits. The project will employ a collaborative process to determine a blueprint or implementation plan for the suggested ‘venue’ or mechanism, with the purpose of increasing representation in both civil society and international government organization (IGO) deliberations, and facilitating increased accountability, transparency and legitimacy of governance decisions.

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