The Citizens' Global Platform
During Helsinki Process a considerable network of
cross-sectoral organizations in Tanzania, Brazil, India and Finland was
created. It has brought in new actors, paying special attention to marginalized
voices, thus strengthening the voice of civil society in the discourse on globalization,
and channeling its views into the inter-governmental Helsinki Process and other
global processes. It has enabled a dialogue between grassroots and
international civil society activists, as well as established a North-South
co-operation, while fostering an exchange of views between different
stakeholders, including governments.
As Helsinki Process got to its end, NGOs in Citizens'
Global Platform discussed the future activities in autumn 2007 in Dar es Salaam
where a review conference of Helsinki Process and a NGO conference of CGP took
place. Climate Change and Growth and Development had been the substance of
these networks during the years 2007 and 2008 and especially the combination of
these topics was producing innovative ideas and concrete future
At the same time the long lasting theme of Citizens'
Global Platform -Marginalized voices- seemed to be very accurate. The civil
society has a strong role in United Nation's decision making in theory. Control
and monitoring of the processes is expected to be done by civil society and
civil society organizations. However, there is a lack of collaboration between
UN, member states and their civil society, and in many cases civil society
organisations do not have a possibility to present their views neither in
national, nor in international level. Out of these ideas the very first idea of
a new project was established.
Starting from the beginning of 2009, the three year
programme Citizens' Global Platform has brought together civil society actors in
Brazil, India, Tanzania and Finland. The CGP focuses on strengthening the
global dialogue on environmental issues and empowering the marginalized groups
in political processes. The project culminates in 2012 in the Rio+20
Conference: preparing for the conference as well as reporting and spreading the
information about climate processes are CGP's two main goals.
It is obvious that a patient ground work has brought the CGP project international visibility and increased its value. The networks are covering a vast range of people and the connections with the participant countries' governments have been successfully established. Many new actors internationally have shown interest to the project and its results.