/R E P E A T -- CIVICUS World Assembly in Montreal in 2009 and 2010 - INM selected to organize the most important world gathering on citizen participation/

    MONTREAL, Sept. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM) has
been selected to organize the most important world gathering on citizen
participation which will be held at the Palais des congrès in Montreal,
28-31 August 2009, as well as the following year. INM also has the mandate of
organizing the event in 2011 and is currently considering the possibility of
having it in a Francophone developing country.
    Indeed, INM and Montreal have been selected by CIVICUS, an international
movement whose head office is located in Johannesburg, South Africa, to
convene the 9th and 10th World Assemblies of this organization active in over
100 countries. Thanks to INM's expertise and reputation, Montreal was
preferred to important European cities, also competing to host this major
    CIVICUS is an international alliance of members and partners which
constitute a network of organizations at the local, national, regional and
international levels. These organizations are trade unions, faith-based
networks, professional associations, NGOs, capacity development organizations,
businesses and philanthropic foundations or other funding bodies. Since its
inception in 1993, CIVICUS has worked to strengthen citizen action and civil
society throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory
democracy and citizens' freedom of association are threatened. Kumi Naidoo,
the honorary president of CIVICUS, was a young active leader in the
anti-apartheid struggle and, at Nelson Mandela's side, played a part in the
advent of democracy in South Africa. He also played an important part at the
side of singer Bono in the Make Poverty History campaign, the largest
worldwide movement that struggles against poverty. Since June, 2008, Ingrid
Srinath is the new CIVICUS secretary general.
    The CIVICUS World Assembly provides civil society practitioners,
researchers, activists, business executives and representatives of development
agencies with a great opportunity to get together in order to learn, create
relational networks and forge alliances. The last CIVICUS World Assembly was
held last June in Glasgow, Scotland.
    Among other things, CIVICUS chose Montreal for its Francophone nature,
the population's enthusiasm and social commitment, not to mention the fact
that the city is a bridge between Europe and America. But it is especially the
expertise of the Institut du Nouveau Monde in organizing large-scale citizen
events and, in particular, the ability INM has to mobilize young people that
led to the choice of the Québécois metropolis for the next two CIVICUS World
Assemblies. For the past five years, INM has organized the Ecole d'été (Summer
School), a great gathering of young people from all horizons, coming from
Quebec and abroad, who are interested in reflecting on the future of society.
More than a thousand young people between the ages of 15 and 35 participated
in the 2008 edition of the Summer School that was held in Quebec City last
    The CIVICUS World Assembly in 2009 will be held on the same week as INM's
Summer School. Furthermore, the institute will take advantage of the World
Assembly to present the first edition of an event intended for the general
public, the Citizen Action and Politically-Committed Arts Festival. Outdoors
and under large tents, people will be able to attend politically-committed
shows (humour, music and other performances), conferences of international
calibre and participate in the renewal of ideas via a vast collective
brainstorming on the theme of the future. Delegates of the World Assembly will
greatly benefit from the Citizen Action and Politically-Committed Arts
Festival and from the Summer School and, contribute to these events while
highlighting the achievements of the Québécois civil society in terms of
citizen participation.

    Ingrid Srinath, Anabel Cruz and Michel Venne are available for interviews

For further information:

For further information: Roch Bilodeau, 1-866-618-7537; Source: Institut
du Nouveau Monde

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