The project of the World Civil Society Forum was initially
conceived during the Millennium Forum on UN reforms (May 2000, New York).
Several principles have been adopted during the preparatory
process of the World Civil Society Forum:
- The Forum will strive to ensure an open space for open
and constructive dialogue that allows identification of common interests and
a cooperative search for solutions.
- The Forum will try to ensure as much participation as
possible from organizations from developing and in transition countries.
- The Forum will engage as often as possible in its
discussions, the different actors concerned, notably international
organizations and the relevant civil society organizations.
- The Forum will give priority to trans-sectoral subjects
that link several areas of activity and can provoke new axes of cooperation.
- The Forum will be participatory and democratic. It will
regularly inform and consult with the member organizations throughout the
- In as much as its resources allow, the Forum will try to
translate documents and debates into at least English, French, and Spanish.
- The Forum will give precedence to the search for
concrete, effective solutions.
- The Forum will open a space for dialogue and reflection
on the relationship between civil society, the media, governments and the
- The Forum will work with full respect for cultural