On 21 June, BCSDN organized a regional conference titled “The Role of CSOs in Promoting Civic Space”, in Skopje, Macedonia. Gathering more than 40 CSO representatives from Macedonia, the Western Balkans and Europe, the conference aimed at discussing ways for promoting civic space and fostering enabling environment for civil society. As a keynote speaker, Danny Sivaguru Sriskandarajah, CIVICUS Secretary General, provided the global perspective with the issue of shrinking civic space, pinpointing to reasons for a difficult enabling environment, while also presenting CIVICUS Monitor – the first ever online tool to track and compare civic freedoms on a global scale. he following discussions were organized into three panel sessions focusing on exchange of good practices for monitoring and advocacy, improving accountability, and enhancing cooperation within the sector. More information is available here.