From 4 to 8 December in Suva, Fiji, more than 700 delegates from all around the world gathered at the CIVICUS International Civil Society Week (ICSW) 2017. Under the theme “Our Planet. Our Struggles. Our Future”, ICSW 2017 united various actors from diverse backgrounds towards a common goal, to celebrate the power of citizen action to realize a more just, inclusive and sustainable world. This event highlighted the indispensable role civil society plays in addressing the issues of climate change and social justice. But beyond discussions on the effects of climate change and efforts to mitigate them, the debates during the five days were full and far-reaching, encompassing many of the big global issues from shrinking civic space to unprecedented rise of populist leaders, inequality, conflict and so forth. For the third time, BCSDN has taken active participation in the ICSW, this year by being involved in two different initiatives – the launch of the Global Standard for CSO Accountability and the CIVICUS Monitor workshop on improving research on civic space. Read more here.