Civil Society

A robust civil society comprised of individuals, non-governmental organizations, and corporations plays an increasingly important role in shaping events around the world. The United States recognizes the pivotal role played by civil society throughout its own history and believes that a freely functioning civil society is necessary to achieving democratic governance and broad-based prosperity. The U.S. Government consistently affirms the importance of civil society in bilateral dialogues and also engages on this issue multilaterally, including our successful efforts at the United Nations to establish a Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association. The United States engages directly with civil society to identify areas of collaboration or concern, and provides financial support for civil society and democratic growth through a variety of programs.

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