Citizens Assemblies Around the World

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““People are really appreciative of this. For their whole lives they have been citizens, but they have never been asked to do anything significant to contribute. This feels important.” 

—Marcin Gerwin, an expert on citizens’ assemblies and coordinator of the Gdansk citizens’ assemblies

 

The Citizens’ Reference Panel on Pharmacare advised the Canadian federal government on a national pharmacare program.


The Government of Scotland is convening The Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland in 2020 to advise on the future of Scotland.


The Irish Constitutional Convention examined a range of changes to the constitution, including electoral reform. The success of the Constitutional Convention led to the formation of the Irish Citizens’ Assembly, a two year process which advised the government on climate change, an aging population, same sex marriage and abortion.


A two phase Citizens’ Jury was used to advise the government on the future of nuclear waste storage in Australia.


Iceland’s citizens’ assembly (“constitutional council“) advised the government on a new constitution.

The G1000 in Belgium was the largest citizens’ assembly to date. Due to its success, the special Parliament representing Belgium’s German-speaking community voted to form a permanent citizens’ assembly.


The Citizens’ Assembly on Social Care was commissioned by the UK Parliament to examine long term funding models for adult social care. Their report strongly influenced the work of the Housing, Communities and Local Government and Health and Social Care Select Committee.

The city Gdansk, Poland has convened citizens’ assemblies on flood mitigation, air pollution, civic engagement and the treatment of LGTB people.