Like INGOs, parallel summits have a long history. Atthe Hague Peace Conference in 1899, non-governmental groups organised a parallel salon fordiplomats to meet with concerned citizens, variouspetitions with numerous signatures were submittedto the official conference, and an independent activistproduced a daily conference newspaper (Charnovitz1997: 196–7). Likewise, there were internationalcongresses of citizens on issues like peace or laboursolidarity throughout the nineteenth century. Buteven in the 1970s and 1980s these were exceptionalevents. It is only in the 1990s that both internationalgovernmental summits and parallel summits gatheredpace as a normal way of doing politics. Pianta showsin Chapter 7 that parallel summits increased fromaround two a year in the period 1988–91 to over 30a year in the period 2000–1. Participation in theseevents also increased. Around a third involved morethan 10,000 people and several involved tens of thousands, especially in 2000 and 2001. INGOs playan important role in the coordination of parallelsummits but, as Pianta shows, there are manydifferent types of groups and individuals alsoinvolved.Our chronology of global civil society events coversthe decade 1990–9 and we have a more detailedchronology for the year 2000 which we will bring upto date every year. Covering the past from the pointof view of global civil society is difficult becauseglobal civil society events are much less well reported
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Figure 1.1:Membership growth in INGOs,* 1990-2000
Table 1.1:Links between INGOs and IGOs*
Total orgs. citedas having linkswith others**Total citationsAverage citationsper org.
* International governmental organisations** See Table R21 for further information.
©Union of International Associations (1990; 2000),presenting data collected in 1989 and 1999 respectively. Datahave been restructured from more comprehensive countryand organisation coverage in the Union of InternationalAssociations
Yearbook of International Organizations.*
International non-governmental organisations.
©Union of International Associations (1990; 2000), presenting data collected in 1989 and 1999 respectively. See table R20for fuller information. Data have been restructured from more comprehensive country and organisation coverage in the Unionof International Associations
Yearbook of International Organizations.