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GCAP Newsletter April 2017

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Dear Colleagues,

It is encouraging to see the great energy and the many activities on the SDGs and the Agenda 2030. This UN Agenda is not a far-fetched idea which only exists on paper. Many different actors are working on the great transformation – from women’s organisations to scientists and corporate actors. The involvement of many active young people is even more refreshing. This is an agenda of the people.

 

GCAP Global Co-Chair Becki Malay speaking at the Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development in Bonn, Germany

NGO Mayor Group Official Position Paper for the 2017 High-­Level Political Forum

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This positing paper of the Non‐Governmental Organizations (NGO) Major Group is the official position paper for the 2017 High-­‐Level Political Forum.

GCAP has been particularly involvd in leading the process and content on SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

The High-level Political Forum, United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. This positing paper is an important document for NGOs in articulating their demands and expectations. Click on the image to accss the positing paper or click here.

 

GCAP Global Council Meeting in Bonn, Germany from the 3rd- 5th of March 2017

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The GCAP Global Council met in Bonn, Germany from the 3rd- 5th of March 2017. At the meeting plans for the new Inequality Campaign was one main topic of discussion along with general planning process and assessment of the progress of SDG implementation and monitoring.

From left to right: Agustina Carpio, Sow Oumar, Salina Sanou (Co-Chair), Mario Céspedes Avalos, Beckie Malay (Co-Chair), Mohammad ZiaurRehman, Katsuji Imata, Ingo Ritz (Director). Missing: Riccardo Moro (Co-Chair) and Farah Nazeer.

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GCAP Statement on the ‘International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – 17 October’

The ‘International Day for the Eradication of Poverty’ is very important for GCAP as it aligns with our global strategy and objective. The new GCAP with a renewed mandate commits itself to work towards not only eradicating poverty but to also fight rising inequality with new vigour and commitment.The presence of poverty, insecurity and inequalities continues to be a scandal in a world where knowledge and resources exist to ensure healthy and dignified lives for all.  While a few consume in an extremely unsustainable manner and accumulate soaring wealth, billions of others have no access to adequate food, safe drinking water, proper sanitation, housing, health, education, security and justice.Women, children and socially excluded people still comprise the vast majority of people living in poverty and face harsh discrimination - and often violence - on a daily basis.  It is also worrying that women lack economic empowerment and social protection and continue to live in a context that places them in a situation of vulnerability to violence patriarchy both in home and in society. Furthermore, today, marginalization is seen everywhere – from the poorest to the richest countries. Large-scale migration, displacements and the sharp increase in the number of refugees - resulting from poverty, conflicts and environmental degradation - is an alarming result of these trends. 

Nobel Peace Prize

The 2017 Nobel Prize has been awarded to Juan Manuel Santos.

For GCAP this is a relevant choice.  We consider commitment for peace and justice as fundamental and inseparable. Fighting poverty and inequalities means to be engaged in a non-violent struggle, looking stubbornly for the dialogue with ‘the other’ rather than for his death.

Every reconciliation process, no matter how difficult, tiring and imperfect, has to be warmly welcomed and supported. 

GCAP looks with concern to the result of the Referendum in Colombia, and hopes that peace progress wouldn’t be harmed.  Durable justice can be built only through dialogue, meeting and walking together.

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Chers collègues,

Il est encourageant de voir la grande énergie et les nombreuses activités pour les ODD et l'Agenda 2030.

Ce n'est pas un programme lointain de l'ONU qui existe uniquement sur le papier. Beaucoup d'acteurs travaillent pour sa réalisation en vue de la grande transformation attendue -par des organisations de femmes des scientifiques et les entreprises.

La participation de nombreux jeunes actifs est encore plus rassurante. C'est un agenda pour l’humanité.

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