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Eliminate "Obscene Inequality", GCAP Co-chair Amitabh Behar tells UN

World leaders must address "the current context of obscene inequality" if we are to truly eliminate poverty and create a life of dignity for all, as promised in recent reports by the UN Secretary-General and his High-Level Panel on Post-2015.

This was the key message of GCAP co-chair Amitabh Behar as he addressed the United Nations General Assembly during a 'special event' on the Millennium Development Goals organised by UNGA President John Ashe.

"We have enough for everybody's need, but not for everybody's greed," Behar told UN leaders, while making a reference to a famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi.

This is a video of the entire UN Roundtable session. 
To watch Amitabh Behar's presentation, go to 2hr 39min 45sec into the stream.

'Low Hanging Fruit' is not enough, says GCAP's Task Force on Social Exclusion

Sona Devi has been to school. But she is an exception, one of the few 'matriculates' in her three million strong Musahar community. Sona Devi , who lives in a village in the Nawada district of Bihar, India, wanted to continue her education, but odds and barriers did not allow her to continue.

Acute malnutrition is common in Musahar communities and literacy rates are among the lowest in India (less than 10% for women, just 15% for men). The ground water in some villages is contaminated, crippling the inhabitants' bones. Mushahars are socially-excluded Dalits, who live primarily in the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.

Shared Financial Responsibility needed for development, GCAP Japan tells gov't

Ugoku/Ugokasu (GCAP Japan) has urged the Japanese government and other global powers to work quickly to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and create a Post-2015 development framework – based on human rights and human security – so that every person can live with dignity in a just world without poverty.

“We need a strong and visionary leadership that will provide hope to all and bring about global solidarity to tackle global issues,” Ugoku/Ugokasu notes in a statement presented to the Japanese government. “The Post-2015 process provides the best opportunity to show this kind of leadership.”

Events: GCAP at the UN - Overview

Government and civil society delegates are converging on New York this week for a series of key events related to the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 development agenda.

GCAP and our partners will be there to raise the voices of impoverished communities and the global South. The world is at a crossroads and we need to ensure that we take the path of social justice, women's rights, peace and human security and respect for planetary boundaries. Here's an overview of where to find us:

Event: Asian Voices for the World We Want

Asian CSO Perspectives
and Strategies at the UN General Assembly

Please join GCAP, the Asia Development Alliance (ADA) and LDC Watch on SUNDAY 22 September from 6 - 8:30pm at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City (45 East 45th Street).

The Post 2015 Development Agenda provides an opportunity and challenges to CSOs in Asia to empower people living in poverty and insecurity to claim their human rights including the Right to Development. This Roundtable Discussion will assess the deliberations within the UN on the Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 development framework leading up to the UN General Assembly and come up with common action strategies based on the ADA statements on Post-2015 development agenda.

Event: Civil Society Voices on Post-2015

Please join GCAP and our partners – Beyond 2015, CIVICUS and IFP – as we highlight Civil Society Voices on Post-2015: Messages from the National Level on Monday 23 September at 1:15 pm at the UN.

Event: Addressing the Disability Disconnect

CGCAP is proud to co-sponsor an event organised by Disabled People's International entitled "Eradicating Extreme Poverty: Addressing the Disability Disconnect".

Please join us on Monday 23 September from 11:00 - 12:30 in the Secretariat Building at the UN Headquarters (S-2726+2727).

Background

Governments and individuals alike must focus attention on marginalised communities like people with disabilities, if we are truly going to "Leave No One Behind".

Event: Shaping the Development We Want - Voices from the Global South

Please join GCAP and Wada Na Todo Abhiyan on Monday morning 23 September for an important discussion on the Post-2015 development agenda.  We'll look at recommendations from India and the broader Global South then discuss strategy and an action plan for the next two years.

We have a great lineup of speakers including GCAP co-chair Amitabh Behar, Feminist Task Force global director Rosa Lizarde, Jay Naidoo (GAIN), Paul Okumu (ACP), Paul Quintos (GAIN), Mwangi Waituru (GCAP Kenya and Beyond 2015) and Corinne Woods (UNMC).

More details below.