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Open letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

SDG Watch Europe, an alliance of 70 organisations including GCAP, the Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Plan International, has today (6 June) written to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker calling for him to adopt, as a matter of urgency, an overarching strategy to guide implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Plese find the text of the letter below. The full letter with all signatories can be downloaded here.

Dear President Juncker,

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 was a major global achievement and the EU can rightly be proud of the part it played. SDG Watch Europe – a new, European cross-ectoral civil society alliance set up to monitor the implementation of the Agenda - was glad to see a commitment to implement the 2030 Agenda included in the 2016 Commission Work Programme, entitled

‘No Time for Business as Usual’.

Europe must lead by example and truly move beyond ‘business as usual’ if it is to respond to the 2030 Agenda’s call for transformative change. To do so, the EU must boldly and coherently implement the whole 2030 Agenda – both internally and externally. However, it is now almost a year since the 2030 Agenda was agreed and there has been extremely little progress at EU level. We note that the external dimension of implementation is beginning to move forward through the work of Commissioner Mimica and HRVP Mogherini.

GCAP Germany: "The Right to Food should not be a game of chance"

As the European Union debates a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) whose impact will be felt across the globe, GCAP Germany has presented its government with a petition calling on the EU to enshrine the Right to Food in its policies.

More than 14,000 people signed the petition, which was presented to German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner.

"Europe's agricultural subsidies and export policies undercut local products – particularly of milk and meat -- in other countries, depriving farmers and traders in Africa and elsewhere of their livelihoods," says Anke Scheid of GCAP's German national coalition, Deine Stimme Gegen Armut which means "Your Voice Against Poverty".

GCAP Germany presents Right to Food petition


On the weekend of 16-18 October 2009, the anti-poverty movement will organise a national local lobby of Members of Parliament and Parliamentary candidates, calling for the inclusion of the demands in the BOND Manifesto in to political parties' policies, as others join with people across the world by Standing Up Against Poverty.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Stopoverty! In collaboration with its partners would like to mark again this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. To celebrate this date Stopoverty, in collaboration with various organizations, several events are being organised.


On Sunday, September 27th 2009 there will be a Federal Election in Germany.
Following the election, the parties will begin with coalition negotiations designed to form the new Government. Thereafter, parliamentarians of the Bundestag will elect a new chancellor.
The outcome of the election will be crucial for the design of German development policies in the upcoming four years.
GCAP Germany (“Deine Stimme gegen Armut”) is working hard to bring development issues and MDGs to the public agenda.


A great step forward for climate justice.