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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. 

Justice 2015: A Campaign Narrative for Accountability and Equality

Building on the 2013 GCAP Global Assembly -  with an eye on the formation of a just Post-2015 sustainable development framework - GCAP activists have collaborated on a narrative for a broad-based people's campaign for equality.  

"Justice 2015" proposes 15 Solutions for 2015 to hold governments, international institutions and the private sector to account.  This Campaign Narrative will provide a foundation for GCAP and related civil society actions in the year ahead, including activities that are part of Global Moves for Justice 2015.

"We will campaign for a world where our economies create prosperity for all and not a select few, where extreme income inequality is overcome, governments, people and the private sector respect the rights and dignity of all people and treasure the planet so that it will be habitable for current and future generations," GCAP notes in the introduction to the narrative.

We must address the current context of obscene inequality if the world is to truly eliminate poverty and enable a life of dignity for all. To paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi, 'we have enough for everybody's need, but not enough for everybody's greed'.

Not long ago, Pope Francis built on this theme, noting that “inequality is the root of social ills” and adding that issues of poverty need to be “radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality.”

GCAP's New Leadership!

Acclaimed rights activists from El Salvador, India and Uganda have been elected to serve as co-chairs of GCAP's Global Council and help lead the world's largest civil society network focused on inequality and poverty eradication.

Richard Ssewakiryanga - executive director of a large NGO forum, chairperson of the Uganda Land Alliance and president of the East Africa Civil Society Forum – was elected to his first term as co-chair by acclamation at the GCAP Global Assembly in Johannesburg.

Amitabh Behar, convenor of India's Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, and Marta Benavides, an outspoken advocate for people and planet, were re-elected at the assembly to serve second terms.

Johannesburg Call to Action

THE JOHANNESBURG CALL TO ACTION
12 November 2013

This article contains excerpts from the Johannesburg Call to Action.  You can read the full document in English or Spanish.  Translations are being prepared by GCAP constituents; we'll share the additional language versions as they become available.

Asia Development Alliance

ADA 2013

Representatives from about ten GCAP Asia coalitions participated in the inaugural meeting of the Asia Development Alliance, which has been created to enhance collaboration between civil society platforms across the region.

Participants noted that an Asian narrative of development is urgently needed to shape development conversations and the post-2015 framework.  In addition, several activists noted that this new platform could provide an opportunity to strategise and create common positions in advance of international meetings.

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