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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. 

From Dhaka to the World: A Challenge to Leave Poverty Behind

By Michael Switow

Speaking at a meeting of parliamentarians and civil society activists in Dhaka, Bangladesh, GCAP co-chair Amitabh Behar has challenged anti-poverty campaigners to think beyond the Millennium Development Goals and to actively place the world's most marginalised at the centre of any development conversation.

"Are we OK to just add a couple more goals to the MDGs?" Behar asked an audience of parliamentarians, activists and development partners from some twenty central and south Asian countries from Bhutan to Tajikistan. "Do we want to just simply tweak the MDGs or extend the goals for another 3 -5 years?"

GCAP Singapore Joins Hands With the Peace Boat Global Voyage to End Poverty

Peace Boat embarks on 100 day voyage to promote The MDGS and The World We Want

GCAP Uganda Meeting With Presidential Advisor Underscores Need For National Food Realization Plan

Over 80 representatives of civil society organizations and government agencies met at Barifa Camp in Arua District, over 300km outside of Kampala in Uganda to dialogue on food and nutrition security in the country. 

GCAP India Organizes Civil Society Review of Indian Government

24 June, New Delhi

Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA organised a Civil Society Review of the 2nd year of UPA-II on 23rd and 24th June 2011 at Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, New Delhi to evaluate the performance of UPA-2 government over the past one year.

A Report Card was released by Shri A.B. Bardhan, General Secretary, CPI  and Nikhil Dey, (MKSS) on 23rd June in the Inaugural session.

Aid Groups Urge Japan Not to Cut ODA Budget Following March Disaster

TOKYO - Aid groups urged Japan on Wednesday not to cut its official development assistance budget, following Tokyo’s decision to slash around 10 percent of foreign aid allocations for fiscal 2011 from the initial plan to raise funds for reconstruction after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Representatives of the aid groups, who will attend a conference in Tokyo from Thursday on implementing the U.N. Millennium Development Goals on poverty reduction, called on Japan to maintain its efforts to help poor nations while pursuing its own recovery.

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