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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. 

In a Time of Ebola, Lobbying for Action on Poverty

GCAP Liberia and a coalition of civil society leaders - representing women, youth, elderly, the disabled and democracy advocates - met with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in September to emphasise the urgency of achieving the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 and adopting a transformative Post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

The meeting took place against the backdrop of the Ebola virus, which was first reported in Liberia in March 2014 and has since claimed some 2500 lives.

"We are aware of the many challenges our President is facing in the fight against the killer Ebola virus and the slow economy growth," notes James Roberts of GCAP Liberia.  "Civil society actors will remain committed and persistent in influencing our President to push harder for a legitimate Post-2015 development agenda that is more inclusive and participatory."

Get Ready to Move in 2015 !

Running, walking, biking, dancing, flying, in rickshaws or on boda bodas . . . we are going to be on the move, throughout 2015, starting in a place of injustice that we will transform with citizen action and concrete demands to governments and global leaders to create a just world for people and planet, now and for future generations.

Over the next few months GCAP National Coalitions and Constituency Groups will be coming together to make plans as part of an exciting new campaign, Global Moves for Justice 2015 - a flexible campaign action that can be adapted to each national and regional context.  (Read on for more details!)

The development of Global Moves for Justice 2015 follows a six month consultation across the GCAP network -- starting with the November 2013 Global Assembly and adoption of the Johannesburg Call to Action, followed by a Campaign Narrative: “15 Solutions for 2015” and finally Five Mobilisation Ideas which were shared with GCAP National Coalitions and Constituency Groups for feedback.

We learned that there is a certain fatigue around “summiteering” style mobilisations focused on events in New York.  GCAP Coalitions want mobilisations to be connected to local issues that are meaningful to people and then connect these to the global processes.  

What does a Global Move for Justice look like? 

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.”

Rio 1992 Connected the Environment and Development, Rio+20 Looks Like Splitting Them Up

Rio De Janeiro - 18 June 2012 - The Rio+20 Summit will fail if it agrees to current proposals, which risk worsening the divide between environment and development efforts, warned anti-poverty and environmental campaigners today.

Post 2015 Discussions in Europe: "Nothing About Us – Without Us”

Top down development never works.

That was the clear message of some 100 activists and development practitioners who gathered recently in Brussels to debate the post-MDG agenda, writes Ingo Ritz.

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