This article contains excerpts from the Johannesburg Call to Action. You can read the full document here. Translations are being prepared by GCAP constituents; we'll share the additional language versions as they become available.
Speaking at the The World We Want People's Voices Series in New York on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, GCAP co-chair Marta Benavides called on all members of society to “work together to create the community of peoples and nations that we need.”
But first, she argued, the peoples of the North and South must recognise that modern poverty is rooted in the history of colonialism and exploitation.
“We need to decolonise the processes . . . I don't want a better world,” Benavides argues, “I want a different world order, but that can only happen if we have the Economic, Social and Cultural rights of people. People have dignity. We are not asking for handouts.”
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.