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El Salvador: Climate Action

As activists prepare for one of the largest climate days in history - some 250,000 people are expected to march in New York on Sunday 21 September - a broad alliance of organisations and GCAP constituents including youth and indigenous people are holding a Celebration of Sustainability in El Salvador's second largest city, Santa Ana.

This festival of solidarity will focus on creativity, invention and innovation in the areas of food sovereignty, natural medicine, folk arts and ecological tools like energy-saving stoves and solar energy.

iMove events in Asia: Cambodia, India, Korea and Philippines

To mark the 500 day deadline to meet the Millennium Development Goals and adopt a new global Post-2015 agenda, GCAP constituents across Asia gathered in person and online to launch 'iMove for Justice, Peace and Equality', a campaign demanding that leaders at all levels uphold human rights and implement policies that are just, sustainable and transformative.  (Read on to see photos and media coverage.)
 
In the Philippines, a coalition of civil society organisations highlighted the widening wealth gap amidst growing numbers of landless, homeless, malnourished, uneducated, unemployed and sick people in the country.  
 
Youth Ki Awaaz anchored a 12-hour tweet-a-thon in India, 90 minutes focused on each MDG.

Moving for Peace & Justice amidst Violence & Insecurity: This is our life in Afghanistan

By Raz Dalili

On an otherwise ordinary Tuesday in early January, an Afghani man in his mid-30s was in the courtyard outside his house in the eastern part of the country, towards the border with Iran. He heard fighting far away, but his village seemed calm. Then, a mortar flew over his walls and exploded.

"It destroyed my house and wounded 11 members of my family," he later told told an interviewer from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Four of his children were seriously injured.

Peace and security are not abstract concepts in my country. Every day, every single day, people are killed and maimed, homes destroyed, livelihoods ruined by this war that does not end.

During the first six months of the year, the UN documented 4,853 civilian casualites, including more than 1560 deaths. The UN mid-year report notes that this is a 24% increase from a year earlier. But statistics do not convey the impact that insecurity and fear have on our lives.

Let me share with you two more stories.

iMove for Justice, Peace and Equality

New Asian Campaign Starts Now

MEDIA RELEASE

With just 500 days until the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals and the start of a proposed new global framework to end poverty, the Action/2015 Asia platform is launching a series of interlinked public actions called "i Move Against Injustice, Inequality and Insecurity" to demand that local and global leaders deliver on promises to uphold the rights of every woman, man and child on the planet.

action/2015 Asia

In the middle of a coup d'etat, representatives from GCAP Asia and the Asia Development Alliance (ADA) met in Thailand to form a broad and inclusive platform called action/2015 Asia to inspire and mobilise individuals, organisations, social movements and others across the continent.

The goal: nothing short of achieving a just and sustainable world.

action/2015 Asia -- which is aligned with GCAP's Global Moves for Justice as well as the global action/2015 campaign -- will amplify the voices and aspirations of Asians to influence governments, businesses, institutions as well as the Post-2015 sustainable development agenda and international climate negotiations. (Read more.)

Post-2015 Cambodia: A Call for Meaningful Civil Society Participation

Like many countries within the GCAP network, there's a sense in Cambodia that the government is happy to collaborate with civil society when it provides humanitarian assistance and direct services (which are actually the government's responsibility). But when it comes to advocating for new policies, standing up for human rights or playing a watchdog role, it's a different story.

CSOs working in these areas are often "intimidated, warned and even attached with opposition parties and criminal cases," according to one Cambodian activist.  (Read more about GCAP Cambodia's work on this issue.)

Global Forum on Disability

ONE BILLION PEOPLE have disabilities.

800 MILLION are in the Global South.

20% of the 'poorest of the poor' are differently-abled people.

We must address the rights of everyone.

GCAP is proud to be part of the

1st Global Forum on Disability: Voice of our Own.

Read more about it in the Global Accessibility News.

Holding Mining Companies Accountable

Contamination of food and water, forced labour, cancer and lung disease, environmental degradation, armed conflict . . . the list of human rights violations caused by the extractive industries is long and unacceptable.

The Post-2015 sustainable development agenda must transform resource extraction, the violence it causes and the development model that promotes it, writes Kathryn Tobin of the Mining Working Group at the UN (MWG), a civil society coalition working in 27 countries.

But how should a country or community determine whether a new extraction project should be allowed to go ahead?

To answer this question, the MWG has developed a Rights-Based Litmus Test for policy-makers – based on states' international obligations – which has four basic principles: