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GCAP Statement on the ‘International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – 17 October’

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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. 

Nobel Peace Prize

The 2017 Nobel Prize has been awarded to Juan Manuel Santos.

For GCAP this is a relevant choice.  We consider commitment for peace and justice as fundamental and inseparable. Fighting poverty and inequalities means to be engaged in a non-violent struggle, looking stubbornly for the dialogue with ‘the other’ rather than for his death.

Every reconciliation process, no matter how difficult, tiring and imperfect, has to be warmly welcomed and supported. 

GCAP looks with concern to the result of the Referendum in Colombia, and hopes that peace progress wouldn’t be harmed.  Durable justice can be built only through dialogue, meeting and walking together.

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The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

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The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) ended last Wednesday (20.07.16) after eight days. The last three days was the ministerial part where 22 countries persented their national reviews.

The new GCAP strategy and governance documents and a letter from your Co- Chairs

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Dear GCAP National Coalitions, 
Dear GCAP Constituancy groups,
Dear friends,

Vice - President Timmermans RE: 2030 AGENDA

To the attention of: First Vice President Frans Timmermans

This response by civil society organisations to First Vice President Frans Timmermans is supporeted by EU based networks and organisations working in areas such as environment, development, accountability, governance, equality, culture, public health, poverty eradication, social inclusion, human rights, agriculture, animal rights, policy coherence for sustainable development, global economic justice, global citizenship education, life long learning, youth etc.

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Climate Change Is Already Here: A Letter From Kampala

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Dear Pope Francis,

Kampala is abuzz. Thank you for visiting Uganda! The presidential election season is underway and we have been busy sprucing up the city ahead of your trip here ten days ago. The city's residents have been conducting charity walks, renovating and buying commemorative rosaries from Rome. Workers are re-roofing The Martyr's Shrine, building a new arena and have put the finishing touches on an exhibition hall honouring Christian martyrs who were executed by the king in the late 1800s.

Your visit to Uganda, just before the COP21 climate negotiations started in Paris, came at a crucial time, though, both for our country and the world. You see, the dangerous impacts of climate change have already hit Uganda.

In the northern part of the country, a drought hurt farmers again this year, devastating harvests and creating food shortages. More than 600,000 people need food aid; 17 people starved to death in September alone, according to government statistics.

Then, while we were preparing for your visit, the El Nino rains arrived, upending the agricultural calendar and bringing with them an outbreak of cholera. The Ministry of Health warns that bilharzia and typhoid may not be far behind. The country is bracing for landslides; more than 100,000 Ugandas are at risk, particularly people living in slums. Here in Kampala, floods have already become an everyday occurrence.

The floods are made worse by greed and our own human actions. Construction projects -- some legal, some not -- impede the flow of water and alter the wetland systems that should provide drainage, while so-called 'investors' erect huge concrete shopping malls all over the city.

GCAP's plans for COP 21 in Paris

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GCAP presence in Paris at the COP21

GCAP will be present throughout the COP and we will offer workshops, have strategic meetings and network with other networks and new potential partners for the 2015. Different GCAP representatives will attend the COP negotiations in different capacities and be present throughout the negotiations.

International Civil Society Call to Address Inequalities and Social Justice in Climate Policy

October - November 2015

SUMMARY

Socioeconomic inequality is an integral part of the climate crisis, and must be addressed. Climate change disproportionately impacts poor and marginalized people and communities, who suffer climate impacts more severely, do not have the resources to respond or adapt, and lack the resources and influence to demand necessary changes. Climate change particularly impacts women and girls. Climate change is also a factor in the migration crisis. Climate change hurts the poor or marginalized more than the rich, compounding existing inequalities.

Inequality is a key driver of the climate crisis. Inequality lies at the root of unsustainable behaviors. Inequality makes it socially acceptable for some people to have far more than others, and ties consumption to social status, promoting over-consumption. Our economic system also drives the climate crisis, as growth, short-term incentives and profit motives systematically contradict sustainability.

Inequalities, both within and among nations, block agreements and pathways that could lead to sustainability. Within nations, socioeconomic inequalities reduce cultural diversity, depriving societies of potential models for more sustainable ways of life. Overwhelmed with problems caused by inequalities, societies cannot turn their energy towards the transition to sustainability. Between communities and nations who do not share common interests and responsibilities, agreement to address climate change is unlikely to be found. Socioeconomic inequality, by eroding trust and creating social fragmentation, blocks cooperation and joint problem-solving.