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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.”

Japanese students "stand up" to "Leave No One Behind".  More than 26,000 Japanese are expected to join the global month of mobilisation.

GCAP Japan President Naoko Tsuyama, along with academics and other civil society representatives working on international development, disability and the environment, met Japan's Parliamentary Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Toshiko Abe, to present her with five recommendations for the Post-2015 development agenda, ahead of the UN MDGs Special Event on 25 September 2013:

1.  Achieve Zero Absolute Poverty and Hunger

2.  Realise a world without disparity and inequality

3.  Pass on a better world to future generations (by adopting a more sustainable economic and development model)

4.  Have targets that create a transparent and democratic process, so that governments, the private sector and civil society can all fulfill their roles and responsibilities

5.  Shared financial responsibility to achieve targets, including international solidarity levies, int'l tax regulations, reduced military spending to finance development and achieving the 0.7% ODA target.

These recommendations were developed through a national consultation process, organised by GCAP Japan from February to May. Local civil society organisations, religious groups, trade unions and private sector representatives participated in the consultations.

Sixty-seven organisations – including the Scout Association of Japan, Girl Scouts of Japan and the Japan Committee of the World Conference of Religions for Peace Japan Committee (WCRP-JC) – signed the five recommendations.

Abe, who has served in Parliament since 2005 and joined the Cabinet in late 2012, noted the importance of collaboration between government and civil society and raised three points in this meeting with civil society representatives:

1. She asked representatives of Japanese people with disability to attend the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, which will be held in Japan in 2015.

2. She emphasized the importance of wealth redistribution through social protection and welfare. Citing Universal Health Coverage as an example of redistribution, she said that finding concrete measures of redistribution is an urgent issue.

3. She asked representatives of civil society to collaborate with universities to develop human resources for international development.

Abe's remarks were well-recieved by GCAP Japan and other participants at the meeting.

Meawhile, across Japan, students, workers and other supporters of the movement to eradicate poverty have been 'Standing Up” in support of the Leave No One Behind global month of mobilisation. More than 26,000 people in Japan participated in Stand Up in 2012; organisers are expecting even more engagement this year.  You can check out more photos in this section of standup2015.jp.

GCAP Japan President Naoko Tsuyama presents Post-2015 recommendations to Parliamentary Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshiko Abe

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