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GCAP Newsletter April 2017

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Dear Colleagues,

It is encouraging to see the great energy and the many activities on the SDGs and the Agenda 2030. This UN Agenda is not a far-fetched idea which only exists on paper. Many different actors are working on the great transformation – from women’s organisations to scientists and corporate actors. The involvement of many active young people is even more refreshing. This is an agenda of the people.

 

GCAP Global Co-Chair Becki Malay speaking at the Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development in Bonn, Germany

GCAP Global Council Meeting in Bonn, Germany from the 3rd- 5th of March 2017

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The GCAP Global Council met in Bonn, Germany from the 3rd- 5th of March 2017. At the meeting plans for the new Inequality Campaign was one main topic of discussion along with general planning process and assessment of the progress of SDG implementation and monitoring.

From left to right: Agustina Carpio, Sow Oumar, Salina Sanou (Co-Chair), Mario Céspedes Avalos, Beckie Malay (Co-Chair), Mohammad ZiaurRehman, Katsuji Imata, Ingo Ritz (Director). Missing: Riccardo Moro (Co-Chair) and Farah Nazeer.

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GCAP Newsletter 2017

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Dear Colleagues,                                        

 
GCAP wishes you peace and hope for 2017!
 
What the year 2017 will be? After what happened in 2016, there is a lot of fear. In 2016 we were shocked by the killings of Berta Cáceres in Honduras in March and of Jo Cox in the UK in June. Many of us knew this two wonderful women fighting for justice and rights

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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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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CSO open letter to Vice-President Timmermans on the 2030 Agenda

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

 

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Dear First Vice-President Timmermans, We, European Civil Society Organisations working on both international and domestic EU policies across a variety of sectors ranging from Youth, Sustainability, Social Justice, Fair Trade, International cooperation, Health, Culture, Environment, Gender Equality, Migration, Climate Change, Local Democracy, Human Rights and Media Development, are writing to you in your capacity as Vice-President of the European Commission, mandated with the horizontal responsibility for sustainable development.

At the UN Summit in New York taking place from 25-27 of September, Heads of State and Government will adopt the universal, people- and planet-centered 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (‘Agenda 2030’). As European civil society, we now expect the EU to match the ambition of this Agenda with a clear EU implementation strategy, which reflects the integrated, interlinked and comprehensive nature of the Agenda, in order to ensure well-being for all within planetary boundaries.

We welcome the mapping exercise that you have initiated within the Commission to analyse where the EU has appropriate policies in place to implement Agenda 2030 and where there are gaps. This exercise is a first important step in order to elaborate an EU strategy to implement Agenda 2030. The EU strategy must build on your mapping exercise and cover all Goals and targets of the Agenda.

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