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Event: Shaping the Development We Want - Voices from the Global South

Please join GCAP and Wada Na Todo Abhiyan on Monday morning 23 September for an important discussion on the Post-2015 development agenda.  We'll look at recommendations from India and the broader Global South then discuss strategy and an action plan for the next two years.

We have a great lineup of speakers including GCAP co-chair Amitabh Behar, Feminist Task Force global director Rosa Lizarde, Jay Naidoo (GAIN), Paul Okumu (ACP), Paul Quintos (GAIN), Mwangi Waituru (GCAP Kenya and Beyond 2015) and Corinne Woods (UNMC).

More details below.

G20 Verdicts - Civil Society Analysis of the 2013 Summit

While the issue of military action in Syria dominated G20 media coverage, the G20 has also announced policies that will impact people across the globe.  Here's a survey of civil society reactions, including three media releases and a radio interview by GCAP and the Feminist Task Force.

GCAP, FTF and ADA

G20 Update: 2013 Verdict - 3 Key Issues

REACTION TO G20 SUMMIT COMMUNIQUE
MEDIA RELEASE
06 SEPTEMBER 2013 ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
VERDICT ON THE G20 SUMMIT – THREE KEY ISSUES
 
While the issue of military action in Syria has dominated G20 media coverage, the G20 has also announced policies – like a major tax avoidance initiative - that will impact people across the globe.

G20 Update: Russian Finance Minister Mocks Women

MEDIA RELEASE: "OLD BOYS NETWORK" STILL AT WORK AT G20
 
At the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov joked towards the end of a briefing on Financial Inclusion that “women consume a lot, so they need help with their financial management". At a summit where women are largely absent – and where the communiques hardly mention gender – Siluanov’s quip is
insightful.
 
Representation
 
The G20 – a self-selected club that calls itself the ‘world’s premiere forum for international economic cooperation’ – proudly notes that G20 countries represent 2/3 of the world’s population and 90% of global GDP.

G20 Update: Syria

Leaders from the world's richest countries traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia for the 2013 G20 Leaders Summit to discuss quantitative easing, tax policies, commodity markets and other financial matters. But the question of possible US military strikes against Syria overshadowed the meetings.

GCAP and the Feminist Task Force have issued a media release on the issue with several main points:

1.  Don't bomb Syria.  

2.  G20 countries and the United Nations must address the humanitarian crisis.  Over four million families have been displaced from their homes and 110,000 have died from conflict since the uprising against Syria's dictatorship started two and a half years ago.

3.  A political solution is needed.  And the G193 (the UN) is the proper forum to address this.

4.  Those responsible for using chemical weapons should be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court.

Post 2015 - A View from 39 Countries

“The economy is growing, but poverty is increasing. Clearly, we need to change the way we define progress.” ~ Nigeria

“The most disadvantaged have seen few or no improvements and the disparities between them and others have only increased.” ~ Finland

“So far, we haven’t heard any information about the government of China’s positions on the Post-2015 process. A key challenge is the block of related government information and lack of formal public participation channels.” ~ China

Read more below or download the report now.

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A Message for the G20's Five Asian Members

The constituents of GCAP Asia and the Asia Development Alliance have sent a clear message to the five Asian members of the G20:  it's time to step up to ensure that equality and equity are pillars of growth and development and that corruption has no place in our nations or communities.  The joint letter, which was drafted at the G20 Civil Summit, is being presented to political leaders and the G20 'sherpas' (government negotiators) from China, India, Indonesia, Korea and Japan.

GCAP Asia and the ADA at the G20 Civil Summit