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GCAP News http://www.whiteband.org/en/news en HLPF side event http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/17-07-11-hlpf-side-event <p>Join our side event on <a class="twitter-hashtag pretty-link js-nav" data-query-source="hashtag_click" dir="ltr" href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SDG1?src=hash">SDG1</a> and <a class="twitter-hashtag pretty-link js-nav" data-query-source="hashtag_click" dir="ltr" href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Inequality?src=hash">Inequality.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;Register here: <a class="twitter-timeline-link" data-expanded-url="https://goo.gl/iSu2sc" dir="ltr" href="https://t.co/wyvmH9Xldz" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" title="https://goo.gl/iSu2sc">https://goo.gl/iSu2sc&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://whiteband.org/sites/default/files/HLPF side event.png"><img alt="" src="http://whiteband.org/sites/default/files/HLPF side event.png" width="443" height="520" /></a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/17-07-11-hlpf-side-event#comments News Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:28:53 +0000 Contributor 13817 at http://www.whiteband.org 6th Scenario - A sustainable Europe for its Citizens http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/17-07-04-6th-scenario-sustainable-europe-its-citizens <p><img alt="Banner of hte 6th Scenario" height="191" src="http://whiteband.org/sites/default/files/6th Scenario.png" width="397" /></p> <p>Why and how?</p> <p> In a scenario where sustainability sits firmly at the heart of the European project,the EU27 will prioritise the interests of citizens, in the EU and beyond. Europe will have a strong focus on Europe&rsquo;s core social values<br /> &ndash; democracy and participation, social justice, solidarity and sustainability, respect for the rule of law and human rights, both within Europe and around the globe.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/17-07-04-6th-scenario-sustainable-europe-its-citizens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/17-07-04-6th-scenario-sustainable-europe-its-citizens#comments Blog Tue, 04 Jul 2017 14:07:12 +0000 Contributor 13816 at http://www.whiteband.org NGO Mayor Group Official Position Paper for the 2017 High-­Level Political Forum http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/17-05-04-ngo-mayor-group-official-position-paper-2017-high-%C2%ADlevel-political-forum <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://whiteband.org/sites/default/files/NGO MG Paper for HLPF 2017 - Final final.pdf"><img alt="" src="http://whiteband.org/sites/default/files/NGO Mayor group_0.jpeg" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://whiteband.org/sites/default/files/NGO MG Paper for HLPF 2017 - Final final.pdf">This positing paper</a> of the Non‐Governmental Organizations (NGO) Major Group is the official position paper for the 2017 High-&shy;‐Level Political Forum.</p> <p>GCAP has been particularly involvd in leading the process and content on SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere.</p> <p>The High-level Political Forum, United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. This positing paper is an important document for NGOs in articulating their demands and expectations. Click on the image to accss the positing paper or click <a href="http://whiteband.org/sites/default/files/NGO MG Paper for HLPF 2017 - Final final.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;"> </span></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/17-05-04-ngo-mayor-group-official-position-paper-2017-high-%C2%ADlevel-political-forum#comments Blog Thu, 04 May 2017 13:23:38 +0000 Contributor 13815 at http://www.whiteband.org GCAP Newsletter April 2017 http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/17-03-31-gcap-newsletter-april-2017 <p style="text-align: right;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span class="short_text" lang="es"><span><span class="short_text" id="result_box" lang="fr"><span><a href="http://whiteband.org/en/news/17-03-31-gcap-newsletter-april-2017-espa%C3%B1ol">Espagnol</a> <a href="http://whiteband.org/en/release/17-04-03-amcp-bulletin-avril-2017-francais">Francais</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><font size="2" style="font-size: 11pt">Dear Colleagues,</font></p> <p><font size="2" style="font-size: 11pt">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 &ndash; from women&rsquo;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.</font></p> <pre> <span style="display: none;"> </span></pre><p><span style="font-size: 10px;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"><em><a href="http://whiteband.org/en/news/17-03-31-gcap-newsletter-april-2017"><img alt="" height="278" src="http://whiteband.org/sites/default/files/1.jpg" width="420" /></a> GCAP Global Co-Chair Becki Malay speaking at the Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development<span style="display: none;"> </span> in Bonn, Germany</em></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/17-03-31-gcap-newsletter-april-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/17-03-31-gcap-newsletter-april-2017#comments News Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:02:29 +0000 Contributor 13811 at http://www.whiteband.org GCAP Global Council Meeting in Bonn, Germany from the 3rd- 5th of March 2017 http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/17-03-20-gcap-global-council-meeting-bonn-germany-3rd-5th-march-2017 <p>The GCAP Global Council met in Bonn, Germany from the 3rd- 5th of March 2017. At the meeting plans for <em>the new Inequality Campaign</em> was one main topic of discussion along with general planning process and assessment of the progress of SDG implementation and monitoring.</p> <p><img alt="" height="298" src="http://whiteband.org/sites/default/files/2.png" width="434" /></p> <p>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.</p> <p><img alt="&lt;--break-&gt;" class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="&lt;--break--&gt;" /></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/17-03-20-gcap-global-council-meeting-bonn-germany-3rd-5th-march-2017#comments News Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:09:23 +0000 Contributor 13814 at http://www.whiteband.org GCAP Newsletter 2017 http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/17-03-15-gcap-newsletter-2017 <p><a href="http://whiteband.org/en/news/17-03-15-gcap-newsletter-2017"><img alt="Header" height="120" src="http://whiteband.org/sites/default/files/Newsletter header Jan 2017.png" width="427" /></a><span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span><span class="m_348682002654510076m_-4587268687778138103notranslate"><a href="http://whiteband.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=31164818b477b3512f87feebe&amp;id=c453a97236&amp;e=6db4460421" style="color:#336699;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">Español</span></a><a style="color:#336699;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:underline"><span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);"> </span></a><span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">| </span><a href="http://whiteband.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=31164818b477b3512f87feebe&amp;id=16c1573584&amp;e=6db4460421" style="color:#336699;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">Français </span></a><span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">|</span><span><span class="m_348682002654510076m_-4587268687778138103notranslate"><a href="http://whiteband.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=31164818b477b3512f87feebe&amp;id=4a9d1eb21e&amp;e=6db4460421" style="color:#336699;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">العربية</span></a></span></span></span></span></p> <p>Dear Colleagues,&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<span><span class="m_348682002654510076m_-4587268687778138103notranslate"><a href="http://whiteband.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=31164818b477b3512f87feebe&amp;id=16c1573584&amp;e=6db4460421" style="color:#336699;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"> </a></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;<br /> GCAP wishes you peace and hope for 2017!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 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</p> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-16de97c7-35f0-3346-efe0-e451a0033c12" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> </p><p><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/17-03-15-gcap-newsletter-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/17-03-15-gcap-newsletter-2017#comments News Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:11:05 +0000 13810 at http://www.whiteband.org GCAP Statement on the ‘International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – 17 October’ http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/16-11-01-gcap-statement-%E2%80%98international-day-eradication-poverty-%E2%80%93-17-october%E2%80%99 <p>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.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp;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.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/16-11-01-gcap-statement-%E2%80%98international-day-eradication-poverty-%E2%80%93-17-october%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/16-11-01-gcap-statement-%E2%80%98international-day-eradication-poverty-%E2%80%93-17-october%E2%80%99#comments Blog Global Poverty GCAP India GCAP poverty action/2015 India Tue, 01 Nov 2016 08:25:06 +0000 Contributor 13809 at http://www.whiteband.org Nobel Peace Prize http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/16-10-21-nobel-peace-prize <p style="text-align: justify;">The 2017 Nobel Prize has been awarded to Juan Manuel Santos.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For GCAP this is a relevant choice.&nbsp; 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 &lsquo;the other&rsquo; rather than for his death.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Every reconciliation process, no matter how difficult, tiring and imperfect, has to be warmly welcomed and supported.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">GCAP looks with concern to the result of the Referendum in Colombia, and hopes that peace progress wouldn&rsquo;t be harmed.&nbsp; Durable justice can be built only through dialogue, meeting and walking together.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/16-10-21-nobel-peace-prize"><em style="font-size: 11px;"><b style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><font color="#ff0000"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><span class="il">Français</span>&nbsp;-&nbsp;</span></font></b></em><em style="font-size: 11px;"><b style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><font color="#ff0000"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">Español&nbsp;</span></font></b></em></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/16-10-21-nobel-peace-prize" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/16-10-21-nobel-peace-prize#comments News peace Colombia Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:47:50 +0000 Contributor 13807 at http://www.whiteband.org The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/16-07-28-high-level-political-forum-sustainable-development-hlpf <p>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.<img alt="" height="248" src="http://whiteband.org/sites/default/files/GCAlowRes.jpg" width="444" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/16-07-28-high-level-political-forum-sustainable-development-hlpf" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/16-07-28-high-level-political-forum-sustainable-development-hlpf#comments Blog Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:29:14 +0000 13803 at http://www.whiteband.org GCAP Boletín Abril 2017 - Español http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/17-03-31-gcap-newsletter-april-2017-espa%C3%B1ol <div class="content"> <style type="text/css"> p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; direction: ltr; line-height: 120%; text-align: left; }</style> <p style="text-align: right;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span class="short_text" lang="es"><span><a href="http://whiteband.org/en/release/17-04-03-amcp-bulletin-avril-2017-francais">Francés</a> <a href="http://whiteband.org/en/news/17-03-31-gcap-newsletter-april-2017">Inglés</a></span></span></span></span></p> <style type="text/css"> p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; direction: ltr; line-height: 120%; text-align: left; }</style><p><font color="#000000"><font face="Arial, serif"><font size="3" style="font-size: 11pt"><span style="background: #ffffff">Queridos colegas,&nbsp;</span></font></font></font></p> <p><font color="#000000"><font face="Arial, serif"><font size="3" style="font-size: 11pt"> </font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Arial, serif"><font size="3" style="font-size: 11pt"><span style="background: #ffffff">Es bueno ver la&nbsp;enorme energía y todas las actividades sobre los ODS y la Agenda 2030. Esto no es un programa lejano a la ONU y que solamente se presenta en los papeles. Muchos actores diferentes están trabajando en la gran transformación - desde organizaciones de mujeres, científicos y empresas. La participación de muchos jóvenes que acompañan la causa es aún más alentadora. </span></font></font></font></p> </div><p><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/17-03-31-gcap-newsletter-april-2017-espa%C3%B1ol" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/17-03-31-gcap-newsletter-april-2017-espa%C3%B1ol#comments Blog Fri, 01 Apr 2016 01:30:26 +0000 Contributor 13812 at http://www.whiteband.org The new GCAP strategy and governance documents and a letter from your Co- Chairs http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/16-03-16-new-gcap-strategy-and-governance-and-letter-your-co-chairs <div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong><span class="short_text" id="result_box" lang="fr"><span>Français</span> <span>ci-dessous</span></span></strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong><span class="short_text" lang="fr"><span><span class="short_text" lang="es"><span>Español</span> <span>abajo</span></span></span></span></strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%">Dear GCAP National Coalitions,&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%">Dear GCAP Constituancy groups, </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%">Dear friends, </span> </div><p><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/16-03-16-new-gcap-strategy-and-governance-and-letter-your-co-chairs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/16-03-16-new-gcap-strategy-and-governance-and-letter-your-co-chairs#comments Blog Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:23:24 +0000 13800 at http://www.whiteband.org Vice - President Timmermans RE: 2030 AGENDA http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/16-02-09-vice-president-timmermans-re-2030-agenda <h4><tt><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">To the attention of: First Vice President Frans Timmermans</span></span></tt></h4> <h5><span style="font-family: Times New Roman,Times,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">This response by civil society organisations to<tt> </tt>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. </span></span></h5> <h4><tt><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">Click here to read the letter:</span></span></tt></h4> <div data-canvas-width="177.4316" style="left: 750.095px; top: 37.4496px; font-size: 16.4px; font-family: sans-serif; transform: scaleX(0.742392);">&nbsp;</div> <div data-canvas-width="177.4316" style="left: 750.095px; top: 37.4496px; font-size: 16.4px; font-family: sans-serif; transform: scaleX(0.742392); text-align: center;"><a href="http://whiteband.org/sites/default/files/Letter%20to%20Timmermans-SDG%20coalition%20febr%202016.pdf"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"><img alt="" height="118" src="http://www.concordeurope.org/media/k2/items/cache/d197c421d422f5cbf569ea13f09ef700_M.jpg?t=1442414324" width="175" /></span></span></a></div> http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/16-02-09-vice-president-timmermans-re-2030-agenda#comments News Post 2015 European Commission European Union Europe Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:24:51 +0000 13799 at http://www.whiteband.org Climate Change Is Already Here: A Letter From Kampala http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/15-12-17-climate-change-already-here-letter-kampala <p><img alt="" height="203" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/3763124/images/n-JOHN-NJOROGE-large570.jpg" width="401" /></p> <p>Dear Pope Francis,</p> <p>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&#39;s residents have been conducting charity walks, renovating and buying commemorative rosaries from Rome. Workers are re-roofing <a href="http://www.ugandamartyrsshrine.org.ug/">The Martyr&#39;s Shrine</a>, 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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, <a href="http://www.monitor.co.ug/-/691150/1192662/-/bp4k2i/-/index.html">floods</a> have already become an everyday occurrence.</p> <p>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 &#39;investors&#39; erect huge concrete shopping malls all over the city.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/15-12-17-climate-change-already-here-letter-kampala" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/15-12-17-climate-change-already-here-letter-kampala#comments Blog Thu, 17 Dec 2015 12:22:20 +0000 13797 at http://www.whiteband.org GCAP's plans for COP 21 in Paris http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/15-11-24-gcaps-plans-cop-21-paris <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-bfbfa50b-5df0-591c-b0f3-736babaac853" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:14.666666666666666px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">GCAP presence in Paris at the COP21</span></p> <p></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14.666666666666666px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">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. </span></p> <p><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/15-11-24-gcaps-plans-cop-21-paris" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/15-11-24-gcaps-plans-cop-21-paris#comments Blog Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:54:38 +0000 Contributor 13796 at http://www.whiteband.org International Civil Society Call to Address Inequalities and Social Justice in Climate Policy http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/15-11-17-international-civil-society-call-address-inequalities-and-social-justice-climate-polic <p style="text-align: center;">October - November 2015</p> <p><strong>SUMMARY</strong></p> <p><em>Socioeconomic inequality is an integral part of the climate crisis, and must be addressed. </em>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.</p> <p><em>Inequality is a key driver of the climate crisis.&nbsp;</em>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.</p> <p><em>Inequalities, both within and among nations, block agreements and pathways that could lead to sustainability.</em> 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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/15-11-17-international-civil-society-call-address-inequalities-and-social-justice-climate-polic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/15-11-17-international-civil-society-call-address-inequalities-and-social-justice-climate-polic#comments Blog Climate Change Initiative for Equality Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:51:17 +0000 13794 at http://www.whiteband.org CSO open letter to Vice-President Timmermans on the 2030 Agenda http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-09-22-cso-open-letter-vice-president-timmermans-2030-agenda <p style="text-align: center;">2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Image of letter" src="http://www.concordeurope.org/media/k2/items/cache/d197c421d422f5cbf569ea13f09ef700_M.jpg?t=1442414324" style="width: 150px; height: 100px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p>Dear First Vice-President Timmermans,&nbsp;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.</p> <p>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 (&lsquo;Agenda 2030&rsquo;). 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-09-22-cso-open-letter-vice-president-timmermans-2030-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-09-22-cso-open-letter-vice-president-timmermans-2030-agenda#comments News Europe Post 2015 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 03:43:25 +0000 13792 at http://www.whiteband.org GCAP response to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-08-28-gcap-response-addis-ababa-action-agenda-aaaa <p style="text-align: justify;">While we welcome the objective of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) of achieving &lsquo;equitable global economic system in which no country or person is left behind&rsquo; in its introductory paragraph, so also the mention of the productive employment, decent work and the social protection system, we fear that they may remain as mere rhetoric. While promising to end hunger, poverty and inequality, it has not addressed the structural aspects of the economy responsible for perpetuation of the same. Excessive importance given to the private capital for financing development legitimises the ongoing withdrawal of the state from providing essential services like education, health, water and sanitation and other sectors. While the PPP model has made quality education and health care almost out of reach for the people living in poverty and socially excluded groups, reposing faith on the same model for financing key social sectors reflects serious lack of commitment by the global leaders towards equality, justice and climate change. The question will always remain on how to ensure accountability of private funding to the people at large and of the private capital towards human rights, labour rights and safeguarding the environment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/sites/default/files/GCAP response to AAAA.pdf">Click here for full statement.</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For the CSO Response to FfD, <a href="http://www.whiteband.org/sites/default/files/CSO Response to FfD - Addis Ababa Action Agenda 16 July 2015.pdf">click here.</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-08-28-gcap-response-addis-ababa-action-agenda-aaaa#comments News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:38:17 +0000 13791 at http://www.whiteband.org May Mobilisation Images http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-06-19-may-mobilisation-images Blog Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:16:13 +0000 13787 at http://www.whiteband.org GCAP Reactive on Zero Draft on Post 2015 http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-06-24-gcap-reactive-zero-draft-post-2015 <p align="center"><img alt="" src="http://www.whiteband.org/sites/default/files/GCAP_logo_english_flat one colour.jpg" style="width: 195px; height: 200px;" /></p> <p align="center"><strong><u>Well begun but half done: Zero draft of the post-2015 outcome document has best of intentions yet many gaps on <em>things that matter</em></u></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em><span style="text-align: justify;">Hu</span><span style="text-align: justify;">man rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities. &nbsp;</span></em>-Pope Francis</p> <p><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-06-24-gcap-reactive-zero-draft-post-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-06-24-gcap-reactive-zero-draft-post-2015#comments News Wed, 24 Jun 2015 19:18:18 +0000 13789 at http://www.whiteband.org Climate justice, All Ages and Sexual and Reproductive Rights - May Mobilisations continue http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-06-19-climate-justice-all-ages-and-sexual-and-reproductive-rights-may-mobilisations-continue <p><strong>17 May &ndash; Faith Climate Action</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This day marked the launch of Yeb Sano former Filippino climate ambassador&acute;s People&rsquo;s Pilgrimage beginning in his homecity of Tacloban, which was ground zero of 2013 Typhoon Haiyan. Over the next few months he will walk thousands of kilometre visiting climate affected communities and culminating in Paris of the COP21 talks,</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>&quot;We are going to send a powerful, loud message to world leaders that we are many, and we care about the governments and industries of the world finding a solution to the climate crisis,&quot; he said &quot;What we want is a just, equitable, ambitious and durable climate agreement to be forged in Paris.&quot;</em></p> <p><strong>18 May- World leaders to measure up to our ambition</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This day of action took part at the start crucial SDG negotiations at the UN in New York 18-22 May. Across action/2015 we sent messages through letters, postcards and tweets letting them know that millions of people are taking action and demanding that they measure up to our ambition and set up a robust system to ensure progress towards a better future for our people and our planet.</p> <p><strong>22 May All Ages Day</strong></p> <p><img src="http://www.whiteband.org/sites/default/files/22 MAY.jpg" style="margin-left: 12px; margin-right: 12px; float: left; width: 312px; height: 161px;" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-06-19-climate-justice-all-ages-and-sexual-and-reproductive-rights-may-mobilisations-continue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-06-19-climate-justice-all-ages-and-sexual-and-reproductive-rights-may-mobilisations-continue#comments News Fri, 19 Jun 2015 08:22:58 +0000 13788 at http://www.whiteband.org From Labour Rights to Citizen Participation - the first 16 days of May Mobilisations http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/15-06-18-labour-rights-citizen-participation-first-16-days-may-mobilisations <p><strong>01 May <em>- </em></strong><strong>Socially Excluded Groups and Labour&nbsp;</strong><strong>Rights</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lead by the GCAP Socially Excluded Task Force the day saw women and men workers from dalit, adivasis and other excluded communities across India take to the streets to demand decent work and a dignified wage. &nbsp;People on the ground and online created a unified chain linking fingers and calling for an ambitious SDG to stop discrimination and ensure equality in work spaces, dignified work and a decent wage for all by 2030.</p> <p><img src="http://www.whiteband.org/sites/default/files/01 May.jpg" style="margin-left: 12px; margin-right: 12px; float: left; width: 245px; height: 189px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Actions also took place in Ghana, Pakistan, Kenya and Costa Rica Very exciting news came from action/2015 Kenya where the President agreed on a 12% Pay Increase for workers!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;The present system of governance has made labourer and working class vulnerable even though the wealth of the nation was built on the theft of their land and from their work in the farms, mines and factories,&rdquo; said Kenneth Amoateng of GCAP Ghana during a mobilisation event in Accra, &ldquo;The time has come for politicians to talk to the labourer and working class openly and honestly to ensure the enhancement of the dignity of the Ghanaian labour force.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/15-06-18-labour-rights-citizen-participation-first-16-days-may-mobilisations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/blog/15-06-18-labour-rights-citizen-participation-first-16-days-may-mobilisations#comments News action/2015 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 23:16:53 +0000 13786 at http://www.whiteband.org The Elephant is Waiting! http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-05-23-the-elephant-is-waiting <p><center><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/sites/default/files/Elefant Stunt.png"><img alt="" src="http://www.whiteband.org/sites/default/files/Elefant Stunt.png" style="height: 300px; width: 424px;" /></a></p> <p></p></center><br /> </p><p style="text-align: justify;">GCAP Europe prepares for the action/2015 stunt on Tuesday, 26 May at 12pm, at the Schuman Roundabout in Brussels. Join us!&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In our Financing for Development campaign, we are fighting for different issues such as tax justice for transnational companies. At this moment, it is crucial to ask the EU to keep commitments for more and better aid by 2020. The EU might drop them. The Elephant in the room is waiting at the GCAP Office in Brussels to walk to the EU.&nbsp;Please join the protest of the Elephant in the room in Brussels and around the world!</p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-05-23-the-elephant-is-waiting#comments News action/2015 Sat, 23 May 2015 14:45:53 +0000 13784 at http://www.whiteband.org GCAP Trainee-Intern http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-05-20-gcap-trainee-intern http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-05-20-gcap-trainee-intern#comments News Wed, 20 May 2015 08:04:22 +0000 Pradeep 13783 at http://www.whiteband.org GCAP Statement on Forests, Food, & Nutrition http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-05-13-gcap-statement-forests-food-nutrition <p align="center"><strong><img alt="" src="http://www.whiteband.org/sites/default/files/GCAP_logo_english_flat one colour.jpg" style="height: 103px; width: 100px;" /></strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>Forests are Key to Ending Malnutrition &amp; Hunger</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>But UN Members Would Allow 10 More Years of Deforestation!!</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;">Forests can reduce, end global hunger, according to the new report launched on 6</span><sup style="text-align: justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align: justify;"> May, 2015 during the United Nations Forum on Forests in New York.&nbsp;It is a bold claim, and&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.iufro.org/science/gfep/forests-and-food-security-panel/report-embargoed-release/" style="text-align: justify;">the report</a><span style="text-align: justify;">, published by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), doesn&#39;t shy away from the enormity of the problem it seeks to address.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Some 805 million people &mdash; one in nine citizens of Earth &mdash; are undernourished, primarily in Africa and Asia. At the same time, between 1.2 and 1.5 billion people worldwide depend on forests for all or most of their diet and livelihood, according to the report.&nbsp;This suggests that if countries with big forest-dependent populations adopt national policies and land-use strategies that support the planting of multi-functional trees to provide food, timber, fuel wood, medicine, and a host of environmental services, they could do much to ensure access to safe, nutritious food for all. Agro-forestry, like agro-ecology, is important to achieving UN Secretary General&rsquo;s Zero Hunger Challenge!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.whiteband.org/sites/default/files/GCAP Statement on Forests, Food, and Nutrition.pdf">Click here for the full statement.</a></p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-05-13-gcap-statement-forests-food-nutrition#comments News Wed, 13 May 2015 15:17:20 +0000 13782 at http://www.whiteband.org GCAP Solidarity with Nepal http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-05-06-gcap-solidarity-nepal <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>A call to prioritize marginalized and excluded people in Nepal </strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>After the earthquake in Nepal: Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) calls on the &nbsp;international community to work with local civil society to reach and deliver aid to marginalised and excluded communities&nbsp; in remote areas. </strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Even after a week, immediate relief has not reached remote areas&rdquo; reports Daya Sagar Shrestha today, the Director of the NGO Federation of Nepal. &ldquo;People in 10 districts are facing serious humanitarian challenges. The number of deaths has crossed over 5000 and hundreds of thousands of people have been wounded.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) expresses wholehearted solidarity with the people of Nepal and hopes that the nation gains the strength to overcome this disaster. GCAP recognises the efforts of the Government of Nepal but the extent of the humanitarian crisis and limited resources there needs timely and quality support from international organizations.</p> <p>For full statement click <a href="http://www.whiteband.org/sites/default/files/GCAP Solidarity with Nepal .pdf">here</a>.</p> http://www.whiteband.org/en/news/15-05-06-gcap-solidarity-nepal#comments News Human Rights Humanitarian emergencies Wed, 06 May 2015 08:46:42 +0000 13780 at http://www.whiteband.org