GCAP campaigners commit to keep the importance of poverty relief at the forefront of the debate on climate change. They will do this by raising awareness via national coalitions in rich and poor countries and ensuring that action is taken by the international community and national governments to address climate change and its impact on people living in poverty.
GCAP fights the structural determinants and causes of poverty and challenges the institutions and processes that perpetuate poverty and inequality across the world. GCAP believes that climate change represents one of the greatest threats to people and the planet and must be tackled with urgency.
The GCAP Montevideo Communique, May 2007 states: "The lives and livelihoods of millions are being steadily destroyed by denying them rights over land, water, forest, natural resources and energy. Climate Change is exacerbating this. Floods, droughts, famine and conflicts resulting from climate change also threaten the development goals for billions of the world's poorest people. Action by the international community and national governments is required to address climate change and its impacts in particular on people living in poverty."