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Violent conflicts around the world are consistently increasing the number of displaced persons and refugees around the world. Although not limited to developing countries, the impacts of conflicts on countries with high levels of poverty and inequality are particularly pronounced. Indeed, the inter-linkage between peace and poverty (i.e. the influence of lack of security on increasing poverty and unemployment on one hand and the influence of poverty and social marginalisation on possibilities for instability and conflict) has been discussed in the declaration resulting from the 2010 UN MDGs Review Conference. In this context, the international community discussed foreign occupation as a major obstacle to the realization of the Millennium Development Goals for peoples living under such occupation, and thus the need to take concrete and concerted actions in conformity with international law to remove such obstacles. 

 

GCAP has called attention to the centrality of peace and security in the Millennium Declaration and adopted related language in the Beirut and Montevideo Declarations. The International Day of Peace (September 21st) is also one of the identified mobilization days for the global alliance. GCAP will continue to play an active role in creating awareness through an early warning system, in providing timely information to the global community and in providing support to the victims and engaging with the governments and other factions for peace cannot be over-emphasized. At the regional and global levels, GCAP will direct its efforts towards providing solidarity, exerting global pressure and using their influence to get global responses to solve violent confrontations. 

GCAP will work to ensure: 

  • Control of military spending and corruption, domestic violence, crime, and military occupation 

  • Social inclusion of indigenous communities; and control of xenophobia and racism 

  • Protection of human rights work, civil society space and right to information; de-criminalisation of activism, control of political repression 

  • Accountability within the extractive industries, and environmental accounting, such as adding biodiversity to national measures of wealth 

  • Social and Economic security, including the right to decent work, food and health 

Towards this end we will act to: 

  • Join hands with other relevant networks in tracking and responding to the submission of the draft Declaration on Right of Peoples to Peace in Jan 2011 

  • Collaborate with women’s and peace movements to review the implementation of Resolution 1325 on the ground 

  • Ensure that campaigning on aid will include the review and critically highlight military goals and spending undertaken as part of foreign aid 

By 2014, these actions will result in: 

  • Information campaigns on the Declaration on the Right of People’s to Peace’ will be undertaken across GCAP regional coalitions 

  • Specific processes to strengthen Resolution 1325 will be undertaken across 10 countries 

  • An analysis of aid related military expenditure will be undertaken and its impact on women and socially excluded groups will be developed and publicized 

  • Linkages with conflict over natural resources and its impact on the poorest communities