End Poverty 2015 - GCAP http://endpoverty2015.org/en/taxonomy/term/161/0 en UNMC Holds Post-2015 Event in Washington DC http://endpoverty2015.org/en/post-2015-washington-dc-world-bank-2012 <img src="http://endpoverty2015.org/files/LOGOS.png" height="73" width="488" alt=""/> <br> <br> On April 20th, 2012 the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), in partnership with the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) and Beyond 2015, hosted a post-2015 civil society roundtable on civil society engagement. Nearly 60 participants attended the event providing the opportunity to reach a new audience based in Washington DC, and to also continue the discussion on how civil society can best contribute to the post-2015 process as a whole, and the many UN-led initiatives. <br> <br> The event was moderated by the Director of UNMC, Corinne Woods, and the panelists included Rajiv Joshi representing GCAP and Beyond 2015, Jeff Huffines of Civicus, Lindsay Coates of Interaction and Sering Falu Njie of UNMC. <br> <br> <strong>Key themes drawn from the discussion of this event include:</strong> <br> <br> <strong>The challenges of creating a development agenda in a drastically different world</strong> <br> <br> The location of poverty has shifted drastically today, where 75% of the world’s poor live in middle-income countries. The MDGs have been very influential in shaping the development agenda, but the reality is that many have been left behind and we are seeing increasing inequality. <br> <br> Challenges: <br> <br> <ul><li>The closing years of the MDGs, the SDGs coming out of the Rio+20 movement must both fit smoothly into the post-2015 process.</li> <li>Poverty reduction needs to be front and center, with the voices of women, youth and other marginalized groups playing an influential role.</li> <li>Human Rights’ role in the post-2015 agenda needs to be clarified</li> <li>The MDGs don’t accurately reflect all major points in the Millennium Declaration, which today is still a very relevant document.</li> <li>The global recession is not showing signs of ending soon and this reality must be taken into account.</li> <li>The US government has been more open under the Obama administration to MDGs and international frameworks on an ideological level, but still lacks in action.</li> <li>Addressing Sustainability, Human Rights and Inequality in the framework is critical</li></ul> <strong>Post 2015 is not MDG plus</strong> <br> <br> While a basic step in the post-2015 process is to review MDG implementation and learn lessons moving forward, the approach for the post-2015 framework is meant to be much more inclusive and participatory. The criticisms of the way the Millennium Development Goals, were designed is widely acknowledged and the UN is making efforts to ensure that this process is inclusive and that inputs are solicited from all stakeholders. <br> <br> The outcome may still include a set of targets and indicators with an agreed timetable for implementation. <br> <br> <strong>Challenges in creating a representative and open post-2015 agenda include issues of localization and universality.</strong> <br> <br> There are many challenges, and some potential major pitfalls in international agenda setting in a development context. The new framework must be universally applicable but at the same time flexible enough to be adaptable to local realities, and also thematic and/or issue, and area specific realities <br> <br> Secondly, there is a need to clarify the balance between inclusion in the process and the need to produce a coherent and sound development agenda. In this instance, technology is seen as a key tool to providing mass representation, and the academic track is seen as key in identifying trends, and indicators to clarify the global conversation, thematic meetings and national consultations. <br> <br> <strong>CSOs have an opportunity to seize the space created for active engagement in post-2015. We are in this together, and want to create ways of working together. </strong> <br> <br> Civil society is critical to the success of the post-2015 process because they can act as a critical link between the voices of citizens and the formal processes set up at the UN, within national governments and other sectors. However, the wide-ranging geographical and thematic areas covered by civil society pose challenges for cooperation, but if handled can be a very powerful contribution to the process. <br> <br> Key issues and challenges for CSO engagement with the post-2015 agenda include: <br> <br> <ul><li>CSOs need to have a strategy in place for influencing local and national governments. The United Nations headquarters in New York is only one key area for influence. CSOs must act at a regional and country level with the UN, but also seek to influence national governments, international financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and other key power brokers.</li> <li>There is a difference between soliciting voices and those voices being heard. CSOs must ensure that the voices of their constituents are acted upon.</li> <li>A wider range of citizen movements must participate in this agenda. This means going beyond professional civil society and incorporating trade unions, grassroots movements and others.</li> <li>CSOs must be given, but also create a space for active monitoring and accountability mechanisms in the new framework. The MDGs did not provide and active space for accountability mechanisms.</li> <li>The UN must actively engage and provide a roadmap for CSOs to engage in the UN process.</li> </ul> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/post-2015-washington-dc-world-bank-2012#comments English Beyond 2015 GCAP Post-2015 World Bank Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:32:05 +0000 zachhongola 1318 at http://endpoverty2015.org MORE THAN ONE PERCENT OF GLOBAL POPULATION EXPECTED TO “STAND UP AND TAKE ACTION” AGAINST POVERTY AND FOR THE MDGs http://endpoverty2015.org/en/global/resource/more-one-percent-global-population-expected-%E2%80%9Cstand-and-take-action%E2%80%9D-against-poverty-and-mdgs <p>New York, 8 October 2008 – The United Nations Millennium Campaign and Global Call to Action Against Poverty (<span class="caps">GCAP</span>) today announced details of some of next week’s events aimed at mobilizing more than one percent of the world’s population&#8212; over 67 million people – on October 17-19 to demand that world leaders deliver on their promises to eradicate extreme poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.</p> Global Stand Up Take Action English GCAP Kumi Stand Up Take Action Wed, 08 Oct 2008 19:05:44 +0000 Miki 697 at http://endpoverty2015.org ANTI-POVERTY ADVOCATES ATTEMPT TO MOBILIZE ONE PERCENT OF THE WORLD’S PEOPLE TO TELL WORLD LEADERS TO END POVERTY NOW http://endpoverty2015.org/en/stand-take-action/resource/anti-poverty-advocates-attempt-mobilize-one-percent-world%E2%80%99s-people-tell-world-leaders-end-poverty-no <p>New York, 2 October 2008 &#8212; From October 17th to19th, in an unprecedented mobilization, more than one percent of the world’s population is expected to “Stand Up and Take Action” to demand that their leaders end poverty and meet and exceed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).</p> <p>The mobilization comes at a time when hundreds of billions of dollars are being found to bail out wealthy bankers and financial institutions while the emergency summit on the MDGs held at the United Nations last week was only able to generate $16 billion in commitments to ending poverty. Large amounts of this money come from the private sector and non-governmental organizations and there is skepticism as to whether the government commitments represent new money. Participants in “Stand Up and Take Action” will send a clear message to world leaders that just weeks after they recommitted to taking action to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, millions of citizens are monitoring their actions and will hold them to account for meeting their commitments.</p> Stand Up Take Action English GCAP Stand Up Take Action Thu, 02 Oct 2008 20:15:39 +0000 Miki 672 at http://endpoverty2015.org Campaign Partners: G8 fiddles while world burns http://endpoverty2015.org/en/global-partnership/news/campaign-partners-g8-fiddles-while-world-burns/09/jul/08 <p><a href="http://www.whiteband.org">GCAP</a> representatives of ten countries present in Hokkaido are deeply concern at how out of touch with reality the G8 seemed to be on the main issues related to ending poverty. </p> <p>The lack of any real discussion on biofuels in relation to the food price crisis is appalling. References to health, education and water are, sadly, not supported by adequate resources and a timeline commitment. While the G8 pays lip service to the <a href="/goals">MDGs</a> their commitments suggest that even these minimalist goals are seriously at risk of being achieved by 2015.</p> <p>“Reaffirmation of <span class="caps">MDG</span> commitment is a positive signal in the run-up to the <span class="caps">MDG</span> High Level Event in September but the financial resources on the table fall short of what needs to be achieved by 2015.“ said Minar Pimple, Asia Director, UN Millennium Campaign. </p> <p>This year’s communiqués reiterate most of the G8’s earlier commitments but the world has changed for the worse since 2005. The increase in food prices by 30 to 45% has had a devastating effect, especially on women and children trying to survive on less than a dollar a day. Millions more people are being pushed into poverty.</p> <p>“Japan was not able to muster up the leadership we hoped to see from them as Summit hosts. The Japanese people wanted more action to end poverty so they will be disappointed too.” said Tatsuo Hayashi, <span class="caps">GCAP</span> Japan (Hottokenai Sekai no Mazushisa).</p> <p>In many ways the meeting of G5 Leaders in neighbouring town Sapporo this week, showed that these nations had a better sense of reality than the G8. G8 decisions on their own are clearly no longer enough &#8211; global problems need global solutions.</p> <p>“The G8 came, talked and failed to conquer the greatest battle we face, the fight to end poverty and inequality,” said Ana Maria Nemezo from <span class="caps">GCAP</span> Philippines.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/global-partnership/news/campaign-partners-g8-fiddles-while-world-burns/09/jul/08#comments Global Partnership English g8 GCAP Japan Wed, 09 Jul 2008 22:02:32 +0000 admin 348 at http://endpoverty2015.org GCAP hands over People's wishes to the Japanese Prime Minister http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/gcap-hands-over-peoples-wishes-japanese-prime-minister/25/jun/08 <p><span class="caps">GCAP</span> Korea representative, Hykungung Kim was one of a group of international NGOs to meet Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda in Tokyo on Wednesday June 18th. She also tied a white and, the symbol of the campaign, around the wrist of the Prime Minister who stood for a photograph beside the campaign symbol, a Tanabata bamboo tree.</p> <p>Representing the massive <span class="caps">GCAP</span> anti-poverty alliance, Hykungung explained to the Prime Minister how last year we mobilized over 1.2 million Voices Against Poverty which were presented to Chancellor Merkel just prior to the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm. </p> <p>This year, we are undertaking the Tanabata Action and have so far collected over 600,000 wishes in Japan and around the world. As well as people in G8 countries, thousands of people in Asia, Africa and all around the world are demanding action from the G8. </p> <p>We call on Prime Minister Fukuda, as President of the G8, to show leadership to his fellow G8 leaders and work in Hokkaido to deliver on the promises made in 2005 and 2007. </p> <p>The Tanabata Action Now petition will continue to collect wishes online and offline right up to the G8.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/gcap-hands-over-peoples-wishes-japanese-prime-minister/25/jun/08#comments End Hunger Asia Environmental Sustainability Global Partnership English GCAP Japan Korea Prime Minister Fukuda Wed, 25 Jun 2008 13:10:59 +0000 admin 347 at http://endpoverty2015.org GCAP: Progress on poverty not possbile without gender equality http://endpoverty2015.org/en/gender-equity/news/gcap-progress-poverty-not-possbile-without-gender-equality/08/mar/08 <p>The <a href="http://www.whiteband.org">Global Call to Action Against Poverty</a> (<span class="caps">GCAP</span>) is mobilising worldwide on <a href="/women">International Women’s Day</a> to call for gender equality to end poverty. With women representing 70% of the worlds poor, the issue of gender equality in the fight to end poverty has been carried by campaigners to the doors of governments and multilateral instiutions by <span class="caps">GCAP</span> coalitions since 2005. This year represents a change in gear for campaigners, concerned by signs that women are the big losers in current development strategies and the poor pace of governments in meeting the </a>Millennium Development Goals</a>.</p> <p><a href="/video/women/gcap-feminist-task-force">Ana Agostino</a>, <span class="caps">GCAP</span> Co-Chair and spokesperson for the Feminist Task Force said:<br /> “Poverty cannot be eradicated without equality and justice for women. Current international policies rob women of livelihoods, healthcare and other economic rights, while feeding a fundamentalist backlash and militarism that deprive women of personal autonomy and choices. Our demands are fundamental to breaking through this paradigm, they are not cosmetic, they need dedicated funding and integration into all existing policy decisions.”</p> <p>In New York last week, <span class="caps">GCAP</span> members focused on the theme of this year’s Commission on the Status of Women meeting, “Financing for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment,” . They called on the UN for increased financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment as well as support for an improved gender equality architecture of the UN. GCAP’s Feminist Task Force (<span class="caps">FTF</span>) presented progress made since 2005 alongside the findings of International Women’s Tribunals on Poverty (see below), which were held in India and Peru in 2007. </p> <p>In the Arab region, <span class="caps">GCAP</span> has produced a statement with specific demands for their<br /> Governments. The 2007 Arab <span class="caps">MDG</span> report states that the participation of women in <br /> non-agricultural employment in the least developed Arab countries decreased by almost 5% between 1990 and 2004. On average, women in the Arab region accounted for only 18.3% of total paid employments in the industrial and services sector in 2004. Moreover, the continuous military occupation in Palestine and Iraq and some regions of Lebanon and Syria has increased the level of poverty in these zones and undermined the development progress, and thus limited the chances for women’s economical empowerment. According to report, women in the Arab region held only 8.7% of the region’s parliamentary seats in April 2007, a figure among the lowest in the world.</p> <p>GCAP’s Global demands for gender equality to end poverty on International Women’s Day are: <ul> <li>Trade Justice for women’s social, economic, cultural and political empowerment</li> <li>Debt Cancellation to lift the burden on poor women and their families</li> <li>More and Better Aid to fund an end to the feminization of poverty</li> <li>Democratic, Transparent, Participatory and Accountable National Policy Processes to open doors for women and eliminate discriminatory policies</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Gender Equality as central to achieving sustainable development</li> </ul></p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/gender-equity/news/gcap-progress-poverty-not-possbile-without-gender-equality/08/mar/08#comments Gender Equity GCAP women Sat, 08 Mar 2008 15:18:13 +0000 admin 289 at http://endpoverty2015.org GCAP campaigning to achieve gender equity http://endpoverty2015.org/en/video/women/gcap-campaigning <p><span class="caps">GCAP</span> Partners from around the world have been campaigning to achieve equality and end poverty. This slideshow portrays some of that work.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/video/women/gcap-campaigning#comments Gender Equity GCAP international women&#039;s day women Sat, 08 Mar 2008 01:16:00 +0000 admin 288 at http://endpoverty2015.org Ana Agostino - The Importance of Women in Ending Poverty http://endpoverty2015.org/en/video/women/gcap-feminist-task-force <p>Ana Agostino is Co-Chair of <span class="caps">GCAP</span> and the facilitator for the Feminist<br /> Task Force (<span class="caps">FTF</span>) . This year the <span class="caps">FTF</span> use the International Women&#8217;s Day<br /> to highlight the centrality of gender equality to end poverty and the<br /> importance of investing in women and girls. They are also calling for<br /> financing of gender equality and women&#8217;s empowerment.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/video/women/gcap-feminist-task-force#comments End Hunger Universal Education Gender Equity Maternal Health ana agostino GCAP international women&#039;s day women Fri, 07 Mar 2008 20:32:55 +0000 admin 284 at http://endpoverty2015.org GCAP Welcomes Ehtiopian Activists' Verdict; Expects Release Shortly http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africanews/gcap-welcomes-ehtiopian-activists-verdict-expects-release-shortly/26/dec/07 <p>Ethiopian activists Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie may face brief additional time behind bars, as the court today sentenced them to two years and six months in prison on charges of incitement, despite demands by the prosecution that they receive the maximum sentence of 10 years. </p> <p>&#8220;While we welcome the fact that Daniel and Netsanet may soon be reunited with their friends, families and colleagues in civil society, we are perplexed and dismayed by the additional sentence. Everyday they have spent and possibly will spend in prison is a deep injustice. They are true heroes of Ethiopia, true heroes of Africa and for everyone around the world who supports democracy, justice and the fight against poverty,&#8221; said Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and Co-Chair of the <a href="http://www.whiteband.org">Global Call to Action Against Poverty</a> (<span class="caps">GCAP</span>) who was present at the sentencing this morning. </p> <p>Daniel and Netsanet, coordinators of <span class="caps">GCAP</span> in Ethiopia, were today sentenced to two years and six months in prison by the Federal High Court in Addis Ababa for provocation and preparing incitement in the aftermath of the May 2005 elections. On Monday, they were acquitted of conspiracy to overthrow the constitutional order, but were found guilty on the lesser charge. <span class="caps">CIVICUS</span> and <span class="caps">GCAP</span> anticipate that they will soon be released, given the two years and two months they have already spent behind bars, as well as their good behaviour and their willingness to cooperate with the court. </p> <p>Before sentencing them this morning, the judges read a statement recognising their contributions to peace, democracy and the rule of law in Ethiopia. The presiding judge dissented from the verdict and has consistently maintained they are innocent of the charges, finding their actions to be fully within the constitution. </p> <p>&#8220;The judges&#8217; statement today read more like a citation for the Nobel Peace Prize than justification for even a single day they have spent in prison,&#8221; said Kumi Naidoo.</p> <p>Since Daniel and Netsanet&#8217;s arrest in November 2005, civil society organisations in Ethiopia have come under increasing scrutiny, and many have been forced into silence on controversial issues for fear of meeting the same fate as Daniel and Netsanet. </p> <p>Speaking from Ethiopian Federal court, Kumi Naidoo said, &#8220;This case has significance beyond the travesty of justice against Daniel and Netsanet. Their continued detention has had a chilling effect on civil society in Ethiopia. It is extremely important that the judges stated none of their actions were against the constitution and were in fact legitimate civil society activities. We hope that this vindication will enable civil society to fully exercise its role, including advocacy for human rights, democracy, peace and the eradication of poverty.&#8221; </p> <p>Aside from their work with <span class="caps">GCAP</span>, Daniel is also head of the policy department at ActionAid International Ethiopia. Netsanet is also the founder of local human rights group Organisation for Social Justice in Ethiopia. </p> <p>At the start of the trial in May 2006, 131 opposition politicians, journalists, civil society leaders and organisations stood accused of a range of charges from genocide to treason. They were among thousands who were detained following protests accusing the government of rigging the 15 May 2005 parliamentary elections. Many of the accused were acquitted during the course of the trial. Others were convicted but pardoned in July and August 2007 – all of whom signed a confession, admitting use of &#8220;unconstitutional means to change the constitutionally established government functions&#8221; following the 2005 elections. </p> <p>Although they were asked to sign a similar statement, Daniel and Netsanet declined. They argued that their activities in 2005 were entirely legal and did not serve to undermine, but rather to protect and promote Ethiopia&#8217;s constitutional order. </p> <p>Recognised as Amnesty International prisoners of conscience, Daniel and Netsanet were consistently denied bail, even after seven attempts, including an appeal to the Supreme Court.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africanews/gcap-welcomes-ehtiopian-activists-verdict-expects-release-shortly/26/dec/07#comments Africa ActionAid Daniel Bekele Ethiopia GCAP Netsanet Demissie Wed, 26 Dec 2007 10:26:05 +0000 admin 170 at http://endpoverty2015.org Ethiopian Activist Trial Delayed Yet Again http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africanews/ethiopian-activist-trial-delayed-yet-again/22/nov/07 <p>The case of anti-poverty activists Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie was not heard again as one of the three Judges in Ethiopia’s High Court was absent due to ill health. The case hearing is now postponed until November 30th, leaving Daniel and Netsanet in jail for at least another 8 days, as they were refused bail.</p> <p>“Given that in April a senior judge said there was no case to answer, and that both men have been imprisoned for over 2 years, they should have been granted bail in the circumstances.’ said Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of <span class="caps">CIVICUS</span> and Chair of <a href="http://www.whiteband.org">Global Call Against Poverty</a> sitting in the Addis Ababa court this morning. ‘Ethiopia is being deprived of the two people most committed to its progress, and in the context their skills and participation are very much needed.”</p> <p>After more than 2 years of imprisonment Daniel and Netsanet, both coordinators of the Global Call to Action against Poverty in Ethiopia, are the last two accused in the high profile Ethiopian treason trial that originally charged 131 politicians, journalists, organisations and civil society leaders. They were due to hear the final verdict this morning at 9am <span class="caps">GMT</span> in Addis Ababa. They face charges of conspiracy to overthrow the government, specifically, “outrage against the constitution and constitutional order”.</p> <p>Fellow <span class="caps">GCAP</span> campaigners in over 110 countries have been calling for their immediate release and sent messages of solidarity to the men. Amnesty International has declared both men prisoners of conscience.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africanews/ethiopian-activist-trial-delayed-yet-again/22/nov/07#comments Africa ActionAid Daniel Bekele Ethiopia GCAP Netsanet Demissie Thu, 22 Nov 2007 14:40:02 +0000 admin 141 at http://endpoverty2015.org