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SDGs & Inequalities

GCAP member BOND, a UK network for organisations working in international development, has published a report which looks at the main actions being undertaken by European donor governments, development institutions and civil society to achieve the the commitment to "leave no one behind".

Click here to download the report.



GCAP coalitions in Asia have published several reports on inequality, shadow VNR reports and SDG implementation reports. You can read and download the different reports here:

Nepal - Civil Society Report on Implementation of SDGs 2017

Nepal - People's Development Justice Report 2017

India - Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030

India - Dalit Shadow Report 2017 (will be availabe soon)

Bangladesh - Bangladeshi civil society position on VNR 2017

Japan - Analysis & Recommendations for Policy Priorities and Implementation Mechanism

Thailand - hai Shadow Report of Voluntary National Review

Korean -  Civil Society Report for 2017 HLPF on Sustainable  Development

GCAP started the work for the new global development framework in 2010 with the World We Want Campaign. From 2012 to 2015 the global conversation took place to develop this framework. The Agenda 2030 was approved in the UN summit on September 25th 2015 in New York. Since January 2016 we work on the implementation.

GCAP constituents participated in national, regional and thematic consultations, both in person and online, to influence the process. The result of consultations in 39 countries was published in the Post-2015 National Consultation Report

The Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) go far beyond the MDGs and offer the hope of a future where people live in harmony on a safe, sustainable planet.  Unlike the MDGs, the SDGs include goals on inequalities, peace, decent work, justice and transparency while also vowing to end violence against women and children, human trafficking and dangerous climate change.

While we welcome the adoption of the SDGs, we are disturbed by the weakness of the discussion on the structural and root causes of inequalities and poverty. In addition, there is no critical assessment of the role of the private sector, which is only portrayed as part of the solution, even though businesses often exacerbate inequalities, including gender inequality, poverty and climate change.

The SDGs are just one framework for engagement.  GCAP will continue to challenge the structural aspects and causes of inequalities and poverty.  We will hold all actors to account - including governments, private sector and international institutions, including the UN. To achieve the SDGs, policies that promote equality such as tax justice, decent work, distributive measures, social protection and gender equality are crucial.

GCAP focus is in on different forms of inequalities. Here examples for national reports on the implementation of the SDGs:  

  1. Afghanistan (July 2016)

  2. India (June 2016)

The process from the MDGs to the SDGs

GCAP national coalitions and constituenc  y groups, including the Feminist Task Force and the Socially Excluded Task Force, have mobilised hundreds of millions of women, men, children and youth, including socially excluded groups, to put pressure on governments to deliver on their promises.  GCAP constituents have monitored the successes and failures of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as national and regional development commitments and the actions of international institutions and groupings, such as the G20 and UNFCCC.  Since 2010, GCAP constituents have focus to shape the Post-2015 development agenda.

Analysis about the learning from the MDGs for the SDGs in four countries:

  1. Nicaragua

  2. Zambia

  3. DR Congo

  4. Bangladesh

The public campaign in the year 2015 was called action/2015.

Document on action 2015

Film on action 2015

Open Working Group

Based on the consultations in 39 countries GCAP did advocacy with national governments, with regional organisations (e.g. AU and EU) and at the UN to shape the Agenda 2030. Inequality was one of the focus of the advocacy of GCAP in the Open Working Group. We welcomed the inclusion of a goal focusing on reducing inequality within and among countries

High Level Panel

The UN High Level Panel on Post-2015 has presented its report to the UN Secretary-General.  It's called "A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development". (The report is also available in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish on this page of the HLP website.)


GCAP has prepared this response to the HLP Report and submitted it to UN agencies.  GCAP National Coalitions and Constituency Groups are also petitioning their national governments for action on these issues.


Civil society meetings for the preparation of the report took place in


Civil Society Declarations

Civil Society Conference organized by 10 global networks including GCAP in Bonn


Africa and the Arab Region



Women, Youth and Marginalised


Post 2015 Processes


  • Voices from the Bali Regional Stakeholder Consultation (video): features Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (Indonesian President and 2015 High Level Panel co-chair), Amina Mohammed (UN Special Advisor on Post 2015), Minar Pimple (UNMC Asia), Remi Sogunro (special envoy of Liberian President and 2015 High Level Panel co-chair Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf), Michael Switow (GCAP Global Council), Ke Yousheng (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China), representatives from Oxfam Indonesia and KOICA (Korea) and youth activists like Maudy Ayunda (Indonesia) and Ravi Theja Muthu (India), among others


Resources and Country Examples

  • World We Want 2015  - "a platform created by the UN and civil society to amplify people's voices in the process of building a global agenda for sustainable development"