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Post-2015: The Istanbul Meeting

Fifty people from six continents representing 30 organisations adn platforms, incluing GCAP, gathered in Istanbul at the end of February, in a meeting convened by CIVICUS with the financial support of the United Nations, to discuss Post-2015 campaigning and explore possibilities of joint action.

CIVICUS Secretary-General Danny Sriskandarajah writes that the meetings "have the potential to transform the role of civil society in the post-2015 process".

Other participants and observers aren't so sure. They point to a lack of gender and regional balance in the room as well as an outcome document, a "meta-narrative" called The Istanbul Text, that does not seem to go far enough on many of the key Post-2015 issues identified by GCAP, Social Watch and others.

The Istanbul document envisions a "flotilla approach" in which different organisations have their own messages but are all pointing in the same direction.

Climate Change, Dams and Deforestation: The Bolivian Tragedy

By Carmen Capriles

I must share with you a little of the grief that we are suffering here in Bolivia over the past month.

Bolivia has endured the worst wet season in years, despite the fact that this has been caused by neither an El Nino or La Nina weather pattern.

58,000 families have already been affected, including 80% of the indigenous people living in the lowlands of the Amazonian forest.  At least 56 people have been killed.

Let's be clear. This is not just an act of Mother Nature. There are three major causes:

  • Climate Change
  • The Dams in Brazil
  • Deforestation

  

 

 

BRICS: The Club in the Club

The BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – risk losing their international credibility if they don't behave as responsible donors, writes GCAP Russia co-chair Vitaliy Kartamyshev.

These five countries produce about 20% of the world's economic output and account for a growing percentage of official development assistance. But it's clear that the BRIC have “fewer scruples” about how this aid impacts human rights, democracy, women and ethnic minorities.

At a minimum, the BRICS should adopt a set of guiding principles to ensure that they do not uphold political regimes that impoverish communities, exploit natural resources and undermine the development prospects of recipient countries.

In an article originally published by the Heinrich Boell Foundation as part of a series of G20 updates, Kartamyshev also argues that decisions by the BRICS, G20, G8 and other such clubs are poorly understood by the country's citizens and even the media. Civil society networks and movements have a role to play here – through education and adding to the political discourse.

Remembering MLK: We Have A Dream . . . That We Will Make A Reality

Martin Luther King Jr., the heralded minister who was born 85 years ago today and led the United States's civil rights movement until he was assassinated in 1968, is most remembered for his non-violent fight against racism.
 
"I have a dream," MLK told over 250,000 supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, "that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character."
 
But Martin Luther King Jr. was also a powerful voice for peace and against poverty.
 
"Just as nonviolence exposed the ugliness of racial injustice," King said upon accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, "so must the infection and sickness of poverty be exposed and healed - not only its symptoms but its basic causes."
 
 
In a sermon entitled "Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution", given at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

GCAP Celebrates Sylvia Borren

A committed and passionate activist, GCAP celebrates the work and contributions of Sylvia Borren, who has stepped down as co-chair of the GCAP Global Council and chair of the GCAP Foundation.

While Sylvia no longer holds an official position with GCAP, we know that she will continue to accompany us, in all ways, always.

Watch Sylvia speak at the 2010 Stand Up Take Action rally in New York:

 

 

Open Working Group Side Event: "Implementing a Just, Inclusive, Equal and Sustainable Development Agenda"

Human development is not a contested idea. But how do we achieve it? What are the metrics and indicators? These key questions are once again being brought to the forefront as the UN General Assembly's 'Open Working Group' meets in New York to develop a set of “Sustainable Development Goals”.

GCAP – in collaboration with Wada na Todo Abhiyan and the Feminist Task Force – is working to ensure that southern voices and perspectives shape the SDGs and Post-2015 development agenda.

  

The SDGs and Post-2015 development agenda must go beyond 'mere necessities' and focus on justice, equality, freedom and participation.

The FTF, GCAP and WNTA are highlighting perspectives from the Global South at an Open Working Group side event entitled, Implementing a Just, Inclusive, Equal and Sustainable Development Agenda”.

Please also join the Inequalities e-conversation at www.worldwewant2015.org.

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