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Global Forum on Disability

ONE BILLION PEOPLE have disabilities.

800 MILLION are in the Global South.

20% of the 'poorest of the poor' are differently-abled people.

We must address the rights of everyone.

GCAP is proud to be part of the

1st Global Forum on Disability: Voice of our Own.

Read more about it in the Global Accessibility News.

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.

"Create the Community of Peoples and Nations that We Need" ~ Marta Benavides

Speaking at the The World We Want People's Voices Series in New York on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, GCAP co-chair Marta Benavides called on all members of society to “work together to create the community of peoples and nations that we need.”

But first, she argued, the peoples of the North and South must recognise that modern poverty is rooted in the history of colonialism and exploitation.

“We need to decolonise the processes . . . I don't want a better world,” Benavides argues, “I want a different world order, but that can only happen if we have the Economic, Social and Cultural rights of people. People have dignity. We are not asking for handouts.”