Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)
“Challenging the institutions and processes that perpetuate poverty and inequality across the world to defend and promote human rights, gender justice, social justice and security needed for survival and peace”
The Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) is a growing alliance that brings together trade unions, INGOs, the women’s and youth movements, community and faith groups and others to call for action from world leaders in the global North and South to meet their promises to end poverty and inequality.GCAP’s main aim is to achieve policy and practice changes that will improve the lives of people living in poverty.GCAP adds to existing campaigning on poverty by forming diverse, inclusive national platforms that are able to open up civil society space and advocate more effectively than individual organisations would be able to do on their own. It also organises global mass mobilisations that express solidarity between the global North and South, allow tens of millions of ordinary people to make their voices heard and bring pressure to bear on world leaders.
The resources and knowledge exist to eradicate poverty and re-distribute for more income equality
The resources exist and yet on a daily basis all over the world women, men and children are denied access to their fundamental human right to education, health, water, sanitation and food security.
There are concrete solutions, yet an under-regulated private sector creates its own rules and policies, focusing on their corporate interests at the expense of people and the environment. Land grabs and mega mining projects that deny people their right to land and water continue with little transparency or accountability. There are concrete solutions and yet climate change is impacting millions of people across the globe, particularly women who are losing their livelihoods and small farmers struggling to adapt to increasing temperatures, drought, floods and other ‘natural’ disasters.
As we face multiple crises, governments meet behind closed doors and make decisions that affect our livelihoods, without us.
Despite this, women, men and children across the world are standing up for their fundamental rights, the future of their children and the well-being of communities. Across Brazil, in Tahrir and Taksim squares, to name but a few, citizens are standing up and demanding change.
Global citizens are the real agents of change. Any effort to eradicate poverty and inequality must start by putting people at the heart of the process.
For one month Global Citizens will come together with proposals, ideas, solutions, energy and a strong and resounding call that says “Leave No One Behind.” We believe that with genuine political will, we can meet and exceed the Millennium Development Goals and create an even more ambitious Post-2015 agenda to end poverty and inequality and ensure that No One is Left Behind.
What the world urgently needs now — both for the planet and those of us who are its inhabitants – is a respect for people and planet. If we recognise planetary boundaries, if we honour those who came before us and those who will follow, if we ensure that No One is truly Left Behind, regardless of race, caste, gender, sexual orientation, class or any other category that can be used to exclude and marginalise, if we promote gender equality and uphold transparent and accountable governance, if WE STAND UP FOR OUR RIGHTS . . . . then we can achieve the real change, the transformative change that we, the citizens of this planet, urgently need. Join us, for one month — starting on International Democracy Day and continuing hrough the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty — as citizens from all corners of the world join together to demand change.