Global People's Assembly
21 to 23 September 2021
Greetings of solidarity for the Global Week of Action – #Act4SDGs!
We are in the middle of a global inequality crisis. COVID-19 has made this worse – the vaccine inequality divides us even more. We urgently need a People’s Vaccine, social protection for all and climate justice.
You are invited to the Global People’s Assembly from 21 to 23 September 2021! Coordinated by GCAP in cooperation with 30 regional and global networks, we will be bringing together voices of women, youth, older persons and different marginalised groups – i.e. communities discriminated by work and descent and persons with disabilities. The People’s Assemblies are organised in parallel to the UN General Assembly. Please find the programme here.
You can still register here: https://urlz.fr/gsUM.
The Global People’s Assembly is based on local, constituency and national People’s Assemblies – so far in 28 countries:
- 10 countries in Africa
- 7 in Asia
- 8 in Latina America and the Caribbean
- 3 in Europe
You can find more information on these assemblies on the main website – peoplesassembly.global, where you are invited to write your priorities for a just recovery! We will deliver and highlight these messages to the Global People’s Assembly and the UN General Assembly.
You can show your support for all of this through social media!
- We have prepared a handy social media toolkit
- The hashtag is #PeoplesAssembly
- See also the Trello Board with images
We will be campaigning together with many civil society partners from 17 to 28 September – including the global climate strike on 24 September.
2020 People’s Assemblies
During the Global Week of Action (18-26 September) People’s Assemblies are being held in:
- Bangladesh – 26 September 2020
National People’s Assembly
Organised by GCAP Bangladesh
Date: Sept 26, Time: tbc
Contact, Abdul Awal @ email@example.com
- Japan – 25 September 2020
· “Vegan SDGs Cake Event” in “Shinjuku Dialogue”, a cafe and meeting space. Discussion mainly targeting LGBTI communities
· Workshop on Japan SDGs College. Workers and small farmers will participate among others.
Organized by Japan Civil Society Netowrk on SDGs (GCAP Japan)
Date: Sept 25, Time: tbc
Contact, Masaki Inaba, firstname.lastname@example.org
- India – 24 September 2020
National People’s Assembly & Release of the 100 HotSpots Study
Organised by Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (GCAP India)
Date: 24 September 2020, 2.30 – 4 pm Indian Time
Contact, Annie Namala @ email@example.com
WNTA thematic people’s assembly on Climate Action
Date: 25 September 2020, 11-12 Indian Time
WNTA thematic people’s assembly on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions in Indian Context on the occasion of SDG week of action
Date: 23 Sept 3 – 4 pm
- Nepal – 25 September 2020
National SDGs Summit (National People’s Assembly)
Organised by NGO Federation of Nepal (GCAP Nepal)
Date: Sept 25, 2 pm – 4.30 pm Nepal time
Contact, Arjun Bhattarai @ firstname.lastname@example.org – see more info below
- Pakistan – 24 September 2020
National People’s Assembly on SDGs
Organised by Pakistan Development Alliance (GCAP Pakistan)
Date: Sept 24, 10 am Islamabad time
Contact Zia-Ur Rehman @ email@example.com – see more info below
- Philippines – 24 September 2020
People’s Assembly on SDGs and Human Rights: What now with COVID?
Organised by GCAP Philippines
Date: Sept 24, 4 – 6 pm Manila Time
Contact, Beckie Malaya @ firstname.lastname@example.org – see more info below
- Sri Lanka – 26 September 2020
People’s Assembly for SDG fifth Anniversary
Organised by SUNFO (GCAP Sri Lanka)
Date: Sept 26, 9.15 am – 12.15 pm (Colombo Time
Contact, Wije @ email@example.com – see more info below
- Ghana – 25 September 2020
- Kenya – 25 September 2020
- Malawi – 25 September 2020
- Mali – 25 September 2020
- Mauritius – 25 September 2020
- Nigeria – 24 September 2020 – Nigeria 2020 People’s Assembly Radio Ad
- Senegal – 24 September 2020
- Tanzania – 25 September 2020
- Uganda – 25 September 2020
- Zambia – 25 September 2020 – Charter of Demands & Press Release
- Zimbabwe – 25 September 2020
- Regional People’s Assembly on Discrimination based on Work and Descent (DWD) – 22 September 2020
People’s Assemblies are also planned in 5 countries in Latin America and 7 countries in Europe.
2019 People’s Assembly
24 and 25 September 2019
parallel to the SDG Summit in the Church Center – opposite the UN, New York
While Heads of State met on 24 and 25 September 2019 for the SDG Summit to review the progress of Agenda 2030, 22 partners including GCAP organized a parallel People’s Assembly. The People’s Assembly brought together people’s representatives and civil society from around the world to give grassroots and marginalised people a voice. Most importantly, it was a space for all to jointly analyse the structural reasons for the injustices, act and plan for common future actions to create systemic change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.
Civil society plays a key role in advocating and implementing much needed change and to work on the structural causes of poverty and inequalities. However, we are being threatened and civic space to work is dwindling. Civil Society must fight back together and reclaim our space. We are at the crossroads, as inequality has risen to unsustainable levels and climate change is causing incalculable damage. We can implement change or continue with the status quo. We are determined to act to save the planet and humanity, particularly ensure that no one is left behind.
To galvanise people’s voice across the world, we organised a Global Week of Action from 20 – 27 September together with partners, with joint mobilizations and mass actions across movements & borders for Voice – Equality – Climate and Environmental Justice – #StandTogetherNow.
The main themes of the People’s Assembly were:
- Civic Space (voices)
- Climate and Environmental Justice
The objectives of the People’s Assembly were to:
- Bring the “People’s Voices” to the fore at the SDG Summit
- Strategize to reclaim civil society space
- Discuss the implementation of Agenda 2030 and make recommendations for a stronger accountability mechanism
- Strengthen the cooperation with various CSO networks and INGOs for civil society actions and people’s movement
The Political Declaration was approved by the Heads of State on 24 September 2019. The People’s Assembly has taken the opportunity to make an alternative declaration.
2019 Global People’s Assembly Partners:
- Asia Dalits Rights Forum
- PACJA – Pan African Climate Justice Alliance
- Major Group for Children and Youth
- Women’s Major Group
- NGO Major Group
- Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD)
- Bread for the World, Germany
- Gray Panthers
- CPDE – CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness
- Global Policy Forum
- TAP Network
- Centre for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)
- SDG Watch Europe
- Heinrich Boell Foundation Washington, DC
- Climate, Land, Ambition and Rights Alliance (CLARA)
- Trust Africa
Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)
ActionAid, Bread for the World, Heinrich Boell Foundation Washington, DC, VOICE, EU and contributions from several other of the partners.
To get in contact with us, please email PeoplesAssembly@gcap.global.