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:

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.globalwhere 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 will be campaigning together with many civil society partners from 17 to 28 September – including the global climate strike on 24 September.

Global People’s Assembly Objectives

1 – Provide a platform for people’s voices  from around the world  that can feature at the forefront  of  the UNGA Summit – including national, constituency and regional People’s Assemblies from around the world.

2 – Review the impacts caused by COVID-19. Develop demands and actions –  including for the People’s Vaccine within  the context of the 2030 Agenda. Discuss the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement  and make recommendations.
3 – Bring the united voice of the Global People’s Assembly to the UN GA, governments and UN organisations
4 – Strengthen the cooperation between CSO networks for civil society actions and people’s movements

2020 People’s Assemblies


Toolkit for the 2020 Virtual People’s Assemblies

See also:
Template – Charter of Demands 2020 People’s Assemblies
Template – Press release for 2020 People’s Assemblies

During the Global Week of Action (18-26 September) People’s Assemblies are being held in:


  • Bangladesh26 September 2020

National People’s Assembly
Organised by GCAP Bangladesh
Date: Sept 26, Time: tbc
Contact, Abdul Awal @

  • Japan25 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,

  • 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 @

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

  • Nepal25 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 @ – see more info below

  • Pakistan24 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 @ – see more info below

Charter of Demands: National People’s Assembly on SDGs in Pakistan 

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 @ – see more info below

  • Sri Lanka26 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 @ – see more info below


  • Ghana25 September 2020
  • Kenya25 September 2020
  • Malawi25 September 2020
  • Mali25 September 2020

  • Senegal24 September 2020

  • Tanzania25 September 2020
  • Uganda25 September 2020
  • Zambia25 September 2020 – Charter of Demands & Press Release
  • Zimbabwe25 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

People’s Assembly Declaration – 25 September 2019 –  EN | ES | FR | IT | SK

#PeoplesAssembly2019 | #StandTogetherNow

Download the People’s Assembly Program

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

  1. Civic Space (voices)
  2. Inequalities
  3. Climate and Environmental Justice

The objectives of the People’s Assembly were to:

  1. Bring the “People’s Voices” to the fore at the SDG Summit
  2. Strategize to reclaim civil society space
  3. Discuss the implementation of Agenda 2030 and make recommendations for a stronger accountability mechanism
  4. 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)
  • ActionAid
  • Bread for the World, Germany
  • Gray Panthers
  • CPDE – CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness
  • Forus
  • 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)

Financial contributors:

ActionAid, Bread for the World, Heinrich Boell Foundation Washington, DC, VOICE, EU and contributions from several other of the partners.


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