GCAP Faces of Migration Event: SDGs and Migration in the EU – Presentation of Civil Society Report
Time: Mar 2, 2022 02:00 PM Brussels
Please register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82616607251
In an uncertain world, with growing inequalities within and between countries, exacerbated by the impacts of COVID-19 and climate change, migration to and within Europe continues to divide public opinion and generate hostile policy responses, despite the contribution of migrants to the economic growth and well-being of their host countries and, through remittances, to their countries of origin.
The event marks the publication of the Faces of Migration Report with the same title “SDGs and Migration in the European Union”. The full report is available here. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-
GCAP side event at UN Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development
You can join the GCAP Africa/APSP Side event on Social Protection on 25 February 2022
at 7 am GMT with this ZOOM link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81439340590
Many African countries remain behind or even off-track in different ways towards achievement of the SDGs by 2030 and Agenda 2063 goals. They are also moving at different paces. Increased food insecurity due to Covid 19 is a key challenge. With grassroots partners and networks in over 30 countries in Africa APSP and GCAP are working together on promoting social protection as a vital contributor to end food insecurity in Africa. The experience of partners has shown how the impact of Covid 19 has exponentially increased food insecurity, breaking food chains and deepening already endemic poverty and hunger, especially in rural areas. Currently Africa is the region with the lowest coverage of social protection, despite the Africa Unions recognition of its importance as a key element of recovery from Covid 19, that social protection tackles generalized insecurity and endemic poverty, and that the extension of social protection floors is fundamental to achieving the SDGs.
The side event will bring together civil society, grassroots organizations, UN agencies and VNR countries of Africa. Supported by an experienced moderator, panelists will bring experience of how social protection acts on food insecurity and hunger, giving up to date information and analysis on extending social protection coverage and its financing, and offering best practice examples for peer learning. Civil society and grassroots panelists from Botswana and Rwanda will share grassroots experience. Ms Valerie Schmitt, ILO, will speak on social protection coverage and current opportunities and challenges; Ms Bintia Stephen Tchicaya, FAO will share up to date analysis and recommendations on food insecurity. The 4th time VNR reporting country of Togo will be invited to offer lessons learned in the VNR process. Mr Oyebisi Babatunde from the National NGOs Network of Nigeria shall moderate the event proceedings. Mr Simon Nhongo, Board member of the Africa Platform for Social Protection will give closing remarks . Key messages from the event will be submitted to the Forum organisers for inclusion in the final Declaration.
GCAP has co-produced key reports on inequalities and sustainability:
- The Leave No Woman Behind Reports investigate regional and thematic dynamics which perpetuate multiple discrimination of women but also propose policy-based solutions and are part of Leave No Woman Behind Campaign
- EU SDG10 report: Falling through the cracks: Exposing inequalities in Europe and beyond
- Spotlight Report on Sustainability in Europe: Who is paying the bill? (Negative) impacts of EU policies and practices in the world
On 25 September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The purpose, as written on the top of the agenda, is Transforming our World. The agenda is universal – for all countries – whether in the North or South – ending the differentiation between developing and developed countries. One core principal of the agenda is “Leave No One Behind”. The Agenda has 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
During the preparation process of the Agenda, GCAP national coalitions in 39 countries organized consultations at local and national level – involving communities and civil society – to develop the demands, which were brought to national governments and regional and global processes. Please see the global report here. Based on the consultations, GCAP insisted on putting addressing inequalities at the center and facilitating the active participation of people in the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
In 2015, GCAP together with partners mobilized 32 million people all over the world to act against poverty, inequality and climate change.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) go far beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and offer the hope of a future where people live in harmony on a safe, sustainable planet. Unlike the MDGs, the SDGs include goals on inequalities, peace, decent work, justice and transparency while also vowing to end violence against women and children, human trafficking and dangerous climate change.
While GCAP welcomes the adoption of the Agenda 2030, we recognize that the Agenda is a compromise of 193 governments. Together with the Paris Climate Agreement, this was one important step for solving the world’s most pressing problems.
Still we criticize the weakness of the discussion on the structural and root causes of inequalities and poverty. Especially, there is no critical assessment of the role of the private sector, which is only portrayed as part of the solution, even though businesses often exacerbate inequalities, including gender inequality, poverty and climate change.
GCAP will continue to challenge the structural aspects and causes of inequalities and poverty. We will hold all actors to account – including governments, private sector and international institutions, including the UN. To achieve the SDGs, policies that promote equality such as tax justice, decent work, distributive measures, social protection and gender equality are crucial.
GCAP works at local, national, regional and global levels to monitor the implementation of the SDGs in order to ensure that countries achieve the goals and meet and exceed the targets for all groups. GCAP focuses on a bottom-up approach to engage people and governments.
Our strategy of engagement with this framework is captured by the expression, “Localising SDGs – Supporting Local Communities Fighting for Justice.” This includes working with coalitions (especially NGOs, women’s organizations, youth groups, trade unions), as well as other constituencies and partners at national, regional and global levels based on grassroots-level work.
GCAP works on the whole Agenda 2030, but especially on Leave No One Behind and the following four SDGs:
- SDG 1: No Poverty
- SDG 5: Gender Equality
- SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
- SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Inclusive Institutions
Voluntary National Reviews
Each UN member state reports every few years to the High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF). GCAP National Coalitions influence governmental Voluntary Nation Reviews (VNRs) and also prepare and contribute to independent civil society reports. Some examples include:
- 2020 HLPF: Bulgaria (VNR & main messages) | Kenya | Nepal | Uganda | Zambia
- 2019 HLPF: Cambodia | Ghana | Pakistan | Philippines – Report & Discussions
- 2018 HLPF: Italy | Pakistan | Senegal | Spain | Zambia
- 2017 HLPF : Bangladesh | India | Japan | Nepal – Report & Comments | Portugal | Dalit shadow report
- 2016 HLPF : Philippines
Global Day / Week of Action – 25 September
Since the Agenda 2030 was approved on 25 September 2015, we use this day to hold governments accountable in the public. Each year we demand the implementation of the Agenda 2030 with a focus on inequalities and the participation of socially excluded groups.
On 25 September 2017, GCAP initiated in cooperation with the UN SDG Action Campaign the Global Day of Action – Act4SDGs to mark the anniversary of the SDGs. Many CSOs from local and national level, and also regional and global CSO networks joined and made the day a success.
Coalition Building: National, Regional and Global Coalitions
National – Many GCAP national coalitions coordinate or are part of national coalitions on the Sustainable Development and the SDGs. They include different sectors of civil society – working on social, environment, climate and human rights, organisations of women, youth, older people, trade unions, different constituency groups as people with disabilities, indigenous peoples, Dalits.
Regional – GCAP coalitions, regional coordinators and representatives co-founded several regional SDG networks in cooperation with other networks for regional coordination and advocacy – with regional organisations as the African and the European Union and with the UN regional bodies.
- Africa: Africa CSW Working Group (AWG). GCAP Africa is one of the three co-chairs.
- Asia: Asia Civil Society Partnership for Sustainable (APSD). GCAP Asia is represented in the ADSD steering committee and hosts the secretariat.
- Europe: SDG Watch Europe. GCAP Europe is represented in the steering group and co-hosts the secretariat in rotation with other members.
- Global – GCAP together with global and regional partners formed the global alliance Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD). Together we coordinate and influence processes at the UN around the HLPF – especially the VNRs and also the HLPF Reform process.