Dear colleagues,

As we navigate through the intricate challenges facing our world today, the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) stands at the forefront of addressing the pressing issues that affect humanity and the planet. We delve into significant events that demand our collective attention and action.

World Social Forum (WSF):

The people of the planet are currently facing an unprecedented environmental crisis coupled with rising inequality, widespread food insecurities, war and majoritarian violence, as well as escalating tensions between major powers. In fact, humanity is on the brink of multi-faceted calamities that pose a grave threat to its very survival.

In this context, the 16th edition of World Social Forum (WSF) is taking place from 15 – 19th February 2024 in Kathmandu, where more than 1,000 civil society organisations and several individuals will gather to discuss issues affecting the humanity and the planet. NGO Federation of Nepal (GCAP Nepal) is playing a key role as part of the Nepal Organising Committee of the WSF 2024 to organise the forum.

GCAP is co-organising 3 events with NGO Federation of Nepal (GCAP Nepal), and 3 events with Action Aid Asia. If you are attending the WSF, you are requested to join the events.

Asia Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development (APFSD):

Moving forward, the 11th APFSD, themed « Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: The effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions in Asia and the Pacific, » will be organised from 20-23 February. This significant gathering will take place at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

You are invited to participate in two official Side Events in APFSD organised by GCAP and members/alliance partners during APFSD.

Virtual side event:

The virtual side-event will be organised on the topic, “Advocating Universal Social Protection (USP) Floors for Asian Countries,” on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday), from 16.30 – 17.45 Bangkok time (GMT+7). Check your country time here.

Link to register:


In-Person Side Event:

The in-person side-event will be organised on the topic, “Shaping Asia CSOs’ position for the Summit of the Future (SoTF) 2024,” on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday), from 11.30 am – 12.45 pm Bangkok time (GMT+7). Check your country time here.

It will be held in Room A, United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), United Nations Building, Bangkok.

To register for this side event, please use this link:

To attend the in-person side event, all registrants must also register on Indico to attend the APFSD by February 6 using the link:

Please register using the option “Registration for Others” and choose your side event.  Those who do not register on Indico will not be able to access the United Nations Conference Center.

In solidarity,


Ingo Ritz

Director, GCAP