Dear Colleagues and Co-travelers,

Greetings of Peace and Justice!

In these solemn moments, our hearts are heavy with sorrow as we observe the distressing situation unfolding in the Gaza Strip. The war between Israel and Hamas has left us deeply concerned. Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) calls for an end to the war in Gaza and Israel, the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages and respect for the human rights of every person in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel.

In our Statement on the war, we call on the international community — including the United Nations, governments and civil society — to demonstrate urgent resolve to end the wars and violent conflicts that currently threaten the safety and well-being of millions of children, women and men in more than 30 countries, from Afghanistan to Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Sudan, Ukraine and Yemen.

After the COP28 and as the year draws to a close amid the gravity of ongoing wars, we take a moment to reflect and look back on the key activities that have shaped our collective journey. These activities include the following:

SDG Mid-Point, Act4SDGs and People’s Assemblies 2023

Major factors for a more peaceful world are justice and a multilateral system based on human rights. The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs is the framework agreed by all governments. Even the SDG Summit on 18 and 19 September did not bring the needed commitments there is growing voice of countries from the Global South demanding more just international relations.

GCAP members organized Community, Constituency and National People’s Assemblies in 40 countries from August to September and four online Regional Assemblies – Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe – in September. These Assemblies brought together voices from people’s representatives from the most marginalised communities championing initiatives to eradicate poverty and hunger and advocating for social protection, universal health coverage including universal access to free vaccination.

All these Assemblies culminated with the Global People’s Assembly (GPA) we organised on 17-18 September in New York as part of the Global Week to Act4SDGs together with 64 civil society organisations – including Amnesty International, CIVICUS, Greenpeace, Oxfam International and Save the Children. 350 participants in New York, over 2000 registered online and offline from 127 countries participated.

The declaration of the Global People’s Assembly urged governments to set a clear path to achieve the 2030 Agenda  and the SDGs, starting with a solution for the debt crisis including a reform of the international financial architecture, and a concrete agreement to establish social protection floors for all by 2030.

For details, visit: https://gcap.global/peoples-assembly/

Global People’s Assembly 2023 Video: https://youtu.be/AXbJgZuAhbI

GCAP Global Assembly 2023

We conducted our General Assembly in New York on 20 and 21 September with participants from 25 National Coalitions and three Constituency Groups. The assembly worked on plans to implement the GCAP Strategy 2023-2030.This includes capacity building at national and regional levels and to strengthen the youth and women and feminist constituency groups in the coming years – along the Social Justice Task Force. GCAP Members are facing growing repressions by their governments. We have to support them. The Declaration of the Assembly calls for immediate action, highlighting the interconnectedness of environmental and social issues and emphasizes the importance of inclusive policies. Emphasis was put on universal social protection and to transform international public finance to tackle the debt crisis and climate change. The assembly also prepared the elections of the Global Council for the years 2024 – 2026.

Time for Thanks

As the year draws to a close, so does our tenure of the GCAP Global Council. The cooperation and commitment of all the colleagues and co-travelers has been instrumental in guiding us through the last three years – difficult years from Covid to the war in Gaza. Despite the challenges GCAP is stronger now as a network and voice of discriminated groups with a perspective from the Global South. We got new members in eight countries, agreed on the new strategy and could cope with the difficult fundraising situation. We express our heartfelt gratitude to each one of you for your support and dedication.

We wish everyone happy holidays and a peaceful New Year.

Let’s renew our commitment to a world where justice, equality and peace prevail.

In solidarity,

GCAP global Co-Chairs

Georgina Muñoz Pavon                  Oumar Sow                         Paul Divakar Namala