Newsletter July 2024

GCAP is happy to invite you to four events at this year’s  High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development:

1. Is the Debt Crisis killing the SDGs?

The debt crisis has immense negative impact on the SDGs. Countries are forced by International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank to reduce social expenditures – including health, education, and social protection. Also, investments in environmental protection, climate change adaption and mitigation can’t be financed anymore because of high debt services. There is a need for another international debt architecture – respecting human rights – and ways to finance the SDGs in a just way.

GCAP organizes this online side event in cooperation with partner organisations.
Draft Agenda

  • Welcome and Introduction: Pradeep Baisakh, GCAP
  • Moderation: Ingo Ritz, GCAP
  • Debt situation in the world with focus on LAC: Patricia Miranda, LATINDADD
  • How has debt affected social protection in African countries: Jane Anyango, GCAP Kenya
  • Impact of debt on SDGs in Asian countries: Mae Buenaventura, Asia People’s Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD)
  • Debt situation in Sri Lanka: Ermiza Tegal, Yukti Debt Justice Collective
  • Role of global accelerator to fund social protection: Samuel Obara, Africa Platform for Social Protection
  • Bridging gap in ODA to finance SDGs in LDCs: Dr Arjun Karki, Global Coordinator, LDC Watch

 Date: 16 July 2024 (Tuesday)

Time: 10 – 11.30 AM New York Time (2 – 3.30 PM GMT)
Interpretation: French and Spanish interpretation

Venue: Zoom

Registration Link: 
Download concept note and draft agenda: 
2. Reforming the Global Tax System: Global Tax Justice to Reduce Inequalities and Finance Sustainable Development?


This physical side-event will focus on tax justice – during the ongoing negotiations on the UN Framework Convention on International Tax Cooperation. Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, will talk on the importance of global tax reform to reduce inequalities and Germany’s role in promoting tax justice. GCAP’s Director Ingo Ritz will introduce the proposals of civil society for a more just tax cooperation.
The event is organized by the German NGO Forum on Environment and Development, GCAP and the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation.
Date: July 17, 2024 (Wednesday)
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM New York Time

Venue: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office, 747 3rd Ave, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10017

Registration: Please register with Lennart Inklaar ( by Monday, July 15. (Seating is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.)
Download concept note and draft agenda:  

3. Linking SDG 16 and 17

The side event will highlight various types of CSO engagement on SDGs 16 and 17 using a nexus approach at local, national, and international levels. It offers CSOs an opportunity to build strong cross-sectoral solidarity to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs. Arjun Battahari, Co-Chair of GCAP, will address the gathering.
Date: 12 July 2024 (Friday)
Time: 3:30 –  6:00 PM New York Time
Venue: Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the UN in New York
Download concept note and draft agenda: 

4. Civil Society Weekend Workshop 

The workshop aims to enable exchange of views, networking and dialogue on key issues for civil society engagement on the 2030 Agenda. Dialogue to include – UNMute Civil Society: Suggestions for a Manual to improve participation; Sharing National civil society experiences: Opening access to the UN in the VNRs
The workshop is organized by Action for Sustainable Development in cooperation with GCAP, CIVICUS and the NGO Major Group.
Date: 13 July 2024 (Saturday)
Time: 10:00 – 16:00 New York Time
Venue: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, New York
Download draft agenda: 
Registration for event:
Zoom registration: 

Looking forward to meet many of you at the HLPF in person and in the online events!

In Solidarity,
Ingo Ritz