Newsletter June 2024

Dear Colleagues,
 
We are happy introduce the newly elected Global Council of GCAP. National Coalitions and Constituency Groups elected their representatives for 2024 to 2026.
 
Constituency Groups Representatives:

Social Justice Task Force: Beena Pallical, India; Queen Bisseng, Cameroon (alternate)
Women and Feminists Constituency Group: Martina Kabisama, Tanzania; Marium Amjad Khan, Pakistan (alternate)
Youth Constituency Group: Maro, Tanzania; Esso Pedessi, Togo
 
Regional representatives:

Africa: Aminata Barry Touré, Mali; Mahendranath Busgopaul, Mauritius
Asia: Sin Putheary, Cambodia; Arjun Bhattarai, Nepal
Latin America and Caribbean: Georgina Muñoz, Nicaragua; Mauro Pereira, Brazil
Europe: Justina Kaluinaite, Lithuania; Constantinos Machairas, Greece
 
You can find short bios of all Global Council members on the GCAP Website.
 
The Global Council elected three Co-Chairs:

Aminata Barry Touré
Georgina Muñoz
Arjun Bhattarai
 
And the leadership of the GCAP Global Foundation:

Chair: Constantinos Machairas
Vice-Chair: Beena Pallical

The new Global Council met the first time in person on May 6-7, 2024, in Nairobi. Discussions included campaign planning on social, climate and economic justice, health and social protection, along with thematic sessions on upcoming summits like the Summit of the Future, Fourth International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD4) and the World Social Summit.

GCAP Africa Calls for Debt Relief and Social Protection

On April 18, 2024, GCAP Africa in partnership with African civil society organisations held a virtual side event during the 10th African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) to address debt and social protection issues.

Participants expressed concern that the region lags behind in social protection investment, with about one billion Africans lacking any social protection coverage. This increases their vulnerability to economic, health and climatic shocks, exacerbating poverty and marginalisation. They also highlighted that the COVID-19 pandemic has eroded gains made towards SDG 1 and 2. Only two countries have ratified the 2022 African Union Protocol on social protection and security rights, underscoring a lack of regional commitment to improving social protection measures.

The debt crisis makes the situation worse for social protection. Many governments are cutting back and are forced by International Monetary Fund (IMF) conditionalities. The delegates called for a transformation of the international financial architecture, debt workout mechanisms, sustainable revenue streams and wider adoption of social protection policies.

Watch the event: https://youtu.be/ihYi_9yz-K0  

Download the outcome document: https://gcap.global/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Outcome-Debt-and-Social-Protection-side-event-10th-ARFSD.pdf 

GCAP highlights environmental urgency in Latin America and Caribbean

At the VII Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) on Sustainable Development held on April 16, 2024 in Santiago, Chile, GCAP LAC emphasized the critical need to prioritize the environmental dimension of Agenda 2030.

The representatives underlined that the region faces severe environmental challenges, including biodiversity loss, droughts, deforestation, pollution and thawing in southern areas like Chile and Argentina. These crises highlight the need to question the prevailing development model, which is based on the exploitation of people and nature, contributing to ecological degradation and social inequities. They also expressed concern that the region is the most dangerous in the world for environmental human rights defenders, with hundreds losing their lives annually while protecting the environment, water and land, as reported by organisations like Global Witness and Front Line Defenders.

Delegates stressed the importance of the Escazú Agreement for protecting environmental defenders and called for systemic changes and fair climate financing from the Global North. They also emphasized drawing connections between the Paris Agreement and the Escazú Agreement to deepen the environmental dimension of the SDGs.

Download the brief of the event in English: https://gcap.global/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Brief-of-GCAP-LAC-side-event.pdf  and in Spanish: https://gcap.global/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/RESUMEN-Evento-ODS-pag-WEB-GCAP.-V.-FINAL.pdf 
 
GCAP at the Conference of the Parties to Escazú Agreement

GCAP Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) members — from El Salvador, César Artiga, and Brazil, Mauro Pereira — attended the third Conference of the Parties (COP3) to the Escazú Agreement at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) headquarters in Santiago, Chile, from April 22 to 24.

One key achievement of COP3 was the ratification of the Escazú Agreement by the Commonwealth of Dominica, bringing the total to 16 ratified State Parties and 24 signatories from Latin America and the Caribbean. Additionally, the Regional Action Plan on Human Rights Defenders in Environmental Matters was approved, and a Committee to Support Implementation and Compliance was established to handle public communications and provide recommendations for effective implementation.

The two side events and GCAP’s presence in Escazú Agreement COP3 highlighted two major challenges and also  ways forward in the coming years in two of the four regions GCAP is active.

As Secretariat we are looking forward to work together with the new Global Council for the achievement of the SDGs, for social, climate and economic justice.

Congratulations to all Global Council members to their election!

 

Ingo Ritz