People's Assembly

Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Regional People’s Assembly Declaration 2023

People of all countries and regions are dealing with serious problems that need quick and determined action. It’s crucial to act urgently to tackle the complex challenges and global issues that could affect how we live our lives.

With the deepening of social, environmental, and economic inequalities caused by a development model based on the plunder and exploitation of peoples and nature, severe setbacks are occurring in human rights such as water, land, food, housing, habitat, and decent work. Additionally, in the territories, socio-environmental conflicts are being exacerbated due to the imposition of mega- projects, the expansion of monocultures, and carbon markets, all of this in complicity between states and transnational corporations.

We condemn authoritarianism, militarization, and the instrumentalization of judicial systems as a method to repress human rights defenders. These disastrous measures that seek to usurp the power of sovereign peoples lead to the closing of civic space and systematic violations of human rights, hindering progressive advancement in expanding rights, strengthening democracy, and consolidating the rule of law.

Read the Declaration here.

Down the Declaration here in English and in Spanish.

Africa Regional People’s Assembly Declaration 2023

We, the participants attending the Africa Regional People’s Assembly online on September 6th, 2023, representing civil society organizations from across Africa to discuss shared concerns about pressing social justice issues on the continent, hereby jointly make the following calls to African governments, the African Union, the United Nations, and the international community: to work towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), enhance pandemic preparedness, address the national debt challenge, ensure social protection, peace and security, and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Read the Declaration Here.

Download the Declaration in English Here; in French Here.

European People’s Assembly Declaration 2023

As we reach the midway point towards achieving the 2030 Agenda, our aspirations of delivering social justice, upholding human rights, ensuring fair distribution within and between nations, and building an environmentally conscious world for all appear increasingly distant and challenging to attain. Despite the relentless efforts of civil society and activists throughout the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) region, our fundamental political, financial, economic, and social systems face erosion due to austerity measures, xenophobia, conflicts, and lack of political will. These factors lead us to question the feasibility of fulfilling the visionary commitments made in 2015.

We call on UNECE governments to recommit to the pledges they made in 2015. This Regional People’s Assembly Declaration serves as a poignant reminder to policymakers, offering a set of recommendations aimed at advancing progress on the 2030 Agenda in the UNECE region in 9 thematic fields.

Read the Declaration here.

Download the declaration here.

Global People’s Assembly Declaration 2023

Halfway to Agenda 2030, we are still far from achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The draft 2023 Political Declaration fails to commit to the urgent action required to accelerate response towards the rising inequalities and poverty, for human rights, gender equality, social justice, peace, and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We demand governments match the political determination and persistence of civil society and activists, in all our diversity. Failure to achieve the SDGs – let alone make significant progress towards them – would be catastrophic for humanity and our planet.

This critical, interlinked Declaration of the 2023 Global People’s Assembly, co-created by over 40 national and regional People’s Assemblies and Global Peoples Assembly co-organizers, in all our diversities, is our shared and collective vision for a human-rights centered, gender transformative, intergenerational change to address the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and violence the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated, and to accelerate the faltering progress toward the achievement of the SDGs.

Download the declaration here 

Asia Regional People’s Assembly Declaration 2023

This declaration has been adopted by all the 21 Organising Partners of the Asia People’s Assembly 2023, which was held online on September 5, 2023. Over 100 community members, CSO leaders, elected representatives, politicians and members from UN organisations participated in the Assembly. The declaration was used as input in the Global People’s Assembly 2023 at the SDG Mid-Point in September 2023.

Read the details of the declaration here.
Download the declaration here.

National People’s Assembly Declarations of Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Region

Read the National People’s Assembly Declarations of LAC Region Here:
El Salvador
Dominican Republic

National People’s Assembly Declarations of Africa

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso People’s Assembly 2023 Declaration:…/Burkina-Faso-National-Peoples…
On September 17, 2023, civil society and people’s representatives of Burkina Faso united at the National People’s Assembly and declared their commitment to a future where no one is left behind.
Key Demands:
• Accelerate efforts for territorial integrity restoration and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons.
• Mitigate vertical and horizontal inequalities.
• Enhance technical and vocational training, providing professional opportunities for the youth.
• Implement policies for environmental protection, sustainable development, and clean energy promotion.
• Strengthen agro-salvo-pastoral production and transformation.


Declaration of The Botswana People’s Assembly 2023:…/Botswana-National-Peoples…
Civil society organisations and communities including Youth, women, persons with disabilities and older people came together at The People’s Assembly on 6 September 2023 at Gaborone in Botswana to reflect on and recommend critical priorities for the country’s progress in Agenda 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Key concerns expressed were on Gender-Based Violence (GBV), safety, media freedom, civil society resourcing, stigma, discrimination, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), and HIV/AIDS among other notable health challenges across the public health spectrum.
Key demands include:
• Strengthening data collection by the Government of Botswana to effectively measure progress towards the SDGs
• Addressing governance shortcomings and improving service delivery for achieving the SDGs
• Bringing in inclusivity in decision making
• Bringing inyouth and community involvement
• Strengthening avenues for collaborative partnerships to achieve #LeaveNoOneBehind
• Strengthening and promoting civil society and private sector engagement


Civil Society Organisations of Kenya on 5 September 2023 came together in Kibera Informal Settlement, Nairobi, to declare commitment to localising Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read the declaration of the Kenya National People’s Assembly:

« Aware of social protection gaps exposed to vulnerable communities, especially in healthcare, we call upon the government, through the National Health Insurance Fund, to streamline access to healthcare for the attainment of universal healthcare and SDG 3 on good health and wellbeing. We also demand that regular medical checkups be enhanced to guarantee early detection and, where possible, the early commencement of treatment. »

Demands to the Kenyan Government:

  • Quality Education (Goal 4)
  • Gender Equality (Goal 5)
  • Localization of SDGs
  • Swift action on SDG 1, 2, 6, 8, and 15 for a sustainable future
  • Universal Healthcare (Goal 3)
  • Technical Education (Goal 4)
  • Peace Education (Goal 16)

Demands to the International Community:

  • Redoubled efforts and resource allocation for SDG implementation.
  • Mobilization of resources to capacitate developing nations in domesticating SDGs.
  • Global partnerships for consensus on SDG implementation.


The 2023 National People’s Assembly in Malawi on 27 September 2023 convened at mid-point towards SDGs, declares unwavering commitment. Read the Assembly declaration here:

« Inequalities within our society continue to persist, with marginalized communities and vulnerable groups still facing disparities in access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities. »

Urgent Call to Action:

  • Prioritize SDGs in all national and local plans
  • Reaffirm commitment to leaving no one behind
  • Collaboration among stakeholders for resources and strategies
  • Transparency and accountability in SDG resource management
  • Increased financial allocation for SDG implementation.


On 9 September 2023 at the National People’s Assembly in Bamako, Mali, civil society organisations came together to assess progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read the National Peoples’ Assembly Declaration:

Key Demands:

  • Debt Cancellation & Resource Mobilisation
  • Good governance to enhance accountability and transparency
  • Strengthened security measures to address concerns about social, economic and environmental justice.
  • Universal social protection and operationalisation of the Universal Health Insurance Scheme.
  • Inclusive education policy
  • Technology transfer across all development sectors
  • Promotion of local knowledge in development policies.
  • Access to Clean Water & Sanitation
  • National committee to monitor implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities
  • Adoption of legislation against gender-based violence.
  • Equity in cooperation and respect for human rights in bilateral and multilateral partnerships.


The Niger National People’s Assembly 2023 held on 19 September 2023 prepared a “Charter of Demands” to the government. Read the National People’s Assembly Declaration here:

Key Demands:

  • End growing poverty and hunger exacerbated by COVID, inequality, climate change, war and inflation.
  • Ensure free and universal vaccination and social protection aligned with the Agenda 2030.
  • Advocacy for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the mid-term review at the UN General Assembly.


  • Invest in community engagement
  • Promote good governance & accountability mechanisms
  • Foster citizen inclusion
  • Strong political commitment from transitional authorities.


On 4 September 2023 GCAP-Rwanda, led by the TUMUKUNDE Initiative, and joined by 19 sister organisations from the Rwanda Civil Society Platform, issued a powerful statement at the Rwanda National People’s Assembly. Details of the declaration:

The assembly applauded Rwanda’s commitment to SDGs by 2030 and acknowledged government efforts in social protection programs and economic development.

The declaration calls for immediate action to address the identified challenges, emphasizing the need for collaboration, transparency, and citizen involvement in achieving sustainable development goals.

Key Demands:

  • Utilize African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to boost production, value addition and ensure quality infrastructure for local and regional agri-food markets
  • Harness Africa’s 60% global share of arable land to enhance food production
  • Adopt homegrown solutions to reduce taxes on food and oil imports and provide incentives/subsidies to importers of essential products.
  • Continue investing in and expanding social safety nets
  • Restructure and reinforce programs supporting indigenous people


On 13 September 2023, civil society and people’s representatives issued a statement at the National Peoples’ Assembly in Senegal. Read the details of the National Peoples’ Assembly Declaration:

Key Highlights:

  • The declaration emphasizes the urgency of addressing poverty, inequality, and climate change
  • Calls for concrete actions, including financial commitments, technology transfer, and inclusive policies for Vaccine Equality and Social Protection
  • Highlights the interconnectedness of issues, promoting a holistic approach for sustainable development

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone National People’s Assembly on 9 September2023 called for action to address unique social justice issues. Details of the National People’s Assembly declaration:

Key demands:

  • Prioritize budget allocations, formulate effective policies to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Equitable vaccine distribution for pandemic preparedness
  • Comprehensive debt relief framework, fair global financial systems, innovative financing mechanisms, and public participation in the national loan contracting process.
  • Ratification and the establishment of national policy frameworks to shield citizens from socioeconomic shocks.
  • Address the threat of climate change to livelihoods and the national economy.
  • Hold developed countries accountable for climate financing commitments.
  • Address national security challenges.

Full Programme for the Global People’s Assembly 2023
on 17-18 Sept

The programme for the Global People’s Assembly 2023 is now available in: English, French and Spanish.

The Global People’s Assembly is a platform for citizens worldwide that come together to discuss pressing global issues, share perspectives and demand accountability for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from their governments. In a world facing complex challenges, this Assembly emerges as a beacon of hope, offering a stage for civil society organizations, activists, marginalized groups, experts, and concerned citizens to join forces and amplify their voices. It is organised by the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), and co-organised by 60 other civil society organisations.

For more updates and information, visit the website at .




Global People’s Assembly 2023 on 17th-18th of September, in New York


The Global People’s Assembly 2023 will be on 17 (Sunday) and 18 September (Monday) in New York – at the UN SDG Summit and the UN General Assembly. To register and stay updated, visit the website at: 

The Global People’s Assembly (GPA) brings people’s representatives together and creates a strong voice at the SDG Summit for the midpoint of Agenda 2030. The assembly will be in-person in the Church Centre of the UN (opposite the UN), with 300 participants expected. Participants can also join online — we look forward to 2000 participants joining virtually, from across the world.

The GPA is the culmination of community and national People’s Assemblies in 35 countries and counting, where representatives of marginalised and excluded groups and civil society monitored and discussed the SDG implementation. Its objective is to bring civil society together and ensure that governments uphold their commitments, including the overarching principle of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs: to Leave No One Behind. This is a key opportunity for all participants to review the structural reasons for social, environment and economic injustice and to move towards ending inequalities.

The Global People’s Assembly was started in 2019, and has since grown stronger. The assembly is co-organised by 50 civil society networks. Everyone is invited to participate. To learn more, read the concept note here, and read the Global People’s Assembly 2022 Declaration here.

People’s Assembly 2023 Toolkit


As part of the Global Week to #Act4SDGs, on 10 to 25 September 2023, GCAP mobilises at the SDG Mid-Point to demand an end to poverty and hunger, extreme inequalities, exacerbated by the COVID pandemic, climate change, inflation and the wars – and to demand global justice including universal social protection, tax and debt justice.

Peoples’ Assemblies are

  1. Organised by communities, constituency groups and wider civil society at local and sub-national level. 
  2. Representatives present their perspectives at national, regional and global levels. 
  3. An avenue for participants to identify their own issues and concerns; analyse the structural causes; discuss and develop a set of demands; and then devise joint steps to address these demands.

To learn more about organising People’s Assemblies and make our voices as civil society stronger, download the toolkit here:



[English] TOOLKIT – People’s Assembly 2023 ,

[Spanish] TOOLKIT – People’s Assembly 2023 and

[French] TOOLKIT – People’s Assembly 2023.




Declaration of the 2022 Global People’s Assembly Download the full declaration HERE. The press release can be downloaded in EnglishFrench and Spanish.

Global Justice to Achieve SDGs:
Sustainable Equality for All

Seven years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals  nearly halfway to the Agenda 2030 Deadline  the visionary promise of social justice and a fair, rightsbased, equitable and ecologicallyjust world for all appears more remote than ever, despite the hard work and best efforts of civil society and dedicated activists across the globe. The political, financial, economic and social architecture  as well as the individuals who lead these systems  is failing us. Rising food and energy prices, loss of livelihoods, climate change, environmental degradation, war and critical gaps in healthcare  including inequities in the fight against COVID19  are pushing excluded people to the margins and making our planet uninhabitable. Austerity, the lack of universal social protection, descentbased discrimination and slavery, violence and the deterioration of civic space exacerbate inequalities and exclusion. All the while, elite private interests profit. Youth and old fear for the world we now inhabit and bequeath to future generations, while the rich and powerful use their resources to maintain their privilege. At the current pace, unless there is radical change, the world will not meet its 2030 SDG commitments until 20651 and it will take nearly 300 years to achieve
gender equality.
 We the People are 1,300 civil society participants from 127 countries representing diverse, excluded and marginalized people, testifying to the current state of injustice as global leaders gather for the 77th session of the UN General Assembly. We have solutions to the current unjust, unequal and extractivist systems and our voices must be heard. This declaration of the 2022 Global People’s Assembly has been developed with the input of more than 30 national and regional people’s assemblies. [The above is the first section of the Declaration of the 2022 Global People’s Assembly which carries the title: Global Justice to Achieve SDGs: Sustainable Equality for All. Read the full declaration available in English.


We invite you to the Global People’s Assembly from 20 to 22 September 2022!

Find the Programme 2022 HERE, it is also available in Español and Français.

Each day has a separate invitation link, all registration links are also available directly in the annotated program available above:

People´s Assemblies on the local and constituency level take place from July – September 2022 leading the bottom-up process toward regional assemblies in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe and culminating in the Global Week of Action from 16 to 25 September 2022.

The Global #PeoplesAssembly is part of the Global Week of Action #Act4SDGs from 16 to 25 September. Thousands of organisations and individuals are active during the week to demand the implementation of the SDGs from their governments. Learn more by visiting the Act4SDGs website. Peoples’ Assemblies are planned in 27 countries by GCAP coalitions – 15 in Africa, 6 in Asia, 5 in Latin America and the Caribbean and 1 in Europe. Learn about how to participate by checking out this People’s Assembly ToolkitThese assemblies organised at the national level will give inputs into the regional and constituency assemblies as part of the Global People’s Assembly. The impact of Covid is still strong in many countries – especially because of vaccine inequality. The debt crisis has led to austerity when increased spending in the social sector is needed. The high inflation of food and energy – further aggravated by the war against the Ukraine – and the increased impact of climate change have resulted in more people living in poverty and hunger than before.

Join #FlipTheScript stunt

Next year, 2023, will be the mid-way point to achieve the SDGs. If we don’t bring radical changes in the policies, we won’t reach them.

Therefore, we call upon all of you to passionately mobilise in the Global Week of Action – let’s globally unite with the FliptheScript StuntFind more information on the Stunt here. Invite your community. Feel free to share this information to your circles of influence. We hope to get good outreach and many participants for this important event!

People’s Assembly 2022 toolkit

People´s Assemblies on the local and constituency level take place from July – September 2022 leading the bottom-up process toward regional assemblies in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe and culminating in the Global Week of Action from 16 to 25 September 2022.

The 2022 People´s Assemblies TOOLKIT is available here, you can also download it here. It is also available in French and Spanish.

 GCAP mobilises to demand an end to the rising poverty and hunger situation arising out of the COVID pandemic, inequalities, climate change and lately the war and inflation, ensuring free and universal vaccination & social protection linking to Agenda 2030. Hashtags:  #PeoplesAssembly #Act4SDGs and #FliptheScript

Global People’s Assembly 2021

The Global People’s Assembly took place from September 21-23 2021. Inputs from the 19 sessions of the Global People´s Assembly and the outcomes of National People´s Assemblies in 28 countries, obtained through bottom-up processes, resulted in a Global People´s Assembly Declaration (also available in Spanish and French). The full recording of the Global People´s Assembly 2021 is available further below, a playlist with clips from Global People´s Assembly 2021 can be found here:   The Global People’s Assembly Objectives:

  1. Provide a platform for people’s voices from around the world that can feature at the forefront of the UNGA Summit – including national, constituency and regional People’s Assemblies from around the world.
  2. Review the impacts caused by COVID-19. Develop demands and actions –  including for the People’s Vaccine within  the context of the 2030 Agenda. Discuss the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement  and make recommendations.
  3. Bring the united voice of the Global People’s Assembly to the UN GA, governments and UN organisations
  4. Strengthen the cooperation between CSO networks for civil society actions and people’s movements

The Global People’s Assembly is based on local, constituency and national People’s Assemblies – in 28 countries:

The Global People´s Assembly was coordinated by GCAP  in cooperation with 30 regional and global networks. The Agenda of the Global People´s Assembly can be found here, the recordings in full length are available in the playlist below:

For more information on National People´s Assemblies, visit the main website –, where individuals and organizations were invited to submit additional inputs and where additional resources such as a social media toolkit is available. The main hashtag used: #PeoplesAssembly #Act4SDGs, see also the Trello Board with images.   28 National People´s Assemblies took place in 2021 across four continents:


Bangladesh – 26 September 2021 National People’s Assembly on SDGs Organised by Noakhali Rural Development Society/ GCAP Bangladesh Download the Agenda of the event here

Cambodia – 28 September 2021 Civil Society Dialogues/People’s Assembly Organised by Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC)/GCAP Cambodia Download here the result of the People’s Assembly   India – 28 September 2021 National People’s Assembly – bringing together voices from marginalized communities Organised by GCAP India/ Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA) Download the Charter of Demands here   Nepal – 17-28 September  2021 Global Goals Week with People´s Assembly Organised by NGO Federation of Nepal/ GCAP Nepal Download the concept note of the Global Goals Week here Pakistan – 23 September 2021 People´s Assembly on SDGs Organised by Pakistan Development Alliance/GCAP Pakistan Download the narrative report here   Philippines – 30 September 2021 People´s Assembly Organised by the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM)/ GCPA Philiipines Read the outcome document here   Sri Lanka – 30 September 2021 People´s Assembly Organised by SUNFO Peoples Movement/GCAP Sri Lanka The charter of demands is available here


Ghana – 27 September 2021 People’s Assembly to mark Global Week of Action 2021 Organised by Abibinsroma Foundation/GCAP Ghana Click here to download the final report

Mauritius – 17 September 2021 National Mobilisation – Global Week of Action 2021 Organised by Halley Movement and Pan-Mauritius CoalitionGCAP Mauritius Download the final report of the event here   Nigeria – 25 September 2021 National People´s Assembly Organised by NNNGO/GCAP Nigeria Download the narrative report here, the press release here, and an article in a national newspaper here.

Togo – 13-28 September 2021 Assemblies and workshops in the Global Week of Action 2021 Organised by GCAP Togo Download the narrative report here   Senegal – 22 September 2021 National People´s Assembly Organised by CAAPOST-2015 Senegal/GCAP Senegal Download the outcome report here and the resulting political position paper here   Kenya – 20-25 September 2021 Global Day of Action and People´s Assembly Organised by Ahadi Achievers Empowerment/GCAP Kenya Download the narrative report here.   Zambia – 21 September 2021 National People´s Assembly for a healthy, green and just recovery in Zambia Organised by Civil Society SDGs Campaign Zambia/ GCAP Zambia Download the progress report here

Latin America and the Caribbean

Argentina – 23 September 2021 National People´s Assembly Organised by PAMPA2030/ GCAP Argentina Download the narrative report here   El Salvador – 10 & 11 July 2021 National Encounter/Assembly Organised by Enlaces por la Sustentabilidad/GCAP El Salvador Download the report and declaration of the event here   Guatemala – 27 September 2021 Assembly to assess SDG implementation in Guatemala Organised by Tzuk Kim-pop/ GCAP Guatemala Download the narrative report here   Nicaragua – 28 October 2021 National Assembly Nicaragua Organised by RENICC/ GCAP Nicaragua Download the agenda here and the outcome document here


GCAP Constituency Group


Global – 22  September 2021 People´s Assembly of CDWD Organised by Social Justice DWD Task Force The recording of the event can be found here

  2020 People’s Assemblies


Resources: Toolkit for the 2020 Virtual People’s Assemblies

During the Global Week of Action (18-26 September) People’s Assemblies are being held in:


  • Bangladesh – 26 September 2020

National People’s Assembly Organised by GCAP Bangladesh Date: Sept 26, Time: tbc Contact, Abdul Awal @

  • Japan – 25 September 2020

· “Vegan SDGs Cake Event” in “Shinjuku Dialogue”, a cafe and meeting space. Discussion mainly targeting LGBTI communities · Workshop on Japan SDGs College. Workers and small farmers will participate among others. Organized by Japan Civil Society Netowrk on SDGs (GCAP Japan) Date: Sept 25, Time: tbc Contact, Masaki Inaba,

  • India – 24 September 2020

National People’s Assembly & Release of the 100 HotSpots Study Organised by Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (GCAP India) Date: 24 September 2020, 2.30 – 4 pm Indian Time Contact, Annie Namala @

WNTA thematic people’s assembly on Climate Action Date: 25 September 2020, 11-12 Indian Time

WNTA thematic people’s assembly on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions in Indian Context on the occasion of SDG week of action Date: 23 Sept 3 – 4 pm

  • Nepal – 25 September 2020

National SDGs Summit (National People’s Assembly) Organised by NGO Federation of Nepal (GCAP Nepal) Date: Sept 25, 2 pm – 4.30 pm Nepal time Contact, Arjun Bhattarai @ – see more info below

  • Pakistan – 24 September 2020

National People’s Assembly on SDGs Organised by Pakistan Development Alliance (GCAP Pakistan) Date: Sept 24, 10 am Islamabad time Contact Zia-Ur Rehman @ – see more info below

Charter of Demands: National People’s Assembly on SDGs in Pakistan 

People’s Assembly on SDGs and Human Rights: What now with COVID? Organised by GCAP Philippines Date: Sept 24, 4 – 6 pm Manila Time Contact, Beckie Malaya @ – see more info below

  • Sri Lanka – 26 September 2020

People’s Assembly for SDG fifth Anniversary Organised by SUNFO (GCAP Sri Lanka) Date: Sept 26, 9.15 am – 12.15 pm (Colombo Time Contact, Wije @ – see more info below


  • Ghana – 25 September 2020
  • Kenya – 25 September 2020
  • Malawi – 25 September 2020
  • Mali – 25 September 2020

  • Senegal – 24 September 2020

  • Tanzania – 25 September 2020
  • Uganda – 25 September 2020
  • Zambia – 25 September 2020 – Charter of Demands & Press Release
  • Zimbabwe – 25 September 2020


People’s Assemblies are also planned in 5 countries in Latin America and 7 countries in Europe.

2019 People’s Assembly

24 and 25 September 2019 parallel to the SDG Summit in the Church Center – opposite the UN, New York

People’s Assembly Declaration – 25 September 2019 –  EN | ES | FR | IT | SK

#PeoplesAssembly2019 | #StandTogetherNow

Download the People’s Assembly Program

While Heads of State met on 24 and 25 September 2019 for the SDG Summit to review the progress of Agenda 2030, 22 partners including GCAP organized a parallel People’s Assembly. The People’s Assembly brought together people’s representatives and civil society from around the world to give grassroots and marginalised people a voice. Most importantly, it was a space for all to jointly analyse the structural reasons for the injustices, act and plan for common future actions to create systemic change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. Civil society plays a key role in advocating and implementing much needed change and to work on the structural causes of poverty and inequalities. However, we are being threatened and civic space to work is dwindling. Civil Society must fight back together and reclaim our space. We are at the crossroads, as inequality has risen to unsustainable levels and climate change is causing incalculable damage. We can implement change or continue with the status quo. We are determined to act to save the planet and humanity, particularly ensure that no one is left behind. To galvanise people’s voice across the world, we organised a Global Week of Action from 20 – 27 September together with partners, with joint mobilizations and mass actions across movements & borders for Voice – Equality – Climate and Environmental Justice – #StandTogetherNow The main themes of the People’s Assembly were

  1. Civic Space (voices)
  2. Inequalities
  3. Climate and Environmental Justice

The objectives of the People’s Assembly were to:

  1. Bring the “People’s Voices” to the fore at the SDG Summit
  2. Strategize to reclaim civil society space
  3. Discuss the implementation of Agenda 2030 and make recommendations for a stronger accountability mechanism
  4. Strengthen the cooperation with various CSO networks and INGOs for civil society actions and people’s movement

The Political Declaration was approved by the Heads of State on 24 September 2019. The People’s Assembly has taken the opportunity to make an alternative declaration2019 Global People’s Assembly Partners:

  • Asia Dalits Rights Forum
  • PACJA – Pan African Climate Justice Alliance
  • Major Group for Children and Youth
  • Women’s Major Group
  • NGO Major Group
  • Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD)
  • ActionAid
  • Bread for the World, Germany
  • Gray Panthers
  • CPDE – CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness
  • Forus
  • Global Policy Forum
  • TAP Network
  • Centre for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)
  • SDG Watch Europe
  • Heinrich Boell Foundation Washington, DC
  • Climate, Land, Ambition and Rights Alliance (CLARA)
  • Trust Africa


Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)

Financial contributors:

ActionAid, Bread for the World, Heinrich Boell Foundation Washington, DC, VOICE, EU and contributions from several other of the partners.


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