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GCAP started its journey in 2005 gathering together a huge number of civil society organizations and social movements to fight poverty in the world and monitoring the achievement of MDGs. Ten years after, the Global Assembly decided to do a fresh start – the New York Declaration was the first step of the New GCAP. During the following months the new strategy  has been approved and the electoral process set up the new regional and global responsibilities. The new Global Council of GCAP started to work at the end of July 2016 and elected Beckie Malay, Salina Sanou and Riccardo Moro as the new Co-Chairs.

 
This is the message from the Co-Chairs for the begin of the New GCAP:
 
Dear colleagues,
 
Human history shows how social commitment has been able to reach many fundamental steps across generations. Political actions taken by a large number of actors provided monumental victories against fundamental injustices such as slavery and apartheid. But still a strong engagement is needed to build a world of justice, democracy and peace.
 
GCAP played an important role in this action during the last decade. As a broad network of grassroots organizations all over the world, GCAP has a unique history of mobilizing millions of people to Stand Up and Take Action against poverty.  GCAP reached out to world leaders, governments, and the general public to take notice of the magnitude of poverty, expose the structures that allowed it to pervade, and find the ways for effectively eradicating it.
 
Ten years after, we face an even more daunting and challenging world. While economic growth in the last decade has resulted to millions being lifted from extreme poverty, this growth has ultimately made the rich richer and the poor, poorer. Hunger is still prevalent.  The distribution of wealth and opportunity is lopsided.  The environment has taken a severe beating from irresponsible consumption and extreme exploitation mainly by the North, causing southern countries to bear the brunt of climate change impacts.  Conflicts and violence have risen everywhere, complicated further by the terrorism and radicalization. The world is wreaked with wars that have resulted in mass migration, humanitarian crises, and untold uncertainties for the next generation.
 
Whatever solutions we proposed then have not resulted in the world we want.
The need to build “the world we want” is an urgent call. This means that GCAP’s original call of “Fighting Poverty, Promoting Equality” must be translated to working for justice. It means fighting inequality by addressing economic and fiscal justice, tackling social and gender exclusion, demanding climate justice and seeking the just resolution of political conflicts.
 
Agenda 2030 and SDGs, with other relevant spaces, are significant opportunities to develop this commitment. But institutional spaces for participation and technical tools are not enough.  We will be successful only by working together.  We do need to share talents, energy and passion.  We will walk together with all GCAP grassroots constituencies that everyday work hard in building communities of peace, justice and equity, and with all new friends all over the world willing to share this commitment.
 
We thank all the people who engaged themselves in GCAP’s struggle for justice. From every activist at the grass roots level everywhere in the world, to the former Global Chairs who in the past took the responsibility to lead our journey. We will follow their steps. We are honored to do it working together, with the members of the Global Council, our Secretariat and the countless faces of national coalition members, constituencies of feminists and socially-excluded people and  civil society partners. As co-Chairs of the new GCAP we may not always have the answers or solutions to all the problems but we promise to work tirelessly together to ensure that ‘no one is left behind’. We seek to bring about transformational change among the citizens that we work with and we rely on the support of all to ensure that this happens and that the planet will be a healthy and peaceful place for all to live in.
 
  
Beckie Malay              Salina Sanou              Riccardo Moro
 

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