Calling on the U.N.
See below statement I just delivered at the U.N. In New York, I was asked to speak as a civil society representative at the High Level Dialogue on Financing for Development on behalf of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty /CIVICUS. It seemed to be positively received with the representative of Brazil supporting the statement and the need for systemic change in the global financial...
Ali G in the USA Ayeeei!! Booyakasha!
Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, You can be that...– Nelson Mandela, MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY 2005: People all over the world are responding to this call to action.
People power to end poverty
People power to end poverty As I sit here at my computer in New York, as part of a team of people tasked with verifying millions of people who have joined the annual Stand Up and Take Action Mobilization, I am struck with with an overwhelming sense of hope, seeing powerful images of people uniting. Men, women, children, rich, poor, young and old from all walks of life coming together. These are...
We need to move now to “yes we can, yes we must and yes we will
SURVIVAL IS NOT NEGOTIABLE– As the G20 discusses the financial package needed to deliver a fair and binding deal at the Copenhagen Summit in December, we must call on our leaders to recognise that the issue of human survival cannot be a point of compromise. It is time for urgent action to protect people and the planet.
G20 Pittsburgh: Hope lost?
Having arrived in Pittsburgh, there is a strange feeling on the streets, people have deserted the city, and police and military personnel circulate as far as the eye can see. A summit which many hoped would address the challenges of growing economic insecurity and climate change may have been hijacked by the issue of an Iran Nuclear threat.
G8 Promises Not kept: Abandoning a World in Crises
All we are hearing form this summit is extremely discouraging, if we do not receieve real solutions to tackling the moral crises: economic collapse, poverty and climate change; then history will judge us harshly as generations are lost….
GCAP, AWAAZ and GCCA Present Petition to Brown
Kumi Naidoo this morning along with youth activists within the Global Call for Climate Action, presented an e-petition supporting the TCKTCKTCK Campaign to Gordon Brown, calling on G8 leaders to agree firm porposals which will pave the way for a deal at copenhagen. Gordon Brown was also called upon to reaffirm G8 participation in the Copenhagen summit, with clear porposals which can help...
G8 Communique - G8 Leaders Abandon a World in...
GCAP RESPONSE TO G8 COMMUNIQUE The Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) condemned the G8 development communiqué, calling it utterly lacking in constructive solutions and falling to recognize the depths of the global poverty, climate and economic crises. GCAP has called on G8 leaders, to hear the cries of people living on the brink, and recognize that while they dine lavishly, over 1...
Plan A has Failed……Lets try Plan A again!– G8 Leaders Approach
What we see from G8 leaders today is a complete failure of moral leadership. The...– GCAP
GCAP Press Conference
It is 3.30 on tuesday and we have just hosted a GCAP Press Conference, it has been extremely succesful and journalists are keen to speak with GCAP organisations including partners of GCAP Italy and international NGO members such as Oxfam, Action Aid and the Global Call for Climate Action. Kumi is speaking along with other representatives from Africa, as well as GCAP Italy, WWF and the Global...
Ariving at G8 Venue
We have now arrived at L’Aquilla after leaving Chieti at 6am, it is baking hot, 40degrees and we will be working in media tents, there are around 200 civil society accredited as media. We all fear that the G8 leaders will not take the actions that are urgently needed. To bring people together, GCAP is hosting a press conference, we are hoping we can be stronger toghether as civil society...
GCAP's greatest strength
We have arrived in Chieti, organised forms of citizen participation in the G8 including NGOs and other groups are all staying 90Km from the G8 venue in an army training camp village. we are sharing dorm rooms and each day will be travelling 2 hours morning and evening from our accomodation to the G8 venue in L’Aquilla. After a 4 hours drive to Chieti from Rome, in a car packed with campaign...
The real solutions.......
As I sit in the civil G8, I am amazed at the powerful ideas I am hearing from citizen organisations and activists from all over the world, so many of the solutions are here, why do our leaders not listen to the voices of ordinary poeple who understand the challenges in their own communities, and what is needed to overcome the crises embroiling the world.
It started with a bomb scare..........
I have only just set off to travel to the G8 summit in L’Aquilla Italy, my initial fear was traveling to an area recently hit by an Earthquake, with a high likelihood of aftershocks, however this was quickly replaced when a bomb scare led to closure at Edinburgh airport. After missing baggage, running for flights and arriving in Rome at 4am, I was physically exhausted, but excited to meet...
Be the change you want to see in the world We cannot leave it to our...– Mahatma Gandhi