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Global Call to Action Against Poverty - Letter to His Holiness Pope Francisco

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September 16, 2015


LETTER - We turn to His Holiness to ask for your support on an issue that we consider of great importance and which, if not corrected, it will adversely affect the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters in the coming years.

We are the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP its acronym in English or White Band), the largest civil society movement working for an end to poverty and inequality. The GCAP was born in 2003 and is present in over a hundred countries.

The GCAP, before the expected approval at the UN in late September 2015 of the next Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), is deeply concerned as it has not been included, to ensure the implementation of the SDG, the creation of an International Panel for the eradication of Poverty and Inequality. This Panel would allow civil society, science and other social actors to analyze in depth the national and global situations and propose the most effective policies for the eradication of poverty and inequality.

We ask that, in the same way that we have the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and during the restructuring that is taking place at the UN,an Intergovernmental Panel for the Eradication of Poverty and Inequality should be created or the necessary capacity should be built in an existing entity, in order to periodically make proposals to each country, each region and to the worldOf little worth will fragile SDG commitments to poverty be if there is no monitoring body to hold accountable those who violate them.

We consider vital to involve in this work scientists, civil society organizations (of which the Church is a part), representatives of national governments and multilateral institutions, in order to assess whether the political and means for implementation that are being put in place are really the most effective ways of tackling the causes of poverty, inequality and environmental impact. The creation of this necessary interface has indeed been claimed in various resolutions of the UN General Assembly.

Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2000 should have been achieved in 2015. This has not been the case "due to lack of political will and lack of accountability mechanisms" (Ban Ki-moon). In 2015 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are to be approved, but unfortunately we have very uncommitted targets and we lack of the mechanisms or institutions that would make serious and legitimate proposals on policies and means of implementation to ensure the achievement of the new goals. We must prevent the Sustainable Development Goalsfrom failing due to the same reasons as the MDG.

This GCAP proposal has been supported by intergovernmental organizations like the Millennium Campaign of United Nations and by important institutions within the Catholic Church; this proposal has been sent to the Vatican Secretariat of State by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, at the request of the General Commission for Justice and Peace in Spain. It was also supported in the last meeting of the Jesuit Provincials Conference of Latin America (CPAL) and it´s been supported by the OFM Franciscans in Rome.

We request to His Holiness your support to this proposal at the General Assembly of the United Nations, demanding the creation of an international organization that would fight for the eradication of poverty and for inequality reduction in accordance with your last encyclical "Laudato Sí".
You may find some documents attached in which we include more information for this proposal. We remain at your disposal in case further information may be requested or if you wish us to present this project in person.

Being extremely grateful for having your attention and hoping that this proposal enjoys your sympathy and serto advance to theconstruction of the new world, we await for your news.

Marta Benavides
Co-Chair de GCAP

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Miguel Gorospe ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Jorge Serrano ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )  


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