CPDE representatives participated in the People’s Assembly organised by the Global Call To Action Against Poverty parallel to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit on September 24 to 25, 2019.
The assembly aimed to bring the “People’s Voices” to the fore at the Summit, strategize to reclaim civil society space, discuss the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement and make recommendations for a stronger accountability mechanism, and strengthen the cooperation with various CSO networks for civil society actions and people’s movement.
CPDE Co-Chair Beverly Longid spoke on the civic space for indigenous peoples, while CPDE Special Emissary for the Belgrade Call to Action Emele Duituturaga will facilitate the plenary with people’s pepresentatives and representatives from UN and UN member states.
CPDE representatives highlighted the need to address the pattern of shrinking civic space, as stipulated under the Belgrade Call to Action. CPDE is one of 21 organisations behind the People’s Assembly.
CPDE also joined thousands of of people’s movements and organisations, and millions of people across the globe in signing the People’s Assembly Declaration, where they identified our world’s most urgent challenges, and demanded world leaders to take action on four global priorities which affect every living creature on the planet: Peace and Conflict, Climate and Environment, Inequality, Decent Work and Descent.
“People all over the world, in every country, every day, suffer from the overlapping impacts of inequality, poverty, violence, discrimination, militarisation, environmental degradation and a shrinking of their rights.
We call on the Governments across the world to meet our demands with urgency and political determination. We call on Governments to meet and deliver on the global commitments made in 2015 in relation to the Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, WPS Agenda (1325) and deliver on the 2030 Agenda. It is imperative that Governments address the interconnectedness of these agreements including agreements on financing,” the statement read.
Photos of People’s Assembly Protest and of Beverly Longid by Oli Henman and Action for Sustainable Development