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    The Debt Crisis One Year After the Gleneagles G8

    Africa Action

    2006-07-06, Issue 262

    Last year, leaders of the world's economic powers proclaimed that 2005 would be the "year for Africa" and gathered at the annual Group of 8 (G8) meetings to create a plan to address the continent's challenges. Debt cancellation figured prominently on...

    Africa: Was the 'aid year' worth it?

    2006-01-04, Issue 236

    There has never been a year like it. In 2005 people campaigned in more than 80 countries to "make poverty history". Yet, gloomy figures emerged at the UN General Assembly meeting in September when the "Millennium Development Goals" were reviewed. On ...

    Africa: White Band Day 3 updates

    2006-01-04, Issue 236

    The latest White Band Day 3 took place in December. Here are some of the updates about events that took place all over Africa. * South Africa: A big rally was organized in South Africa on 10 December to highlight trade injustice as a violation of ...

    Africa: GCAP review

    2006-01-05, Issue 236

    GCAP is conducting an external review of its past activities in 2005 in order to feed the discussion at the next International Facilitation Group meeting in March, 2006. The external review period will commence on January 16th and end on February 13t...

    South Africa: GCAP - External Consultants

    2005-12-13, Issue 234

    The congruence of G8 Summit in Scotland, the UN World Summit + 5 and WTO Ministerial Meeting in Hong Kong and the revisions of Beijing + 5 and Cairo + 5 led to 2005 being seen as a landmark year in relation to the 2000 Millennium Declaration and the ...

    Global: White Band Day 3 - GCAP campaigners around the world put spotlight on trade justice

    2005-12-13, Issue 234

    On 10 December, three days before the opening of the WTO Ministerial in Hong Kong, Global Call to Action against Poverty campaigners across five continents mobilized to demand that the World Trade Organisation Ministerial delivers trade justice for t...

    Global: GCAP Hong Kong update

    2005-12-14, Issue 234

    Today (December 13) marked the opening of the WTO, with actions inside the building and on the street. For GCAP it was an eventful day. The morning began with the publication of the Nelson Mandela adverts in the Financial Times Asia and the South Chi...

    Global: Trade union body renews support for fight against poverty

    2005-12-15, Issue 234

    The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), the world’s largest trade union body, today (December 11) reiterated its support for the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), the world’s largest anti-poverty campaign. Speaking a...

    Global: GCAP consultation

    2005-12-05, Issue 233

    In January 2005 at the World Social Forum a Global Call to Action against Poverty was launched to encourage campaigners to mobilize at key moments of 2005. Many active campaigners of GCAP have decided to continue to unite in solidarity beyond 2005. S...

    Global: White Band Day 3

    2005-12-06, Issue 233

    On December 10th, White Band Day 3, millions of people will unite in solidarity against trade injustice. Join the largest anti-poverty campaign in history and help us put the Spotlight on Trade Injustice. We need the World Trade Organization to deliv...

    Zambia: Campaign interview with Honourable Dipak Patel, Zambia’s Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry

    2005-12-08, Issue 233

    The Zambian National Civil Society MDG/GCAP Campaign is holding a special interview with Zambia's Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry - Honourable Dipak Patel who is also chairperson for the least developed countries delegation at the WTO. The ...

    Global: GCAP scoops IPS award

    2005-12-08, Issue 233

    The Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), described as the world's largest anti-poverty coalition, is the recipient of the 2005 International Achievement Award for Excellence in Communication given by Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency. Co...

    Global: Message for the World Trade Organisation from Nelson Mandela

    2005-12-08, Issue 233

    In Hong Kong there is a chance to make decisions that will lift billions of people out of poverty. Trade can be part of the solution to poverty but at the moment it’s part of the problem. More than 31 million people around the world have joined the Global Call to Action Against Poverty this year and they will not give up until poverty is ended. Hong Kong is a chance that must not be missed. The whole world will be watching. I thank you....

    Zambia: Road show making a Big Noise for Making Trade Fair

    2005-11-29, Issue 232

    “It is time that the double standards and the rigged rules of global trade is changed to work for all, not just for a few powerful and rich nations” said Irene Banda, from a popular trade campaigning Zambian organisation. “We have mobilized more than...

    Global: Ross regrets his silence over 'patronising' Live8

    2005-11-29, Issue 232

    Five months ago, Jonathan Ross was the media anchorman for the Live8 Concert in Hyde Park where a line-up of famous artists performed to raise awareness of Third World debt. But this weekend, the television presenter was sounding a rather different n...

    Africa/Global: GCAP wins international social justice award

    2005-11-29, Issue 232

    One of this year’s recipients of Solidar’s Silver Rose Award, which celebrates the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations active in the fight for social justice, was the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) campaign. Co-cha...

    Kenya: Campaign launched to demand fair world trade

    2005-12-01, Issue 232

    The Kenya Civil Society Coalition on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has launched a campaign for a common platform to secure trade justice for Africa. At the forthcoming World Trade Organisation (WTO) Inter-Ministerial Conference, slated between December 13 and 18, the Global Call for Action Against Poverty (GCAP- Kenya), urges that the delegation to represent Kenya at the talks and put emphasis on the country’s right to food security and freedom from dumping. ...

    Global: Lesson for Life

    2005-12-01, Issue 232

    Organised by the Global Movement for Children and supported by the World AIDS Campaign and the Global Call to Action against Poverty, Lesson for Life, is a 'lesson' on HIV, AIDS and the effect of the crisis on chidren. In 2004, 67 countries from all ...

    Global: Decent work and respect for workers' rights key ingredients in the poverty-reduction recipe

    2005-11-23, Issue 231

    A Commonwealth People's Forum Symposium on the Global Call to Action Against Poverty today (November 22) called on Commonwealth governments to take decisive action to place job creation and decent work at the heart of...

    White Band Day 3: What we are Doing and Why?

    2005-11-25, Issue 231

    The first two white band days, and two of the three major international political opportunities for the Global Call to Action against Poverty are over. Our attention now turns to the WTO ministerial meeting in Hong Kong in December, and to the run-up...

    Demand trade justice for the world's poor

    2005-11-25, Issue 231

    Do you want trade justice for the world's poor at the WTO in Hong Kong in December? Do you want millions of people to be given a chance to trade their way out of poverty? On the 13th December the World Trade Organisation will meet in Hong Kong. As re...

    Sugar reform in the common agricultural policy

    2005-11-25, Issue 231

    At the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 22-24th November, Ministers from the 25 EU member states will decide on the future of the current EU sugar regime that is due to expire in 2006. Before the 25 Ministers is a proposal from the Commission outlining their proposed changes to the regime. In summary the main changes are:...

    GCAP news from Hong Kong civil society

    2005-11-25, Issue 231

    Many trade unions and civil society organisations are making their voices heard as governments prepare to gather in Hong Kong for the 6th Ministerial meeting of the WTO this December. The ITF does this mainly through the International Confederation o...

    Africa: Re-affirming our commitment in the fight against poverty and injustice

    Communiqué issued at the Africa GCAP Consultation held in Harare, Zimbabwe from 7-10 November, 2005.

    2005-11-16, Issue 230

    More than 40 representatives of youth, women’s networks, national coalitions and faith-based organizations organized in Africa under the Global Call to Action against Poverty, and representing NGOs and civil society organizations gathered in Harare ...

    The road to the WTO: Fair Trade Alternatives

    2005-11-16, Issue 230

    Leading up to the December 2005 World Trade Organization's (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong, Pambazuka News will examine some of the issues regarding the WTO as it affects Africa. This week we look at the concept of alternatives to free trad...

    Africa: Fair Trade and Free Trade in Africa

    2005-11-10, Issue 229

    Leading up to the December 2005 World Trade Organization's (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong, Pambazuka News will examine some of the issues regarding the WTO as it affects Africa. This week we look at the concept of fair trade and compare it to the free trade agenda that predominates in Africa....

    Africa: December 2005 - determined, dedicated and diverse dimensions to direct action for justice, human rights and equality

    2005-11-10, Issue 229

    In just ten weeks, the fifth year of the new millennium will be behind us, and what a year it has been! We have seen environmental tragedy and the world’s political leaders failing to act decisively, but we have also seen determined and dedicated action by campaigners focused on ending global poverty. By Kumi Naidoo, chair of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP). ...

    Africa: On the road to Hong Kong: Agriculture in Africa

    2005-11-02, Issue 228

    Leading up to the December 2005 World Trade Organization's (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong, Pambazuka News is examining some of the issues regarding the WTO as it affects Africa. This week we look at agriculture in Africa....

    South Africa: CSOs demand a development agenda at WTO

    2005-11-03, Issue 228

    On October 26, South African Civil Society Organisations held a caucus to support their government’s position on trade and to make their policy demands. At a meeting that included the South African GCAP arm, SANGOCO, church organizations, and labour movements, and well-known GCAP personalities Chien Yen and Hellen Wangusa, the CSOs stated their demands on Agriculture, Non Agricultural Market Access (NAMA), Services, and Development. They demanded that their government must ensure that development policy drives trade policy and not vice versa....

    * Ethiopian security forces arrest GCAP activist

    2005-11-03, Issue 228

    The Global Call to Action against Poverty has expressed its alarm at the arrest of Ato Daniel Bekele, a GCAP activist and the Policy, Research and Advocacy Manager for Action Aid Ethiopia. On Tuesday November 1 at around 8 pm, Ethiopian security forces went to Bekele's house and arrested him without charge. Fikre Zewdie, a fellow activist who visited Bekele and saw him across the fence of the prison gate reports that he is in good health, although he continues to be held without charge and incommunicado. ...

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