Montreal Declaration and Plan of Action
This civil society declaration was presented on September 7th at the 2012 CIVICUS World Assembly by GCAP Representative Rajiv Joshi in Montreal, Canada.
Our world has reached a tipping point. We stand on the edge of a precipice; time is running out. We need to organize and act decisively to assert the fundamental human rights of all people. We call for bold and concrete steps towards a coherent framework that links the post-2015 process with the outcomes of Rio+20, most notably the intergovernmental open working group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We affirm the importance of connecting the environmental sustainability, human rights, and anti-poverty agendas, while emphasizing the necessity of our engagement in this political process.
We demand a rightful place at the table for civil society, and further resolve that the multilateral process on the post-2015 development agenda must be open, inclusive, transparent, consultative, and take the aspirations of people most affected by poverty and climate change, as expressed by those people themselves, as a starting point. This process must be founded on principles of social justice, solidarity, human dignity, and freedom, and be free from all forms of discrimination, including on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, religion, and culture. We demand the meaningful inclusion and participation of all sectors of society, with special regard to socially excluded communities, at all stages of this process, including its negotiations and implementation.
We call on civil society organizations, trade unions, women’s, peasants, indigenous, human rights, and social justice movements to come together to coordinate a global campaign that connects grassroots struggles with the arenas of privilege and power. We urge civil society globally to build a grassroots campaign that will determine the content of the demands and proposals we take forward to our partners in the United Nations system.
We conclude by reaffirming our overarching vision and goal for the “World We Want” beyond 2015: the eradication of poverty, the reversal of growing inequality, and the fulfillment of environmental sustainability and human rights.
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