Global civil society platform co-chair makes case for rebuilding society post-COVID-19

 
NEW YORK - May 15, 2020 - PRLog -- "It's time to think of ways to rebuild our economy and society," argued CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) Co-Chair and IPMSDL Global Coordinator Beverly Longid, in her message at the opening session of the 19th Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) Steering Committee Meeting last May 11, 2020.

GEPDC is a platform composed of states, international organisations and CSO representatives, parliaments, local governments, the private sector, foundations, and trade unions. The CPDE, a platform that unites civil society organisations (CSOs) on the issue of EDC, is the CSO representative in the GPEDC.

"Let us take this as a moment for rethinking the socioeconomic model responsible for existing levels of poverty and inequality, driven by governments neglecting to invest in universal social protection, health, and other public services," she added.

The 19th GEPDC Steering Committee meeting aimed to present the context for the 2020-2022 GPEDC Work Programme, especially in the face of challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Longid, responding to the current injustices entails "making sure that no person is deprived of their human rights." Her message highlighted three points for moving forward in the next two years, to deliver the 2030 Agenda, drawing from the CPDE Co-Chairs' letter to the GPEDC.

She said, "Donors must seize this chance to meet or even exceed their 0.7% commitment." For developing countries with significant coronavirus outbreaks, she opined that more resources, not simply a reallocation of existing funds, are severely needed to combat the pandemic's effects.

Following reports of authoritarian measures implemented as a so-called response to this public health crisis, Longid also called for a firm and clear message from the GPEDC to decry any attempt to consolidate authoritarian power in these trying times: "Human rights cannot be locked down and the right to free expression cannot be quarantined."

Finally, Longid cited the experience of Cordillera Peoples' Alliance (CPA), an indigenous-led civil society organisation in the Philippines conducting humanitarian relief efforts for communities affected by lockdowns. CPA was reportedly terrorist-tagged in social media by police and military agents after exposing the latter's use of army resources for counter-insurgency measures amid the COVID-19 crisis.

She said, "States, and other development stakeholders must continue to address the shrinking civic space and heightened political repression, and fulfill their commitments in fostering an enabling environment for civil society."

Longid ended her remarks by reminding everyone of the need for humanity and compassion, greater social solidarity, and looking after each other, through COVID-19 and beyond.

Learn more about CPDE through www.csopartnership.org, and about IPMSDL, through www.ipmsdl.org. #

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