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20 JAN 2016

Struggles for a better world are threatened by inequality crisis - new alliance

As the world’s rich and powerful gather in Davos for the World Economic Forum, an alliance of top international charities, human rights campaigners, women’s rights groups, green groups, civil society organisations and trade unions has come together to fight the growing crisis of inequality.

In a joint statement, the alliance, including ActionAid, Amnesty International, Oxfam, Greenpeace and the International Trade Union Confederation warns that growing inequality threatens progress on development, environment, women’s rights and human rights.

The alliance statement says ‘Struggles for a better world are all threatened by the inequality crisis that is spiralling out of control. Across the world, we are seeing the gap between the richest and the rest reach extremes not seen in a century.’

Bringing together powerful global networks and campaigning capacity, the organisations are committed to working together to fight for changes to tackle inequality globally and in countries across the world, and to reach out to others to build a global movement to counterbalance the power and influence of the 1 per cent.

‘Extreme inequality is also frequently linked to rising restrictions on civic space and democratic rights. The right to peaceful protest and the ability of citizens to challenge the prevailing economic discourse is being curtailed almost everywhere.

‘Even the future of our planet is dependent on ending this great divide, with the carbon consumption of the 1 per cent as much as 175 times that of the poorest.

‘We choose to imagine a better world than this, where everyone’s human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled. We believe humanity has the talent, technology, and brilliance to build that better world, where the interests of the majority are put first. And we believe the time has come to fight for it together.’

The signatories also include the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, global civil society alliance CIVICUS, faith-based networks ACT alliance and CIDSE.

Note to editors

The full statement is available here