EGM on Strategies for Eradicating Poverty to achieve Sustainable Development for All, 8-11 May 2017

Strategies for Eradicating Poverty to achieve Sustainable Development for AllThe Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on “Strategies for Eradicating Poverty to achieve Sustainable Development for All“, aims to make specific policy recommendations on effective strategies for eradicating poverty in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to evaluate the implementation of the Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017). Given this is the policy year for the two-year cycle of the Commission for Social Development, the meeting will build on the outcomes of the 55th session of the Commission that reviewed strategies that countries have implemented to eradicate poverty.

The meeting will seek to highlight innovative approaches and strategies that have proven to be successful in reducing poverty at the global, regional and national levels. The meeting also aims to deepen the understanding of myriad challenges that impede progress in reducing poverty, and address their linkages with poverty eradication strategies. The meeting will also review institutional mechanisms that support coherent and coordinated implementation of poverty eradication strategies within the context of the 2030 Agenda.

All of the above will facilitate the deliberations of the Commission for Social Development at its fifty sixth session as well as the 72nd session of the General Assembly. Experts will have the opportunity to engage in open and inclusive discussions through various sessions. To accomplish these objectives, the meeting will bring together experts from academia, national governments, civil society, and the UN system. The first two days will be devoted to examining policies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all while the second segment of the EGM will be dedicated to reviewing the implementation of the Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty, including the UN system-wide Plan of Action on the Decade.

The system-wide plan of action seeks to promote greater awareness about the decent work agenda as an effective development strategy element for poverty eradication, strengthen capacity building, share good practices in promoting employment and decent work at the national and international levels, and support the integration of decent work towards poverty eradication into national and international policies and programmes.

Presentations by the invited experts will focus on several key questions that include the following:

1. What kind of social and economic policies and activities have to be central to policy making and programmatic interventions in order to deliver on the new global agenda,
particularly the overarching objective of poverty eradication?
2. What are the global and regional factors that continue to undermine progress in eradicating poverty?
3. What institutional setups or mechanisms are best suited at ensuring policy coherence and coordination to end poverty in all its forms, including extreme poverty, both at the international and national levels?
4. What are effective strategies to mobilize resources (both international and domestic) for eradicating poverty? What strategies were applied to identify innovative sources of financing to fight poverty?
5. How have countries been addressing the challenge of youth unemployment and what kind of strategies have been implemented to give young people, including young women, everywhere a real chance to find decent and productive work?
6. How effective have been policies and strategies adopted by countries to address structural constraints faced by women, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons and indigenous groups as economic agents and to remove barriers that prevent these groups from being full participants in the economy?
7. To what extent have relevant organizations of the United Nations system, within their respective mandates and resources, able to support countries in strengthening their social and macroeconomic policy capacity and national development strategies so as to contribute to achieving the objectives of the Second Decade?

Final Report: Key Messages and Recommendations of the Expert Group Meeting

Aide Memoire
List of Participants
Expert Biographies




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