Inter-agency EGM on the Implementation of the Third UN Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2018-2027)


In its 2022 Action Plan, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) has decided to “address poverty and inequality and leave no one behind in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic” as a first area to act upon in 2022. Mainstreaming work on poverty eradication and addressing inequalities into UN DESA’s work streams as appropriate are key areas to be considered. UN DESA plans to leverage the Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2018-2027) to accelerate coordination action in these areas to support Member States in achieving the SDGs.

The Division for Inclusive Social Development of UN DESA is organizing an inter-agency expert group meeting on “The Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2018-2027)”, to be held virtually, from 16 to 18 May 2022, as part of the preparations for the seventy-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly and to contribute to the above key action of UN DESA. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together experts from the United Nations system, government, academia, think thanks, as well as civil society organizations to discuss key questions related to the implementation of the United Nations system-wide plan of action for the Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty, including the role that United Nations system can play to accelerate global actions for a world without poverty. In particular, they will:

  1. review the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia- Ukraine conflict on the achievement of the SDGs, in particular poverty eradication, decent work and inequality reduction;
  2. reflect on progress made and the gaps and challenges toward ending poverty and reducing structural inequalities everywhere by 2030;
  3. share country perspectives on better support from the United Nations system;
  4. review lessons learnt from designing and implementing poverty eradication strategies at various levels that can be leveraged to spur further progress in those countries or regions lagging further behind and to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  5. discuss financing poverty eradication efforts, especially those that should be applied to low- and middle-income countries;
  6. review the progress made by the UN system to get countries back on track and accelerate the implementation of the SWAP; and
  7. propose inclusive social policies for a sustainable, inclusive and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerating poverty eradication to effectively implement the Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2018–2027).

The meeting will allow a robust exchange of ideas that contribute to achieving the objectives of the Third Decade. Invited experts will present global and regional recent trends in poverty and inequality, progress, gaps and challenges as well as good practices at the country level and among UN system entities. The interaction will foster the identification of actionable social and economic policies as well as encourage greater inter- agency convergence and collaboration within the United Nations system in sharing knowledge, promoting policy dialogue, facilitating synergies, mobilizing funds, providing technical assistance to Member States in the key policy and programmatic areas underlying the overarching objective of the 2030 Agenda of poverty eradication.


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SWAP Poverty 2018-2027


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