EGM on “Eradicating Rural Poverty to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises to leave no-one behind and reaching the furthest behind first. Meeting this ambitious development agenda requires visionary policies for sustainable, inclusive, sustained and equitable economic growth, supported by full employment and decent work for all, social integration, declining inequality, rising productivity and a favorable international environment. In the 2030 Agenda, Goal 1 recognizes that ending poverty in all its forms everywhere is the greatest global challenge facing the world today and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

While remarkable progress has been made over the past decade in such areas as job creation, gender equality, education and health care, social protection measures, agriculture and rural development, and climate change adaptation and mitigation, the pace of progress has been insufficient and uneven to fully meet the Sustainable Development Goals and targets by 2030. Countries continue to face major challenges to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda despite strong economic growth. Key among them are unacceptably high levels of poverty, especially in rural areas; high and worsening inequality in many countries; unemployment; the uneven impact of new technologies; and the ongoing effects of climate change and natural disasters. In light of these concerns, the General Assembly, at its seventy-third session, adopted a new resolution entitled “Eradicating rural poverty to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (A/RES/73/244). This resolution highlights the imperative to eradicate poverty in rural and remote areas to ensure that no one is left behind and reiterates the urgent need to accelerate the pace of rural poverty eradication.

The Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its seventy-fourth session a report on the status of the implementation of and follow-up to this resolution in order to identify the gaps and challenges faced in rural poverty eradication, especially in developing countries. In view of this, the Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on the “Eradicating rural poverty to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The meeting will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 27 February to 1 March 2019.

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