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ECOSOC Integration Segment: Making eradication of poverty an integral objective of all policies

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes poverty as the “greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.”

To eradicate it, coordinated efforts must be undertaken to build on the achievements realized so far and to prevent current and future challenges from jeopardizing further progress.

There are still over 800 million people living on less than $1.90 a day, the international poverty line, and 10% of the world’s workers and their families are poor, a sign that access to a job is not enough to escape poverty. At the same time, inequality has been rising and can hinder progress in the fight against poverty.

The 2017 ECOSOC Integration Segment takes place from 8 – 10 May 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. It provides a platform for dialogue and exchange of views by Member States, the UN system, ECOSOC subsidiary bodies, and other relevant stakeholders – such as NGOs, academia and the private sector – on best practices and lessons learned in efforts to address poverty. Policy recommendations will be extracted to guide integrated policy-making for the eradication of poverty in all its dimensions as an integral part of the 2030 Agenda.

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