This session is the first of the sessions to look in-depth into one of the SDGs but at the same time not losing sight of inter-linkages among the rest of the SDGs. The session will examine interlinkages and implication for policy-making and implementation to realize this goal bearing in mind in particular that to eradicate poverty, its causes and manifestations must be fully understood and addressed. Poverty eradication can only be achieved when interconnected factors are addressed together. Such factors include inclusive growth, livelihoods and decent work, social protection, access to basic infrastructure and services, food security, nutrition, health, education, empowerment of women and girls, environmental sustainability, governance and more equitable access to opportunities and distribution of income and wealth. Poverty eradication demands cross-cutting, coherent initiatives that make people less vulnerable, reduce the risks of setbacks, break patterns of discrimination, and enable all women and men to fully participate and benefit from economic growth. Concerted effort is needed to tackle the most prevalent and reoccurring constraints to eradicating poverty and these will be examined by a panel of experts that will facilitate an interactive discussion among all participants at the meeting and provide recommendations to policy-makers based on latest information and data, as well as experiences and lessons learned that have worked in a number of countries.
Proposed guiding questions:
- Extreme poverty, as well as poverty measured by national definitions, has fallen in many countries over the last decade. Will these approaches continue to be successful in achieving SDG 1, or do things need to change? If so, how?
- There is hardly any SDG which is not connected to the objective of eradicating poverty for all time and for all people. Which of the other SDGs, in your opinion, would be the most effective in accelerating progress towards SDG 1?
- What are your top three recommendations for helping reach SDG 1?
- H.E. Mr. Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, President of Economic and Social Council
- Ms. Carolina Sanchez-Paramo, World Bank
- Prof. Martin Ravallion, Edmond D. Villani Professor of Economics, Georgetown University
- Mr. Yang Zhi, Mayor of Jingzhou, China
- Mr. Yaw Ansu, Chief Economist, African Center for Economic Transformation Ghana
- Prof. Janet Gornick, Professor, Political Science and Director, Stone Center on Socio Economic Inequality, CUNY
- Ms. Deborah Greenfield, Deputy Director-General for Policy, International Labour Organization
- Mr. Wellington Chibebe, Deputy General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
Deputy General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Mayor of Jingzhou, China
Chief Economist, African Center for Economic Transformation Ghana
Senior Director, Poverty & Equity Global Practice, World Bank
Deputy Director-General for Policy, International Labour Organization
Professor, Political Science and Director, Stone Center on Socio Economic Inequality, CUNY
Edmond D. Villani Professor of Economics, Georgetown University