High-level Segment of ECOSOC: Long term trends and scenarios

The afternoon session of the 2019 High-level Segment of ECOSOC will focus on future-oriented trends, projections and scenarios around the ECOSOC theme of “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. The theme encompasses several dimensions, including trends and scenarios related to inequality, and trends and scenarios related to participation of people in decision making.

The findings of the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2019 reveal that even though global economic growth appears stable, it is masking underlying risks and imbalances, and concealing fragilities and setbacks in many developing economies. Inequalities are growing, as many low-income earners have not seen any growth in their disposable income for many years and more than half the world population has no access to social protection. This situation pushes the targets of eradicating poverty and creating decent jobs for all further from reach, and also impacts the achievement of other SDGs.

This session will also address trends related to the empowerment of people, including the poorest and most vulnerable. It will aim to reflect on future trends related to inclusive institutions as well as trends related to ensuring responsive, inclusive, participatory and transparent decision-making. 

In addition, the session will also examine trends related to inequalities and the implications of rising inequality in the long run.

The report of the Secretary-General on the theme (E/2019/65) will provide background for the session. The discussions could draw upon relevant work on inequalities, institutions and participation. It could also include examples from the VNRs to identify driving forces behind inequalities (such as the impacts of conflict, migration, non-inclusive economic growth and environmental degradation), as well as trends in making public institutions more inclusive and participatory. 

Background note is available here

Proposed guiding questions:

  • How can future trends in economy, society, public institutions and technology be used to empower people and engage them in decision-making?

  • What do scenarios tell us about policy choices to ensure shared prosperity and empower people to live dignified lives?

  • What do inequalities mean for countries in special situations, including fragile countries and vulnerable groups?

Chair:

  • H. E. Ms. Inga Rhonda King, President of Economic and Social Council

Moderator:

  • Ms. Claire Melamed, Executive Director, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Resource persons:

  • Ms. Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Chair of the Committee of the Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), former Minister for the Public and Administration of South Africa, and Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University

  • Ms. Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD

  • Ms. Isabelle Pypaert-Perrin, Executive Director of the International Movement ATD Fourth World

  • Mr. Charles Kenny, Senior Fellow and the Director of Technology and Development, Center for Global Development

  • Ms. Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner Wales

Lead discussants:

  • Ms. Doreen Bogdan Martin, Director of the Development Bureau of International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

  • Ms. Paulette Metang, Executive President of Association Camerounaise pour la Prise en Charge des Personnes Agees, (MGoS)

Followed by interactive discussion

Concluding remarks:

  • Mr. Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Biographies
H.E. Ms. Inga Rhonda King
Seventy-Fourth President of the Economic and Social Council
H.E. Ms. Inga Rhonda King

Seventy-Fourth President of the Economic and Social Council

Her Excellency Inga Rhonda King, who comes to diplomacy from the private sector, has lived and worked in several Caribbean countries, the United States of America, and China. She is a small business owner, business strategist, the author of three books, and a management accountant with more than two decades of professional experience. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and chemistry, is the immediate past chair of the Investment Promotions Agency of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Invest SVG), and a former Honorary Consul for Portugal to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Since becoming Permanent Representative in September 2013, Ambassador King has held several leadership roles which include:

  • Chair/Spokesperson of L69 (2016 - present), the largest reform group for the Security Council Reform of the United Nations.
  • Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council for the period 2017-2018.
  • Chair of the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly of the 71st Session (2016 - 2017). At the time of her chairmanship, she was only the second woman to chair this committee in the history of the United Nations.
  • Immediate-past chair of the Island Women Open Network (IWON) (2014 - July 2018). The IWON is tasked with ensuring gender-mainstreaming in the renewable energy sector of Small Island Developing States by building capacity at the grassroots and community level. The IWON is a part of the SIDS DOCK Secretariat platform. SIDS Dock is a UN registered SIDS International Organization.

Mr. Charles Kenny
Senior Fellow and the Director of Technology and Development, Center for Global Development
Mr. Charles Kenny

Senior Fellow and the Director of Technology and Development, Center for Global Development

Charles Kenny is a senior fellow and the director of technology and development at the Center for Global Development. His current work focuses on gender and development, the role of technology in development, governance and anticorruption and the post-2015 development agenda. He has published articles, chapters and books on issues including what we know about the causes of economic growth, the link between economic growth and broader development, the causes of improvements in global health, the link between economic growth and happiness, the end of the Malthusian trap, the role of communications technologies in development, the ‘digital divide,’ corruption, and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. He is the author of the book "Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding, and How We Can Improve the World Even More" and “The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest is Great for the West.” He has been a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine and a regular contributor to Business Week magazine. Kenny was previously at the World Bank, where his assignments included working with the VP for the Middle East and North Africa Region, coordinating work on governance and anticorruption in infrastructure and natural resources, and managing a number of investment and technical assistance projects covering telecommunications and the Internet.

Charles Kenny keeps a personal blog at http://charleskenny.blogs.com

Mr. Elliott Harris
Assistant Secretary General Human and Social Development, CARICOM Secretariat
Mr. Elliott Harris

Assistant Secretary General Human and Social Development, CARICOM Secretariat

Mr. Harris brings over 25 years of international experience in the fields of international economics and development policy analysis, coupled with knowledge of the United Nations system, multilateral and inter–agency coordination processes. He has extensive experience in the design of macroeconomic policies and its application as a central instrument for the reduction of poverty and for resilient and sustained economic development. His work in the field of economics also focuses on the macroeconomic linkages with global social and environmental policies.

Since 2015, Mr. Harris has served as Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He joined UNEP’s Senior Management Team in 2013 as Director of the New York Office and Secretary to the Environment Management Group.

Prior to joining UNEP, Mr. Harris began his career in the International Monetary Fund in 1988, where he worked in the African Department and the Fiscal Affairs Department. In 2002, he became an Adviser in the Policy Development and Review Department, and was appointed in 2008 as Special Representative to the United Nations, in addition to serving as Assistant Director of the Strategy and Policy Review Department.

Mr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science in German and Political Science and an advanced degree in economics. He was awarded an Advanced Studies Certificate in international economics and policy research from the Institute of World Economics in Kiel, Germany.

Ms. Claire Melamed
Executive Director, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (former Director of Poverty and Inequality, Overseas Development Institute)
Ms. Claire Melamed

Executive Director, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (former Director of Poverty and Inequality, Overseas Development Institute)

Dr. Claire Melamed is the CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, heading up a global team based in five countries. She was previously Managing Director of the Overseas Development Institute, and in 2014, she worked in the office of the UN Secretary-General, writing the report of the Independent Expert Advisory Group in the Data Revolution, “A World That Counts.” Claire holds a PhD from the University of London, and can be found on Twitter at @clairemelamed.

Ms. Doreen Bogdan Martin
Director of the Development Bureau of ITU (Elected official at the ASG level)
Ms. Doreen Bogdan Martin

Director of the Development Bureau of ITU (Elected official at the ASG level)

Doreen Bogdan-Martin was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau on the 1st of November 2018. She took office on the 1st of January 2019.

She is a strategic leader with more than 25 years of high-level experience in international and inter-governmental relations. She has a long history of success in policy and strategy development, analysis and execution.

From 2008-2018, Ms Bogdan-Martin led the Strategic Planning & Membership Department of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), located in Geneva, Switzerland. ITU is the specialized United Nations agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), with 193 Member States and a membership of nearly 800 private sector entities and academic institutions around the globe. It is dedicated to bringing connectivity to all the world’s people through development assistance, standardization and coordination of radiocommunications.

Ms Bogdan-Martin was responsible for the organization’s strategic planning processes, while also overseeing the organization’s Membership, Corporate Communications and External Affairs teams, the work of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, and Coordinator of United Nations affairs for the organization.

Ms Bogdan-Martin has advised governments from around the world on policy and regulatory reform measures. She has organized impact-driven global conferences with thousands of participants from 150+ countries, brokered international consensus on many critical issues, and is a regular presenter at high-level international forums and summits. As part of this important work, she was one of the principal architects of the annual Global Symposium for Regulators, directed ITU’s first global youth summit #BYND, and is currently driving ITU latest high-profile initiative – EQUALS, The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age.

Ms Bogdan-Martin previously headed the Regulatory and Market Environment Division of the Development Bureau and was responsible for the programmes on Regulatory Reform and Economics and Finance. Prior to joining ITU, she was a Telecommunications Policy Specialist in the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA), US Department of Commerce. With a Master’s degree in International Communications Policy from American University in Washington, DC, Ms Bogdan-Martin completed post-graduate certification in Strategies for Leadership at the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is also certified in Accountability and Ethics by the United Nations Leaders Programme.

Additionally, Ms Bogdan-Martin is an affiliate of the Harvard University Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society, currently serves as the Co-Chair of the United Nations Strategic Planning Group, Chair of the Academic Council for the Swiss Network for International Studies, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the UN Staff College. She is also an amateur radio operator. She is married with four children.

Ms. Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi
Chair of the Committee of the Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), former Minister for the Public and Administration of South Africa, and Chancellor, Nelson Mandela University
Ms. Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi

Chair of the Committee of the Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), former Minister for the Public and Administration of South Africa, and Chancellor, Nelson Mandela University

DPhil Honoris Causa (Nelson Mandela University), Masters in Administration (University of Pretoria), Leadership programme (Wharton), Fellow of the Institute of Politics (Harvard)

Some of Geraldine’s early achievements include working on the preparation of the African National Congress for its first democratic elections in 1994 as National Deputy Elections Coordinator of the African National Congress. She previously served in the leadership of the African National Congress (South Africa).

Geraldine served as member of the South African Parliament for three consecutive parliaments (1994 through September 2008 when she resigned from parliament). She served in the South African Government as Deputy Minister of Welfare and Population Development, thereafter as Minister for Welfare and Population Development. Subsequently, Geraldine was appointed as Minister of Public Service and Administration, for two consecutive terms until her resignation in September (1999 - 2008). During her tenure as Public Service Minister she served as Chair of the Pan African Ministers of Public Service for three consecutive terms in addition, she was appointed at a global level to the United Nations Committee of Experts in Public Administration (CEPA), a subsidiary/expert body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. She served on the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management Board.

She was a Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID), Mc Gill University Canada and served on the Africa Advisory Board of Women’s World Banking until December 2018.

Fraser-Moleketi was the former Global Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group (DGP) from January 2009 until end of August 2013; there after she joined the African Development Bank (AfDB) as Special Envoy on Gender (SEOG) at the level of a Vice President until 1 January 2017.

Geraldine serves on various Boards across academia, government and development organizations on issues including youth, women empowerment, sustainable development & education, governance and poverty eradication. She is the Chancellor to the Nelson Mandela University, Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA); She has been reappointed, and serves as Chairman, to the Committee of Experts in Public Administration (CEPA) by the United Nations Secretary General.

Geraldine Fraser Moleketi received several awards, including the OP Dwivedi Public Service Award from the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration, and a Special Award for Outstanding Achievement from University of Pretoria’s School of Public Management and Administration. She was named "2016 New African Woman of the Year", an award made by London-based magazine, New African.

She is a Non-Executive Board Member of the Standard Bank Group (SBG) and Standard Bank South Africa (SSA) and Lead Independent Director of EXXARO Resources.

Ms. Isabelle Durant
Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD
Ms. Isabelle Durant

Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD

On 9 June 2017 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, in consultation with the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), decided to appoint Isabelle Durant of Belgium as Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD at the Assistant Secretary-General level. Ms. Durant will succeed Joakim Reiter of Sweden to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service and commitment to UNCTAD.

Ms. Durant brings to the position a wealth of international experience at the senior level, in the political, diplomatic and development policy at the national, regional and global levels interacting with Governments, the private sector and civil society.

Currently a member of the Parliament of Brussels-Capital Region, Ms. Durant formerly served as Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium for four years, as well as Vice-President of the European Parliament (2009-2014). As a Senator, she served on Committees for Foreign Affairs, Social Affairs and participated in many elections observation missions (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Tunisia) (2003-2009) and also worked in the Belgium Government as Federal Minister of Transport and Vice-Prime Minister in charge of direct supervision on Energy and Sustainable Development (1999 and 2003). As such, she chaired alongside the Government of the time, the presidency of the European Union and particularly the presidency of the European Union Council of Ministers of Transport.

Ms. Durant was Senior Expert on Local Governance in Algeria (2015) and participated in or headed European Union Parliamentarian Delegations to Iran, Myanmar and Haiti prior (2009-2014).

Ms. Durant holds a Master of Science degree in economic and social policy from Université Catholique de Louvain.

Born in 1954, she is married and has three children.

Ms. Isabelle Pypaert-Perrin
Executive Director of the International Movement ATD Fourth World
Ms. Isabelle Pypaert-Perrin

Executive Director of the International Movement ATD Fourth World

Isabelle Pypaert Perrin first joined the long-term ATD Fourth World Volunteer Corps in 1981 and worked in low-income communities in her native Belgium as well as in Guatemala, Haiti, Mauritius, France, Switzerland, and southeast Asia. All her work has been underpinned by the goal of reaching and empowering people most likely to be left behind. As part of ATD Fourth World's international leadership team since 2008 and its director general since 2012, Isabelle Pypaert Perrin is responsible for grassroots cultural projects and policy advocacy work in 34 countries. Her ethos of leadership is based on horizontal governance that begins with people experiencing the worst forms of poverty. In 2009–2012, she led an international participatory research project published under the title Extreme Poverty Is Violence – Breaking the Silence – Searching for Peace. Isabelle Pypaert Perrin's degree is in social work from the Institut Cardijn Haute École Louvain en Hainaut, Belgium.

Ms. Paulette Metang
Executive President of Association Camerounaise pour la Prise en Charge des Personnes Agees, (MGoS)
Ms. Paulette Metang

Executive President of Association Camerounaise pour la Prise en Charge des Personnes Agees, (MGoS)

Paulette METANG, Executuve President, Association Camerounaise pour la Prise en charge des personnes Agées (ACAMAGE), Cameroon Association for Elderly Care. NGO in Special Consultative Status with ECOSSOC, UN. Paulette is the pioneer on aging issue in Cameroon. So, ACAMAGE Is the first Older people NGO created in Cameroon in 1995. She has been working in the field of aging since then, promoting older people’s rights for a dignified life, challenging poverty and illiteracy, saving abandoned older people.

She is contributing to the Cameroon VNR

Paulette attended the 2nd World Conference on Aging in 2002, Madrid. When back, she put in place The MIPAA CSOs appraisal and follow up committee in Cameroon. She reported MIPAA +5, +10, and +15 review and appraisal. Always commemorating June 15 and October 1st.

She coordinates and promotes networking, leading : ACAMAGE Network for SDGs, The Cameroon Older people FORUM, ACAMAGE Network for the CONVENTION OF OLDER PEOPLE’s rights, Older Women Network. I very very often attend in New York the CSD and CSW.

Thanks to Paulette’s work, as Older people’s rights Older Activist trained by GAROP/HELPAGE, her country Cameroon,s Government (represented by the Ministry of Social Affairs) and the National Commission on Human Rights as well, FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME, submitted inputs on the focus and normative areas, and the Government Delegate attended for the first EVER TIME since 10 years, and in support, the tenth session of the Open Ended working Group on Aging , April in New York, UN/HQ, I have attended OEWGA sessions 7 times. Paulette METANG publishes books, journal articles and ACAMAGE Newsletter, all in line with Capacity building on Aging.

She is nationaly member of the Cameroon NGOs Forum on SDGs, the Foreign Affairs Ministry CSOs platform, the Cameroon Network for Human Rights, and so on. In addition, she is :

  • The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE in Cameroon
  • The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP) and Helpage International (HAI) PROJECT PARTNER IN CAMEROON (older people’s rights)
  • Accredited to the Open Ended Working Group on Aging
  • Member of International Federation on Ageing IFA, HAI Partner, SGA/SGAA

Ms. Sophie Howe
Future Generations Commissioner Wales
Ms. Sophie Howe

Future Generations Commissioner Wales

Sophie was appointed as the first Future Generations Commissioner for Wales in February 2016. Her role is to act as a guardian for the interests of future generations in Wales, and to support the public bodies listed in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 to work towards achieving the well-being goals.

Prior to this role, Sophie was the first Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales and the only woman in a police commissioner leadership role in Wales. In this role, she led programmes to tackle violent crime and violence against women and girls, focusing on early intervention and partnership working particularly with health. She reformed programmes on substance misuse and offender management and led a review of women in policing as well the Force's work to increase recruitment of black and monitory ethnic officers and staff.

Sophie served as a Government Special Adviser from 2009-2013 providing policy and political advice on communities, local government, community safety, housing, regeneration and equality to the Cabinet and First Minister.

With a background in equality and diversity having managed the legal department in the Equal Opportunities Commission and subsequently as a policy adviser in the Equality and Human Right Commission, Sophie chaired and wrote the report of the Councillors Commission Expert Panel on increasing diversity in Local Government.

Sophie served as a County councillor in Cardiff - having been elected at the age of 21 she became the youngest Councillor in Wales. During her nine years as a Councillor she was Deputy Leader of the Opposition for a period, as well as a member of the Children and Young People Scrutiny and planning Committees.

She is currently a member of the Wales Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and is Chair of the international Network of Institutions for Future Generations. She lives in Cardiff with her husband Ceri and their five children.

Statements
Statements
Dr. Kathryn Janene Adams on behalf of the Global Network for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) and Sendai Stakeholders Group
Ms. Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD
Ms. Isabelle Pypaert-Perrin, Executive Director of the International Movement ATD Fourth World
Ms. Paulette Metang, Executive President of Association Camerounaise pour la Prise en Charge des Personnes Agees, (MGoS)
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