UNGA High-Level Side Event: Using the Multidimensional Poverty Index to Track Progress in the SDGs

The Government of Honduras, on behalf of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN), will host a High-Level Side Event entitled “Using the Multidimensional Poverty Index to Track Progress in the SDGs” at the United Nations General Assembly 2017. The event will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York, Conference Room 2, on Tuesday 19 September from 11am-1pm.

Eminent speakers will share how they are using multidimensional poverty metrics to fight the interlinked features of poverty in the SDGs.

Reflections by Eminent Speakers:

  • Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras
  • Dasho Tshering Tobgay, the Prime Minister of Bhutan
  • Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia (by video)
  • Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico (by video)
  • Ana-Helena Chacón, Vice-President of Costa Rica
  • Isabel de Saint Malo, Vice President of Panama

Ministerial Discussion:

  • Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, South Africa
  • Ghada Waly, Minister of Social Solidarity, Egypt
  • Adoración M. Navarro, Undersecretary, National Economic Development Authority, Philippines
  • Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), General Economics Division, Bangladesh Planning Commission

Leaders in International Institutions:

  • Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP
  • Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD
  • Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General, League of Arab States
  • Mohamed Ali Alhakim, Executive Secretary, UN-ESCWA
  • Carin Jämtin, Director General, Sida
  • Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, United Nations
  • Laurence Christian Chandy, Director of Data, Research and Policy,UNICEF
  • Carolina Sanchez-Paramo, Senior Director for Poverty and Equity Global Practice, World Bank

Closing Remarks:

  • Sabina Alkire, Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.

Important Information

Date: 19 September 2017
Time: 11am – 1pm (Local time)
Venue: Conference Room 2, United Nations Building
Hashtag: #UNGA2017 #MPI4SDGs
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As countries embark on the challenge of eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) refer to as our ‘greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development’, many are using a multidimensional measure of poverty. Such measures expose the composition of poverty, identify the poorest groups, and encourage integrated policies.

This side event will show how a Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) – which reveals in stark detail the overlapping deprivations experienced by poor people at the same time – can energise a coordinated, effective and multi-sectoral attack on poverty in all its dimensions, thus helping to make visible the connections across the SDGs as part of a poverty reduction strategy that aims to ‘leave no one behind’.

If you would like to participate, please RSVP by 8am Wednesday 13 September to An RSVP is required even for persons holding a UN Grounds Pass.

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