MPPN Side Event at March UN Statistical Commission

15 February, 2017

The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) will  be holding a special High-Level Side Event at the UN Statistical Commission in New York from 1:15pm to 2:30pm on Tuesday 7 March 2017 entitled “Measuring the Interconnected Dimensions of Poverty to Energise Policy.”

The event will highlight the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) as a tool that can measure poverty in its many dimensions, track progress in the SDGs according to national definitions, and focus on interlinkages across SDGs and integrated policies. The MPI has been implemented as an official national statistic of poverty in a number of countries, including Mexico, Colombia, Bhutan, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Honduras, Pakistan, and Armenia.

This event will bring together leading statisticians at the forefront of innovations in poverty measurement, in order to discuss the value-added of multidimensional poverty measures, their data requirements and robustness. A number of countries are reporting the MPI to meet SDG Target 1.2 and will share their experiences and rationale.

The event will also highlight a global MPI to compare national achievements across countries and to provide internationally comparable data to complement $1.90/day measure, and discuss proposed SDG-related dimensions suggested by the recent Atkinson Commission Report of the World Bank.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mauricio Perfetti, Director, Administrative Department of National Statistics, Colombia
  • David Vera, Executive Director, National Institute of Statistics and Census, Ecuador
  • Lisa Grace Bersales, National Statistician, Philippine Statistics Authority, Philippines
  • Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General, Statistics South Africa, South Africa
  • Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford
  • Aboubacar Sedikh Beye, Director General, National Agency of Statistics and Demography, Senegal
  • Ben Paul Mungyereza, Executive Director, Bureau of Statistics, Uganda
  • Gabriel N’guessan Doffou, Director General, National Institute of Statistics, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Hedi Saidi, Director General, National  Institute of Statistics, Tunisia
  • Nesma Amer, Statistician, Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, Egypt
  • Attila Hancioglu, Acting Chief, Data and Analytics Section, UNICEF

The eminent panellists will share how National MPIs provide rigorous statistics on poverty in its many dimensions, based on feasible data requirements. National MPIs are extensively used as tools for policy design, targeting, monitoring, and coordination of poverty reduction programs and so function as a governance tool. Governments such as Mexico, Colombia, Bhutan, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Pakistan, Honduras and Armenia use official MPIs, for national policy and to measure SDG 1.2. Some governments also report their poverty according to the global MPI, and these experiences will also be shared.

NB: The event will be held in UN Headquarters, in Conference Room 9, so it is unfortunately only accessible to those who have a UN security pass. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Important Info:

  • Agenda
  • Where: United Nations, New York
  • When: Tuesday, 7 March 2017
  • Time: 1.15 to 2.30pm
  • Hashtag: #UN48SC #UNStats
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