Save the date for virtual Side Event at UNGA 76

15 September, 2021

14 September 2021 – The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) will co-host an online high-level Side Event at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly on 23rd September 2021 at 2pm BST (9am EDT).

Entitled ‘Envisioning a More Equitable Future: Using Multidimensional Poverty Indices as a Policy Tool’, this event will convene global leaders with a demonstrable commitment to tackling the multidimensional effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of people living in poverty.

Speakers will share innovations in poverty measurement and reduction, as well as challenges and lessons learned from responding to the crisis and how MPIs can guide policies towards a more equitable future. It will show how through collaborations and evidence-based policymaking, leaders can make a difference in envisioning a better and more equal world.


Leadership Panel:

H.E. Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana
H.E. Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica


Ministerial Panel:

H.E. Biswo Nath Poudel, Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission, Nepal
H.E. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant of Pakistan’s Prime Minister and Federal Minister, Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Ministry, Pakistan
H.E. Obeth Mbuipaha Kandjoze, Director General of the National Planning Commission, Namibia
H.E. Fitsum Assefa Adela, Commissioner of the Planning and Development Commission, Ethiopia
H.E. Shamsul Alam, State Minister of Planning, Bangladesh
H.E. Ariunzaya Ayush, Minister of Labour and Social Protection, Mongolia
H.E. Samheng Boros, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veteran and Youth Rahabilitation, Cambodia
H.E. Alejandra Botero, Director of the Department of National Planning, Colombia
H.E. Jinanggoon Rojananan, Deputy Secretary General of National Economic and Social Development Council, Thailand
H.E. Tan Weiping, Deputy Director-General of the International Poverty Reduction Center in China
H.E. José Nabor Cruz Marcelo, Executive Secretary of the National Council of Evaluation of Social Development Policy CONEVAL, Mexico


Institutional Panel:

Rola Dashti, Under Secretary-General, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, ESCWA
Haoliang Xu
, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (RBPPS), UNDP
Mamta Murthi
, Vice President of Human Development, World Bank
David Stewart, Chief of Child Poverty and Social Protection, UNICEF
James Foster, Vice Dean and Professor, George Washington University
Michelle Muschett, Senior Public Policy Advisor, OPHI, University of Oxford



Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI, University of Oxford and Gonzalo Hernandez Licona, Director of the MPPN, OPHI


Register for ‘Envisioning a More Equitable Future: Using Multidimensional Poverty Indices as a Policy Tool’, 23rd September

The event will also be livestreamed on OPHI’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

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