Side Event at UNGA to consider how the MPI can be used to guide polices to eradicate poverty

3 September, 2018

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The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) will organise in a High-Level Side Event at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73) on 25 September 2018, 11am to 1pm, at UN Headquarters in New York. The event, hosted by the government of Panama, is called “Using the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) to guide innovative policies to eradicate poverty in all its dimensions”. Speakers will share how they are using multidimensional poverty metrics to fight the interlinked features of poverty in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The event coincides with the 20 September 2018 launch by OPHI and the UNDP of the updated global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) data. The 2018 global MPI includes adjustments to indicators so that the global MPI better aligns with the SDGs.

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25 September 2018, 11am-1pm, CR 2, UN HQ, New York

Reflections by Eminent Speakers:

  • H.E. Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama
  • Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP
  • H.E. Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras
  • H.E. Epsy Campbell Barr, Vice-President of Costa Rica

Ministerial Discussion:

  • H.E. Rosemarie G. Edillon, Deputy Director General, National Economic and Development Authority, Philippines
  • H.E. Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), National Planning Commission, Bangladesh
  • H.E. Nabeela Tunis, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Sierra Leone
  • H.E. Carlos Velasquez Monge, Minister of Social Development, Guatemala
  • H.E. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister for Defense and Military Veterans, South Africa
  • H.E. Oliver Arroyo, General Director for Evaluation and Monitoring of Social Programs, Mexico
  • H.E. Ghada Waly, Minister of Social Solidarity, Egypt

Leaders in International Institutions:

  • Mohamed Ali Alhakim, Executive Secretary, UN-ESCWA
  • Jorge Familiar, Vice-President of the World Bank for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Luis Felipe López-Calva, UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Laurence Chandy, Director of Data, Research and Policy, UNICEF
  • Saurabh Sinha, Chief of Social Protection and Employment Section, UN-ECA
  • Daniel Titelman, Director of Division of Economic Development, UN-ECLAC
  • Victor Harison, Commissioner for Economic Affairs, African Union

 Interventions from the Floor:

  • H.E. Pauline Zoure, Secretary of State, Ministry of Finance, Burkina Faso
  • Gabriel Ferrero, Director of Sustainable Development Policies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spain

 Closing Remarks and Moderator:

Sabina Alkire, Director of Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford


Read about earlier High-Level Side Events at the UNGA in which OPHI and the MPPN have organised here.

OPHI will provide coverage of the event on our websites and social media.
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Hashtags: #UNGA73 #GlobalMPI2018 #MPI4SDG1
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