Friday, July 19, 2013

PHL permanent representative to UN co-chairs panel discussion on sustainable development, extreme poverty

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PHL permanent representative to UN co-chairs panel discussion on sustainable development, extreme poverty

From the Department of Foreign Affairs

Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York, co-chaired a panel discussion on “Knowledge from experience: Building the Post 2015 sustainable development agenda with people living in extreme poverty,” organized on June 27, 2013, at the UN Headquarters by ATD Fourth World, co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of France, Peru, ATD Fourth World, and NGOs Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, and Social Watch.

The event launched a participatory research project to feed into the Post-2015 Development Agenda based on the evaluation process of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  Twelve countries were involved in the project to reflect a geographical, economic and cultural diversity: Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, France, Haiti, Guatemala, Madagascar, Mauritius, the Philippines, Peru, and Poland.

The study ensured that people living in extreme poverty can contribute their knowledge and experience to the development agenda, and the inclusion of “developed countries” emphasizes the fact that chronic poverty exists around the world, not only in those countries targeted by the MDGs.

The research was spearheaded by ATD Fourth World, a major international NGO working on extreme poverty issues which is based in France and whose President is Ms. Nina Lim-Yuson from the Philippines, who is also the President and CEO of the Museo Pambata Foundation.

The panel discussion featured delegates living in extreme poverty from the participating countries and their contribution to the discussions highlighted how people in extreme poverty see the day-to-day problems that arise from the current way development policies are designed and applied, and they have ideas on solutions to these problems.
In his remarks, Ambassador Cabactulan underlined the importance of gaining a better understanding of extreme poverty, in participation as a human right, and the need to recognize the efforts of those living in extreme poverty. He stated that “the research project is directly linked to the five possible thematic areas of the Philippine Post-2015 Development Agenda: poverty reduction and social inclusion; environmental sustainability, climate change and disaster preparedness; peace and security; accountable, responsive and inclusive governance; fair and stable global order based on international rule of law.”

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