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ECOSOC Ministerial Dialogue Pinpoints Need for Partnership to Eradicate Poverty

 Content by: South-South News

8 July 2014, New York, USA | Shari Nijman - “Inequality has been identified as one of the most serious obstacles to achieve poverty eradication and sustainable development,” President of ECOSOC, Martin Sajdik, said during the ECOSOC High-Level segment and High Level Political Forum today, where the ministerial dialogue focused on long term measures to make poverty eradication irreversible and reduce inequalities.

The centralized theme around which the entire Post2015 Development agenda will revolve is the complete elimination of extreme poverty and hunger, including among the rural and marginalized societies around the world.

“Studies show that when we design development policies and programs around the mosts disadvantaged, we actually achieve more results, more effectively,” Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF pointed out. “Behind these statistics are millions of lives. Women, men and children whose lives with be blighted unless we build more equitable societies," he added.

Knowing eradicating poverty in all its forms is an ambitious goal that will take more than a generation to accomplish, civil society leaders are paying special attention to children and youth, when it comes to development.

“Sustainable development starts with children and ends with children,” Sophie Karmasin, Austrian Federal Minister for family and youth said. It starts with children because they are the leverage for breaking the cycle of poverty, malnutrition, and lack of education. And it ends with children because healthy and educated children are the foundation for a sound, inclusive and also environmental sustainable economic development.

Panelists agreed that the Post-2015 Development agenda has the possibility to hit some significant targets towards complete poverty eradication, but not unless the world reiterates and upscales it commitment to social and economic partnership. “The scoreboard on international cooperation is rather mixed.” Han Seung-Soo, the United Nations Secretary- General's Special Envoy on Disaster Risk Reduction and Water said. “ Aid appears to have shifted away from the poorest and most vulnerable countries, where the MDG's lack the most.

“There is hope that these processes can come together. The financing, the SDG's, and climate can not be pulled apart. This is all of one piece.” said Jeffrey Sachs, Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on the MDG's. “If we fail on one, we will fail on the others.”

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