Ridding world of poverty means “leaving no one behind”: UN deputy chief

Eradicating poverty means prioritising marginalised people and communities that leave no one behind, the Deputy-Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, said during a high-level political forum organised by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

For the next three days, delegates at the UN General Assembly are being asked to find out what it will take to make the eradication of poverty an integral objective of all policies.

The 2017 ECOSOC Integration Segment serves as a platform for experts to develop integrated approaches to tackle poverty in a sustainable manner.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Poverty is increasingly concentrated in certain regions and groups, trapping generations of families in vicious cycles of poverty which is why the first Sustainable Development Goal is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.

That’s what Amina Mohammed, the Deputy-Secretary-General, said in her address to the High-Level Integration Segment organised by ECOSOC.

In 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 global goals for sustainable development that can help end extreme poverty, inequality and address climate change by 2030.

Recalling her time as Minister of Environment in Nigeria, she underscored the challenges faced in translating the 2030 Agenda into concrete results at the national level.

“Eradicating poverty and delivering on the 2030 Agenda means we must address complex policy interlinkages. It requires building synergies across all dimensions of poverty eradication and sustainable development and in many cases this is about different sectors in different sets of economies at our country level. It means prioritising marginalised and vulnerable people and communities that leave no one behind. So context does matter; addressing root causes will be key; and it means an investment that is commensurate with the challenge addressing basic human rights, empowerment and the scale at which this needs to happen.”

The meeting opened on Monday, bringing together representatives of Member States, including Heads of State and Government, ministers, parliamentarians and mayors, civil society and other non-governmental organisations, academia and the private sector.

Source: United Nations Radio