The 21st C started openly with exhcnages bteween the 2 most miraculous end poverty approaches since 1970 - china and banglaesh women empowerment
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Logframe Output 3: In cooperation with LGOPAD, global conference on “Taking Action for the World’s Poor and Hungry People”, including an Asia Forum, convened in Beijing on October 17-19, 2007. 37. The international conference on “Taking Action for the World’s Poor and Hungry People” was co-organized with China’s State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development (LGOPAD) of China, and co-hosted with
the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC) and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). 38. The conference sessions were designed to offer a wide-ranging assessment of poverty and hunger, as well as perspectives, strategies, and policies for many 11 regions and sectors. The program [http://www.ifpri.org/2020ChinaConference/chconfprogram2.asp] included both plenary and breakout parallel sessions, which allowed participants to exchange ideas, learn from each other's experiences, brainstorm on potential new strategies and partnerships, and articulate priority areas of action. Summaries of the breakout discussions were presented in the plenary in subsequent panel discussions. 39. The conference was opened by China’s Vice-Premier of the State Council, Liangyu Hui and featured the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the vice-president of the Asian Development Bank. The message of the United Nations Secretary General was presented. The ADB delegation was led by Ursula Schäfer-Preuss, Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development at ADB, who delivered a speech during the Opening Ceremony. Ms Schafer-Preuss also chaired the regional forum for Asia as well as delivered the results of the forum at the plenary session. 40. Each day featured its own set of plenary sessions and parallel breakout groups for livelier, in-depth discussions. The first part of the conference set the stage, with sessions on understanding poverty and its consequences, including new information on the poor people living below the US$1-a-day poverty line. Parallel sessions were devoted to identifying what strategies and policies are required to enable people to move out of extreme poverty and hunger, with specific attention to fostering pro-poor growth, reducing vulnerability and enhancing social protection, targeting the poor, and creating and enhancing the assets of the rural poor. Several keynote speakers then discussed the challenges of and opportunities for poverty reduction. 41. The second day of the conference addressed policies and actions in countries and regions for ending extreme poverty and hunger. Country-specific cases were Brazil, the Philippines, Uganda, and Zambia. Regional sessions looked in depth at experiences in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and addressed specific actions needed to take action against extreme poverty and hunger. A panel on the roles of actors and institutions involved in poverty reduction included representatives of research and educational institutions, donor groups, and the private sector. Another panel shed light on the often neglected topic of action to meet the needs of minorities and marginalized people. 42. During the second day of the conference, a regional session focused on Asia was held. The program was as follows: Chair: Ursula Schäfer-Preuss, Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Rapporteur: Abdul Bayes, Professor of Economics, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh Release of Recessive Hunger Speaker: Yunliu Fan, Biotechnology Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, China Addressing Undernourishment Speaker: S. Mahendra Dev, Director, CESS (Centre for Economic and Social Studies), India Linking small farmers to high-value markets Speaker: Ashok Gulati, Director in Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), India 12 Generating Employment Speaker: Tahlim Sudaryanto, Director, Indonesian Center for Agro Socioeconomic Policies and Studies (ICASEPS), Indonesia Tackling Inequality—Social Exclusion Speaker: Qazi Ahmad, Chairman, Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP), Bangladesh Evolvement and Challenges for China to achieve the Millennium Development Goal Speaker: Fuhe Liu, Director, Department of Policy and Regulation, The State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development (LGOPAD), China Addressing Gender Inequality Speaker: Amita Singh, Chairperson, Center for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India 43. Discussion during the Asia session concluded that there are currently two wellidentified paths out of poverty in Asia: moving from subsistence to commercial farming and moving from informal nonfarm activities to more profitable activities. To encourage movement along the first path, increased access to land for smallholders through redistribution and the tenancy market is needed. To encourage movement along the second path, more effective rural development policy is needed to generate rural employment. Mainstreaming informal employment and promoting gender equality will need to include the following actions: promote opportunities for both the self-employed and informal wage workers by integrating microfinance service provision, skills training, improved technologies, and other business development services; secure rights for the self-employed, especially access to credit and other resources, and create equitable policies for formal and informal enterprises; protect informal workers by extending existing insurance schemes; raise the “voice” of informal workers by strengthening their organizations and representation in relevant policymaking institutions; and be sensitive to gender issues and consider women workers who tend to earn less, have weak social protection, and need more policy support. 44. The third day of the conference focused on action and implementation. Sessions addressed strategies and approaches for poverty and hunger reduction, including issues related to scaling up interventions, improving governance, reaching the poor during and after emergencies and crises, building social capital, and improving the measurement of extreme poverty and hunger. Three “social entrepreneurs” described how social entrepreneurship can be put to work for the poor. Speakers also considered how to develop, finance, and implement effective partnerships for action for the poor and hungry. 45. ADB played a key role in the conference and shared its expertise through thematic and regional sessions, in particular the Asia Forum where Vice President Ursula Schaefer-Preuss served as Chair. Other notable speakers invited to participate in the conference were Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman of the University Grant Commission, India; Fazle Abed, Founder and Chairperson of BRAC, Bangladesh; Kamal Hyat, Chief Executive of the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, Pakistan 13 among others. The RETA supported the participation of leading policymakers and leaders of Asian DMCs in the conference. 46. Altogether more than 400 international and Chinese policymakers and thinkers attended, including a number of participants at the ministerial and vice ministerial levels [http://www.ifpri.org/2020ChinaConference/pdf/chconfpart.pdf]. There were 267 participants from China and about 47 Asian participants from other DMC countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) at the conference who are leading researchers and practitioners from NGOs, international agencies, and the private sector. The conference was conducted in both English and Chinese, facilitating intensive exchange and learning of lessons. 47. The planning and program of the meeting were guided by a Conference Advisory Committee [http://www.ifpri.org/2020ChinaConference/chconfacmem.asp] under the chairmanship of Fan Xiaojian, Director General, The State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, People’s Republic of China; Joachim von Braun, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute, USA; Sartaj Aziz, former Finance Minister and Foreign Minister, Pakistan; Harris Mule, former Permanent Secretary of Finance, Kenya; and Huqu Zhai, President, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, People's Republic of China. The committee met twice, in March 2007 and in October 2007, to review progress and provide guidance on conference plans and follow-up activities. ADB was represented at this committee first by Susanne Scheirling and then by Kunhamboo Kannan, Director, Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Division, ADB.
Poverty Reduction and Development Forum: Transforming Development Pattern and Poverty Reduction Beijing, 17 October 2010
Address by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG Founder & Chairperson of BRAC Sharing the BRAC experience in Bangladesh and Beyond
Your Excellency, Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu Minister Fan, Director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation Chairperson of the Session: Ms. Renata Lok-Dessalien
Our interventions aim to achieve large scale, positive changes through economic and social programmes that enable men and women to realise their potential. The most important thing that we have learned about development – that people who are poor must participate in creating their own solution. They must be empowered and they need access to financial resources. Self-empowerment comes from the confidence and selfworth an individual feels. BRAC works to develop the capacities of the poor, particularly women as agents of change
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17 October, Beijing – A high-level forum was held today in Beijing to mark the 18th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. With the focus on “Transforming Development Pattern and Poverty Reduction”, the forum aims to address the challenges of how to manage disparities and balancing development. The forum was attended by over 200 Chinese government leaders, officials from developing countries, academics, and members of the international community. It was co-hosted by the United Nations in China and the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development (LGOP).
As a proven global platform of policy dialogue, the high level Annual Poverty Reduction and Development Forum this year aims to stimulate active discussions among policy makers, development practitioners, scholars, and other social actors on how to cope with the increasing new development challenges and identify recommendations to improve public policies for transforming development pattern in the 21st century.
Vice Premier Hui Liangyu, Minister Fan Xiaojian, Director of the LGOP, and Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women and Chairperson of the Advisory Group to the UN Social Protection Floor Initiative, were among the leading speakers. A message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for the poverty forum was also read to the forum by Ms. Yin Yin Nwe, Representative of UNICEF China Office.
Many countries in the world have made remarkable progress in economic development. China and East Asia have significantly contributed to the global reduction of absolute poverty. However, the distribution of people living in poverty within and across regions has changed. The world is facing increasing challenges of how to manage disparities and balancing development. While progress has been made globally in MDGs, the pace and level of success are uneven. Some of the hard-won gains are being threatened by climate change, food and economic crisis. The new trends and obstacles the world is encountering are making the rethinking of development pattern imperative.
In his speech, Vice Premier Hui Liangyu expressed that the Chinese government will accelerate the process of transforming development pattern, further promote poverty reduction and facilitate the full participation of poor people in the development process and sharing of the benefits of development. China will make its own contribution to global poverty alleviation and the common development of the world. Helping the developing countries to transform development pattern, creating a more enabling environment for the equitable participation of poor people and sustainable development is a common responsibility of the international community. He hopes that all partners will join efforts, strengthen communication and deepen cooperation to accelerate the achievement of global poverty alleviation and the MDGs.
In his message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the forum participants for joining forces to discuss and exchange ideas as the world seeks to accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goals ahead of the internationally agreed deadline of 2015. He noted that “Decent and productive work is one of the most effective ways to fight poverty and build self-sufficiency. Despite encouraging advances in many corners of the globe, hundreds of millions of people still live in appalling conditions, lacking even the most basic services. Addressing the global jobs crisis is central to changing this picture – to defeating poverty, strengthening economies and building peaceful and stable societies.”
In her opening speech, Ms. Bachelet emphasized that “prosperity to be sustained must be shared! Economic growth alone is not sufficient to eliminate poverty. There can be no sustainable development without income distribution. Redistribution policies are a prerequisite and not an impediment to growth! Fighting poverty is not only about protecting, but also about preventing and empowering. The three dimensions – preventing, protecting and empowering - should be combined in a consistent and coherent social protection floor and decent work framework which should be placed at the core of countries’ economic development strategies. Special attention should be given to gender equity and women’s empowerment. And we cannot be serious about tackling poverty unless we address head-on the looming threat of climate change.”
The morning’s keynote speeches also included addresses by Mr. Du Ying, Vice Chairman (Vice Minister) of National Development and Reform Commission of China (NDRC), Sir Fazle Abed, Chairman of BRAC, Ms. Zhao Baige, Vice Minister of National Population and Family Planning Commission of China (NPFPC) and Mr. Jomo Sundaram, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).
In the afternoon, two parallel sessions were held on the themes of “Economic Structure Adjustment, Urbanization, Employment Promotion and Poverty Reduction ” and “Resource Efficient Development and Poverty Reduction” followed by a plenary forward-looking and concluding session.
Source: United Nations Development Programme