UN and China Mark International Poverty Eradication Day with Major Forum

17 Oct 2011

A high-level forum was held in Beijing on 17 October 2011 to mark the 19th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, bringing together government leaders, policy makers, development practitioners, and other members of the international community, to exchange ideas on how best to accelerate sustainable poverty reduction in China and globally. It is the fifth time that this global annual event has been held in China and this year's 2011 Global Poverty Reduction and Development Forum was attended by more than 200 representatives from over 30 countries, including Chinese Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu, and UNDP Administrator, Ms. Helen Clark.

One of the main highlights of the event was a speech delivered by Ms. Clark, in which she reminded leaders that while enormous progress has been made, nearly a quarter of the world is missing out on the benefits of global progress. She also spoke of the need to provide greater assistance to the 1.44 billion people living on less than US $1.25 a day, as well as the importance of sharing China's experiences and ongoing innovations with other countries as they seek to design their own inclusive and sustainable pathways to development.

"As China strives to achieve even more impressive human development through its renewed emphasis on the quality of growth, it will also be setting an example for the world," she said.

Co-organised by International Poverty Reduction Centre in China (IPRCC) and UNDP China, and hosted by the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development of China and the UN System in China, the morning session of the forum saw Minister Fan Xiaojian lead a panel discussion on emerging economies and global change, and the importance of international and regional cooperation for poverty alleviation. Two parallel sessions were also held later in the afternoon on the themes of "Macro-Planning for the Empowerment of the Poor" and "Social Policies and Social Management for Improving Overall Well-Being".