OPHI’s Director Sabina Alkire took part in a live Q&A titled ‘Can we trust the UN to end global poverty?’ on the Guardian Global Development website on 25 September.
Alkire joined a panel of experts to discuss the intricacies of the UN general assembly, the MDGs and the post-2015 process. Key messages to emerge were that the UN alone cannot eradicate poverty and more national responsibility was needed in meeting the MDG goals. The role of the UN in the discussion emerged as one to inspire key stakeholders from multiple sectors. Additionally panelists and questioners unanimously supported a rights-based approach towards development goals.
The panel also included Tony German, executive director of Development Initiatives, which recently carried out analysis on how much it will cost to eradicate poverty; Farah Mihlar, South Asia expert for Minority Rights Group, who recently interviewed minority and indigenous activists to get their perspectives on the post-2015 process; and Liz Ford, deputy editor of the Guardian’s Global Development site, who reported from the 68th UN General Assembly.
The questions and answers posted on the discussion webpage can be viewed in full here.