Leveraging the Multidimensional Poverty Index to Advance Interlinked SDGs (UNGA 78)

UN General Assembly Side Event
Wednesday 20th September 2023
08:00 - 09:30 BST
Conference Room 11, UN HQ, New York

We are pleased to announce that the Republic of Panama, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) will be hosting  a high-level Side Event on Wednesday 20th September 2023 on the margins of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly.

Global leaders, heads of state, and international organisations will gather in New York to discuss the topic ‘Leveraging the Multidimensional Poverty Index to Advance Interlinked SDGs’. To target global challenges, countries and international agencies are directing their efforts towards the completion of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Achieving the SDGs will require a renewed focus on the intersecting deprivations experienced by the poorest members of society.

This Side Event aims to place poverty at the centre of the discussion, and profile how Multidimensional Poverty Indices (MPIs) are an integral part of a rescue plan for people and the planet. Global leaders will share their experiences and leadership in using MPIs to drive poverty reduction, inform policy actions, and promote well-being.

The Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Dr Rebeca Grynspan, will open the discussion which will feature an eminent panel of speakers moderated by OPHI Director, Professor Sabina Alkire.

The event is organised with the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN), a network of senior policymakers from more than 60 countries and 19 international organizations focused on measuring and reducing multidimensional poverty. The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) functions as the Secretariat of the MPPN.


  • Dr Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General, UNCTAD
  • Ms María Inés Castillo, Minister of Social Development, Panama

Leadership Panel

  • H.E. Francia Elena Márquez Mina, Vice President, Colombia
  • Mr Suman Bery, Vice Chairperson, Niti Aayog
  • Dr Obid Khakimov, Deputy Adviser to the President of Uzbekistan
  • Mr Orlando Habet, Minister of Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Management, Belize
  • Dr Liu Junwen, Director General, IPRCC
  • Dr Rosemarie Edillon, Undersecretary for Planning and Policy, National Economic Development Authority, Philippines

Institutional Panel

  • Dr José Manuel  Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Secretary, CEPAL
  • Dr Luis Felipe López-Calva, Global Director, Poverty and Equity Global Practice, World Bank
  • Ms Ivana Zivkovic, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director of the Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, UNDP
  • Dr Shantanu Mukherjee, Director, Economic Analysis and Policy Division, UNDESA
  • Dr Hiba Ahmed, Director General, Islamic Solidarity Fund, Islamic Development Bank
  • Ms Pilar Garrido, Director of the Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD

Moderators: Sabina Alkire and Monica Pinilla, OPHI, University of Oxford

Further Details

‘Leveraging the Multidimensional Poverty Index to Advance Interlinked SDGs’ Wednesday 20th September 2023, 8–9:30 am EDT, Conference Room 11, UN Headquarters, New York.

Watch online via UN Web TV livestream

UNGA 78 event summary