High-Level Side-Event at the 51st Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC)

Using a Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) to coordinate policies and achieve SDGs

Thursday 5th March 2020, 1:15pm-2:30pm
Conference Room D, UN Headquarters, New York
Hosted by Mr Risenga Maluleke Statistician General of South Africa
Invitation only

On 5 March 2020 at 1:15pm, the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN) hosted a Side Event at the 51st session of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) in New York at the UN Headquarters. The United Nations Statistical Commission is the key UN statistical entity, with participation from national and international statistical leaders from across the world.

The event was chaired by Mr Risenga Maluleke, the Statistician General of South Africa, head of Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), and a member of the MPPN Steering Committee.

Confirmed speakers included:

  • Camilo Simão Ferreira de Ceita, Director General, National Institute of Statistics, Angola
  • Burton Mguni, Statistician General, Statistics Botswana
  • Sandra Quijada, National Director, National Institute of Statistics (INE), Chile
  • Juan Daniel Oviedo, Director General, National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE), Colombia
  • Araba Forson, Deputy Government Statistician, Ghana Statistical Service
  • Zachary Mwangi, Director General, Kenya, National Bureau of Statistics
  • Abdella Zidan Allag, Chairman, Bureau of Statistics and Census, Libya
  • Khulsen Zorigt, Director of Foreign Relations and Cooperation Division, National Statistics Office, Mongolia
  • Iván Mauricio Ojeda Aguilera, Director General, Directorate General of Statistics, Surveys and Census (DGEEC), Paraguay
  • Dennis Mapa, National Statistician, Philippines
  • Albina Chuwa, Director General, National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania
  • Chris Mukiza, Executive Director, Uganda Bureau of Statistics
  • Pali Lehohla, MPPN Steering Committee, on Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)
  • James Foster, Professor of Economics and International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Gonzalo Hernádez Licona, Director, Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network

Multidimensional Poverty Indices (MPIs) are widely used to measure and fight poverty in all its dimensions. This Side-Event brought together leading statisticians at the forefront of innovations in poverty measurement to discuss and share their experiences of tailoring measures to their national context, improving existing MPIs, and using MPIs to coordinate policies and track progress towards the SDGs.  In keeping with the 2020 UNSC theme of ‘Better Data, Better Lives’, this event stressed the importance of multidimensional poverty measurement to establish policies that improve the lives of the poor and leave no one behind.