MPPN and OPHI to Co-Host Side Event with Costa Rica at 74th Session of UN General Assembly

High-Level Side Event at the UN General Assembly
Call for action: Using multidimensional poverty indices to lead progress in the SDGs.

Wednesday 25th September 2019, 8:00am
Conference Room 1, UNHQ, New York
Hosted by the President of Costa Rica, H.E. Carlos Alvarado

On behalf of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN).

This event will constitute a ‘call for action’ for the use of multidimensional poverty measures to lead progress towards the SDGs.

It will highlight the importance of political leadership to end poverty, reduce inequality and leave no one behind.

The discussion generated by the event will seek to galvanize action and foster collaboration among institutions and sectors to design sustainable solutions that have a greater impact on people living in poverty.

Confirmed speakers include:
H.E. Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica
H.E. Eugene Rhuggenaath, Prime Minister of Curaçao
H.E. Barry Faure, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and the Blue Economy, Seychelles will deliver a message for President Danny Faure, President of Seychelles
H.E. Luis Felipe Lopez Calva, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP will deliver a message for Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
H.E. Teodoro Ribera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chile
H.E. Jackson Mthembu, Minister in the Presidency, South Africa
H.E. Tandi Dorji, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan
H.E. Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), National Planning Commission, Bangladesh
H.E. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, (Federal Minister), Government of Pakistan
H.E. Ghada Fathi Wali, Minister of Social Solidarity, Arab Republic of Egypt
H.E. Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Nigeria
H.E. Rosemarie G. Edillon, Undersecretary, National Economic Development Authorities, Philippines
H.E. Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, UN – Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
H.E. Hayfaa abu Ghazaleh, Assistant Secretary-General, Head of Social Affairs, League of Arab States delivering a message on behalf of H.E. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General, League of Arab States
H.E. Carin Jämtin, Director-General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
H.E. Vidhya Ganesh, Director of Division of Data, Analytics, Planning and Monitoring (DAPM), UNICEF
H.E. Yolanda Martínez López, Secretary of Social and Human Development of Oaxaca, Mexico
H.E. José Aguilar, Executive Director, Horizonte Positivo, Costa Rica

Please find updates to the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. Please be advised that attendance must be confirmed by Thursday 19th September. All attendees must provide their full first name and surname. Further information on collection of the event passes will be sent closer to the day. Please note that even those participants with a UN Ground Pass will have to be included in this list. For more information, or to RSVP, please email

If you cannot attend, the event will be livestreamed here.