UNGA high-level side event: Anchoring a Global Multidimensional Poverty Index within the SDGs

High-level side event at the UN General Assembly, New York

 27 September 2015, Conference Room 3 (CR3), 1:15-2:45 pm

At this critical juncture in the process of finalising how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be measured, this event will show the importance of embedding a multidimensional measure of poverty within the new framework. Specifically, it will stress how a global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), as a core (tier one) indicator within the SDGs, can energise a coordinated, effective and multi-sectoral attack on poverty in all its dimensions (and thus help to measure Target 1.2 of the SDGs).

Distinguished speakers at the event include:

  • H. E. Mr. Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, President of Costa Rica
  • H. E. Mr. Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan
  • H. E. Mr. Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras
  • H.E. Mr. Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia
  • H. E. Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador (tbc)
  • South Africa
  • H. E. Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
  • Tatyana Orozco de la Cruz, Director of the Department for Social Prosperity of Colombia
  • Marcos Barraza Gómez, Minister of Social Development of Chile
  • H. E. Dr. Arsenio Balisacan, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary of the Philippines
  • Dr. Savas Alpay, Chief Economist of the Islamic Development Bank

The event is organised by the Republic of Costa Rica with the support of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN), of which OPHI acts as Secretariat. The MPPN is a South-South network of more than 40 governments and institutions that is championing the use of multidimensional poverty measures alongside traditional income measures at both the national and global levels. These governments include China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Vietnam among many others.

The diverse participants within the MPPN endorse the use of the global MPI for the SDGs and the use of national, regional and sub-national MPIs as a powerful policy tools for enhanced poverty reduction, with the ability to illuminate the state and progress of marginalised groups.

For more information or to RSVP please email mppn@ophi.org.uk. Please note that security for the event will be tight as the event is taking place during the Summit to Adopt the SDGs. Please be advised that attendance must be confirmed by Thursday 24 September. All attendees must provide their full first name and surname. Further details and security screening will be given after your confirmation. Please note that even those participants with a UN Ground Pass need to be included in the attendance list.