No one left behind? Extreme poverty in the post-2015 agenda
This roundtable is taking place in the context of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October). It addresses the way in which poverty eradication, as a core strategic priority, has been framed within the UN-led discussions on post-2015 development, both as an indispensable requirement of sustainable development and as “a matter of basic justice and human rights” and “leaving no-one behind”. The event is organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the NGO ATD Fourth World and the International Social Science Council (ISSC).
With widespread recognition that many of the advances made under the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) have failed to benefit the most impoverished and socially excluded communities, how can local, national and international actors ensure that development policies have a positive impact on the lives of people living in extreme poverty?
The roundtable will start with a keynote speech followed by presentations and discussions organized around three main questions:
* Are we measuring extreme poverty correctly?
* How can public policies help people living in extreme poverty benefit from development?
* What roles can global partnerships play in moving towards poverty eradication and social justice?
The debate will contribute to a new initiative on global justice and poverty eradication which has started to be implemented within the framework of UNESCO’s new Medium-Term Strategy (2014-2021) and Programme (2014-2017) as adopted by the General Conference in November 2013. It is also expected to contribute to the preparation of the Third World Social Science Forum, to be held in Durban, South Africa, in September 2015, and to the next edition of the World Social Science Report, to be published in 2016.