Ministers from Latin America and the Caribbean commit to reduce poverty beyond income measurements

Oct 31, 2014

More than 30 ministers and other authorities from Latin America and the Caribbean with Helen Clark, Jessica Faieta and Mexico's Secretary of Social Development Rosario Robles. Photo: Sedesol.

Mexico City - After two days sharing poverty eradication experiences, more than 30 ministers and other experts from Latin America and the Caribbean closed today the 7th Ministerial Forum for Development committed to improve income distribution tools and strengthen their institutions to ensure better social outcomes.

Ministers, two Vice Presidents and experts stressed the need to find new ways to measure wellbeing and progress, beyond the traditional income-based poverty measures. This entails focusing not only on ensuring basic coverage, but on the quality of essential social services like education and health.

"The region must move towards sustainable development, in order to converge the economic and social progress and, at the same time, protect the environment," said Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Jessica Faieta.

"Thus, the multidimensional poverty measurement is particularly important to provide new indicators and targets for an integral concept of development of human development and people’s access to their own rights."

There was consensus among Latin American and Caribbean official that it is essential to go beyond the cash transfer programmes, which, in spite of their important role in curbing poverty, cannot be the region’s only social policy pillar.

The intersection between social protection coverage and expanded employment poses a new frontier for social and economic inclusion, according to the discussions that took place in Mexico City. The region has some good examples, including Argentina, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Mexico and Nicaragua, which have shown innovative approaches to deal with a common challenge: how to generate massive incentives for formal labor insertion.

"Thinking of poverty reduction in its many dimensions is moving towards a vision of citizenship and human development that is the real strength and wealth of our countries," said Mexico’s Secretary of Social Development Rosario Robles.

Vice President of Uruguay Danilo Astori added that “a country’s economic policy has to be tailored in view of its social policy. The big risk is to think we cannot leave the middle-income trap and put ourselves on autopilot.”

All participating countries shared their experiences in working with multidimensional poverty measurements.

Colombia, for example, created a strategy among various institutions for decision-making, and noticed that the same measurement would have to be different for rural and urban areas.

Deputy Minister Coordinator of Social Development Etzon Romo of Ecuador stated that the concept of multidimensional poverty has led to a transformation in the country’s vision of social policy, capturing gains from different development dimensions to generate comprehensive policies.

Host from SEDESOL, Mexico, showed that measuring poverty by geographical zones has enabled assigning responsibilities to the different levels of government (states, municipalities) in terms of poverty reduction.

New stage- After signing an agreement today, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has become a new partner for the next Ministerial Forum, in addition to the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID).

"UNDP and ECLAC are natural partners in the region, and the new alliance will result in a strengthened Forum: with more monitoring and policy and instrument formulation tailored to the needs of the region and its countries," said ECLAC’s Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena.

Faieta and Bárcena also announced that the next meeting of the Ministerial Forum for Development, in 2015, will be held in Lima, Peru.

Contact

Carolina Azevedo: Carolina.azevedo@undp.org +52-55-2311-6800 y

Ana del Toro: ana.deltoro@undp.org tel: +52-55-4091-2611

 

Oscar Ramírez Suárez: oscar.ramirezs@sedesol.gob.mx 53285018 y 53285000 extensiones 52021 y 52006.

7o Foro Ministerial para el Desarrollo

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El canciller de Guatemala Carlos Raul Morales Moscoso, Juan Carlos Lastiri de Sedesol Mexico, la Dir de PNUD para America Latina y el Caribe Jessica Faieta, la Secretaria de Desarrollo Social de Mexico Rosario Robles, Helen Clark, vice presidente de Republica Dominicana Margarita Cedeño de Fernandez; canciller de Mexico J. A. Meade, Secretario General de AECID Gonzalo Roblez y la Subsecretaria para America Latina y el Caribe Vanessa Rubio, de la Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores de Mexico. Foto: Carolina Azevedo/PNUD
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La administradora de PNUD Helen Clark abre el 7o Foro Ministerial para el Desarrollo en Ciudad de Mexico Foto: Carolina Azevedo/PNUD
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Ministros, ministras, especialistas y los vice presidentes de Republica Dominicana y Uruguay participan del 7o Foro Ministerial para el Desarrollo con enfasis en la pobreza multidemensional #MasQueIngreso En la pantalla Jessica Faieta y Helen Clark junto a Sedesol Mexico. Foto: Carolina Azevedo/PNUD
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La charla principal este año fue de Sabine Alkire, DirectoraDirectora de la iniciativa de Pobreza y Desarrollo Humano de la Universidad de Oxford. Foto: Carolina Azevedo/PNUD
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El economista jefe de PNUD para America Latina y el Caribe, George Gray Molina en su charla: "La reducción de la desigualdad y la pobreza es una cuestión de derechos" Foto: Carolina Azevedo/PNUD
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Oficial de Barbados habla de los retos de los cambios climaticos y la vulnerabilidad de los paises caribeños en el 7o Foro Ministerial de Desarrollo. Foto: Carolina Azevedo/PNUD
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La Administradora del PNUD Helen Clark con el Director de la Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AMEXCID) Juan Manuel Valle Pereña en el lanzamiento de una publicación sobre Mexico y PNUD en la Cooperación Sur-Sur. Foto: Carolina Azevedo/PNUD
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El canciller mexicano Jose Antonio Meade K. y la administradora de PNUD Helen Clark. Foto: Carolina Azevedo/PNUD
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La administradora del PNUD habla a medios mexicanos: "Manifestamos nuestra solidaridad con las familias de desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa en un momento muy dificil para todos los mexicanos."
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Jessica Faieta, Helen Clark y el canciller de Mexico Jose Antonio Meade K. Foto: Carolina Azevedo/PNUD
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Secretaria de Desarrollo Social de Mexico Rosario Robles, Secretaria Ejecutiva de la Cepal Alicia Barcena, Juan Carlos Lastiri, Subsecretario de Planeación, Evaluación y Desarrollo Regional de la Sedesol; Jessica Faieta, Directora de PNUD para America Latina y el Caribe y el Vicepresidente de Uruguay Danilo Astori. Foto: Sedesol
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La Secretaria Ejecutiva de Cepal Alicia Barcena y la Subsecretaria General de la ONU y Directora del PNUD para America Latina y el Caribe Jessica Faieta firman acuerdo para la inclusión de la Cepal en el proximo Foro Ministerial que tendra lugar en Peru. Foto: Carolina Azevedo/PNUD
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Ministra de Peru, proximos anfitriones del Foro, Alicia Barcena de Cepal y Jessica Faieta cierran el 7o Foro Ministerial para el Desarrollo. Foto: Carolina Azevedo/PNUD
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La Subsecretaria General de la ONU y Directora del PNUD para America Latina y el Caribe Jessica Faieta concede entrevista al equipo de comunicación de la Secretaria de Desarrollo Social de México. Foto: Ugo Blanco/PNUD

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