Ministerial Forum for Development

PanelistsSeventh Ministerial Forum for Development, Mexico City, 31 October 2014

The Ministerial Forum for Development in Latin America is organized annually by the UNDP's Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean with the support of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID).

The main objective is to provide ministers and decision-makers a space to discuss social policy experiences and identify answers to the region's new challenges.

In 2007, the First Forum was opened by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. The second forum, held in 2008, focused specifically on young people and was opened by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. The third Forum, in 2010, was the inauguration of Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and was focused on Latin American social responses to the global crisis.

The fourth Forum, in 2011, had the presence of Mexican businessman Carlos Slim and focused on combating inequality. The fifth forum in 2012, was inaugurated by former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and was focused on social development for the poor, a discussion with ministers of Africa as well as Latin America.

The sixth forum, 2013, included the participation of competitiveness expert at Harvard University, Michael Porter, and discussed the challenges of development in the region, beyond poverty reduction.

Over 30 ministers and other experts from Latin America and the Caribbean gathered in Mexico City 30-31 October to discuss how to better measure poverty, beyond traditional income-based measures. The keynote speech was delivered by Sabina Alkire, Director of Oxford University's Poverty and Human Development Initiative. 

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