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Civil Society and OECD Recent Meetings September 2012



Several OECD events involving civil society organisations (CSOs) have taken place since June:

Fukushima communities focus on food in rehabilitation dialogue


On 7-8 July 2012, an initiative of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) held in co-operation with the NEA Committee on Radiation Protection and Public Health (CRPPH) brought together local official representatives, professionals and communities of Japan's Fukushima prefecture, in addition to international experts from Belarus, France and Norway for a dialogue on the rehabilitation of living conditions after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. The meeting, hosted by Date City, was the third such dialogue after Fukushima and was attended by around 60 people. It focused on the management of contaminated food following the accident, addressing the concerns of local inhabitants and stakeholders. The discussions on food management involved a wide range of stakeholders including farmers, retailers, consumer organisations, teachers, parent-teacher associations, journalists, medical doctors and city/village officials. Participants came from the Fukushima prefecture as well as from Tokyo. 

DAC Development Debates

On 13 June the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) hosted its third DAC Development Debate (DDD). Centring on the theme New poverty patterns: Where will the poor live? the DDD discussed new data on the changing patterns of poverty, and how to handle it. After presentations by Andy Sumner (Institute of Development Studies), Jane Sautter (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), and Robrecht Renard (University of Antwerp) the discussion led to several conclusions on the policy implications of shifting poverty patterns, with a call to donors to:

•    focus on the structure of growth and examine where Official Development Assistance can be most effective,
•    pay attention to resilience and social security,
•    work with national as well as international poverty lines,
•    set the international poverty line at around USD 10/day (which would reveal that 10% of the global poor live in high income countries),
•    focus on the multidimensionality of poverty,
•    agree on a multidimensional indicator for poverty (for example, the Multidimensional Poverty Index [MPI] developed by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Index [OPHI]) and change the country classifications accordingly.)



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