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The GFD will be the first in a series of three forums to be held over the next three years focusing on “Preparing for the Post-2015 World”. These events provide a venue for high-level policy makers, academia, civil society and the private sector to exchange perspectives and explore challenges, opportunities and lessons learned about current poverty reduction policies and methods for fostering social cohesion and progress. Perhaps the most important insight about poverty in the last twenty years is that the vision in the UN Millennium Declaration - of creating an environment conducive to the elimination of poverty - is achievable. These global fora held from 2013 through 2015 will focus on what this means to all those working toward this vision.
The OECD’s Development Co-operation Directorate, the OECD Development Centre, the Statistics Directorate and Paris 21 (a global partnership of national, regional and international statisticians, analysts, policy-makers, development professionals and other users of statistics) are hosting this GFD in co-operation with the European Report on Development and Jeune Afrique.
Much has been achieved and changed since the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) were launched. A great deal has also been learned about the multidimensional nature of poverty, those still living in poverty and those who risk falling back into poverty.
As the world works to agree on a post-2015 development framework, a consensus appears to be emerging around the goals of eliminating poverty, reducing inequalities, and addressing the needs of people in poverty by drawing more on their perspectives, while also stimulating economic growth and better managing the environment. Moreover, there is a sense that one can not afford to focus on one goal without addressing the others.
The challenge is how to do it. Which policies should governments prioritise? Are there innovative approaches that should be examined more closely? What kind of information would be important for designing and monitoring policies targeted to a country’s particular contexts?
This is the subject of the 2013 Global Forum on Development. High-level policy makers, academia, civil society and the private sector will look at these questions, explore challenges, opportunities and lessons learned about current poverty reduction policies and methods for fostering social cohesion and progress. They will exchange perspectives on how they can be addressed at international, national and local levels and the nexus between each. The results will contribute to the improvement of the poverty reduction policies designed and implemented by governments, international organisations and others in the post-2015 world. The Forum will be the first in a series of three forums to be held over the next three years focusing on how this could be done.