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Monthly Archives: July 2020

ONLINE | Launch of CDP Paper – National Reports on the 2030 Agenda: What do they (not) reveal?

Monday, July 13th, 2020
8:00 - 9:00 am EDT

Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, member states and civil society have reported on the progress made in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

In National Reports on the 2030 Agenda: What do they (not) reveal?, Roberto Bissio from Social Watch International, Barbara Adams from Global Policy Forum, and Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs at The New School and Vice-Chair of the Committee for Development Policy, will discuss lessons of the VNR process to date including national reporting on the 2030 Agenda, both by governments and civil society. The event will present the key findings of an overview content analysis of 2019 Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) by the Committee for Development Policy (CDP).

Webinar: Launch of the 2020 global Multidimensional Poverty Index


Charting Pathways out of Poverty with the global
Multidimensional Poverty Index

16 July 2020, 11:30 am EDT


The update of the global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) in 2020, contains unprecedented and riveting findings – on how poverty reduced in a study covering 5 billion people, on how COVID-19 might affect projected levels of multidimensional poverty, and on how MPI interacts with SDG indicators like vaccination, work, and the environment.

Join our panelists for a discussion of how to understand and fight poverty in the present times. The panel will consider the importance of a multidimensional approach to understand current poverty levels and trends in poverty reduction.

The discussion will also explore how the MPI can provide a tool to chart pathways out of multidimensional poverty and explore the correlations between the MPI and pressing global challenges such as immunisation and climate change.

Speakers include:

  • Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
  • Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative
  • HE M.A. Mannan, Minister of Planning, Bangladesh
  • Isabel Saint Malo, Former Vice President, Panama
  • Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
  • Theadora Swift Koller, Senior Technical Advisor, Equity, World Health Organization
  • Dean Joliffe, Lead Economist, Development Data Group, World Bank


RECORDING AVAILABLE: The Capability Approach and Structural Injustice

Watch the videorecording here

June 26, 2020
Panelists: Jay Drydyk, Carleton University; Serene Khader, Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center

Covid 19 has highlighted inequalities that have led to drastically different outcomes for different demographics. Some will be able to work from home, others will need to remain at work and clearly at a higher risk. In the UK people identifying as BAME have been found to be much more likely to die from the illness than their white counterparts.

In the midst of the crisis, some of the largest protests seen in the US in half a century have flared up over police violence towards black citizens. Many consider this a potential moment for change towards more just structures.

As demands for justice, and a reconstruction of social systems which are argued to reproduce injustice take place. This discussion asks how we can understand this through a capabilities lens.

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