International Drug Control


A call for greater cooperation and a more holistic approach to promoting sustainable development was in general consensus at today’s session. The discussion highlighted the ways in which vast implementation and distribution of narcotics worldwide has degraded the biodiversity, population, and safety of nations. Extremist ideologies that have indulged terrorism, crime, and the mass influx of refugees in Syria were considered as parts of today’s humanitarian crisis.

It was discussed that the drug trade has damaged the ecosystems of various nations, including Bolivia and Kenya. Mr. Koki Muli Grignon compared the supply and demand of the drug trade to the destruction of an ecosystem by poaching elephants. The youth, who fall prey into affiliating with larger terrorist organizations, are often recruited while still in school. In response, preventative, youth based anti-drug programs have been established. Healthcare and rehabilitation services for recovering addicts are being established with greater significance. The reintegration and socialization of those who are recuperating has not only been receiving more funding, but also has been promoted through various programs, including group family therapy, courses, and residential hostels.

Mr. Nimrod Barkan discussed a unique, gender-based perspective on drug addiction, which Israel has deemed crucial to recovery. Since the majority of addicts are men, women living with addictions are an antagonized minority. As a result, women are less likely to receive needed treatment. Additionally, Mr. Barkan disclosed how often women experienced other forms of violence. Different treatments were developed to best fit the needs of men and women.

Meeting: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice; International Drug Control

Date/ Location: Thursday, October 6th, 2016; 10:00-13:00; Conference Room 1

Speakers: Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba; Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; Juana Sandoval, Deputy Representative of Nicaragua; Kathrin Nescher, Advisor of Liechtenstein; Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru; Andrei Dapkiunas, Permanent Representative of Belarus; Mr. Al Muhairi, Delegate of United Arab Emirates; Bouchaib Eloumni, Permanent Mission of Morocco; Carlos Duarte, Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil; Koki Muli Grignon, Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya; Sacha Sergio Llorentty Soliz, Permanent Representative of Bolivia; Amjad Qassem Agha, Delegate of Syria; Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy Sea; Nimrod Barkan, Delegate of Israel; Mariyam Midhfa Naeem, Deputy Permanent Representative of Maldives; Zhiqiang Li, Delegate of China

Written By: WIT Representative Donna Sunny


“If children can’t be saved, what is left for humanity”

In the Third Committee’s 13th and 14th meetings, delegates discussed the promotion and protection of children’s rights around the world by focusing on the violation of their rights in forced marriage, forced labor, and discrimination.

An introductory statement by Charles Radcliffe, the Chief of the Equality and Non-Discrimination Section of the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, highlighted the need to protect children from a variety of forms of exploitation, especially within forced marriages. As stated by Mr. Radcliffe, “One child is being forced into marriage every two seconds of every hour of every day.” Forced marriages, which affect mostly girls in their teens, have caused a variety of issues, such as an increase in rape cases and a decrease in the attendance rate of schools. By being forced into marriage, girls are sexually abused to the point that they become pregnant. Adolescent pregnancies, as a result of forced marriages, have led to an increase in maternal mortality rates. To address this issue, nations, such as Zimbabwe, have adopted policies to eradicate child marriages and protect those children who are already married.


Over five million children worldwide are forced to work in a variety of settings, with a larger portion being girls. Girls are mostly forced into prostitution, where they become vulnerable to exploitation and have very few chances to escape, leading to severe psychological issues. Boys are mostly forced to become soldiers. In nations like Syria, they are abducted to become members of terrorist organizations. Brainwashing young boys by forcing them to witness the death and severe abuse of innocent civilians creates a dangerous generation that harbors violence and terrorism. While prostitution and the recruitment of boys for terrorist organizations is something each nation addresses differently, the one form of forced labor nations similarly address is child labor within corporations and businesses. The issue of child labor is usually addressed by prohibiting the purchase of any products from businesses that force children to work for them.

Twenty-eight million children have fled their home countries in search for a safer area to reside. These children are branded as unwanted refugees or immigrants, forcing them to be detained for wanting to live safer lives. The lack of attention they have gotten has become a growing problem, with no access to an education, health care, or safe environment to live in. They become more vulnerable to all forms of abuse and sexual exploitation. To address this issue, nations, like those within the European Union, aim to seek alternatives to the detention of children to provide them with the attention they need.

Children being forced into all of these situations ultimately leave their childhoods behind. They are forced to become adults with no power over what is happening to them, showing a direct violation of their rights. Strengthening family ties and including children in the creation of policies ensures the ultimate protection of their rights. Children have a variety of rights, such as the right to a family, an education, development, none of which should be violated.  As stated by Maud De Boer-Buquicchio, the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, “If children can’t be saved, what is left for humanity?”

Meeting: Third Committee 13th and 14th Meetings on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children

Date/Location: Thursday, October 13th, 2016; 10:00 to 13:00 & 15:00 to 18:00; Conference Room 1

Speakers: Charles Radcliffe, Chief of the Equality and Non-Discrimination Section of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); Benyam Dawit Mezmur, Chair of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC); Maud De Boer-Buquicchio, Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography; Mildred Guzmán Madera, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic; Abdallah Wafy, Permanent Representative of Niger; Keith Hamilton Llewellyn Marshall, Permanent Representative of Barbados; Hau Do Suan, Permanent Representative of Myanmar; Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe; Joanne Adamson, Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union; Kelly L. Razzouk, Adviser for the United States of America; Fatmaalzahraa Hassan Abdelaziz Abdelkawy, Second Secretary of Egypt; Marcelo Eliseo Scappini Ricciardi, Deputy Permanent Representative of Paraguay; Anima Joubli, Delegate of Switzerland; Paweł Radomski, Deputy Permanent Representative of Poland; Mahlatse Mminele, Chargé D’Affaires of South Africa; Jessica Cupellini, First Secretary of Italy; Martín García Moritán, Permanent Representative of Argentina; Miguel Camilo Ruiz Blanco, Deputy Permanent Representative of Colombia; Jorge Luis Cepero Aguilar, Second Secretary of Cuba; Kristina Sukacheva, Attaché of the Russian Federation; Maria Clarisa Goldrick, First Secretary of Nicaragua; Jasem K. S. Harari, Second Secretary of Libya; Nguyen Duy Thanh, Third Secretary of Viet Nam; Karima Bardaoui, Counsellor of Tunisia; Alex Giacomelli da Silva, Minister Plenipotentiary of Brazil; Susan Wangeci Mwangi, First Counsellor of Kenya; May-Elin Stener, Deputy Permanent Representative of Norway; Amjad Qassem Agha, Second Secretary of the Syrian Arab Republic; Kathrin Nescher, Second Secretary of Liechtenstein; Madhuka Sanjaya Wickramarachchige, First Secretary of Sri Lanka; Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See; Gloria Cid Carreño, Counsellor of Chile; Tan Wee Zi, Delegate of Singapore; Ms. Halevi, Youth Delegate of Israel; Mr. Caray, Delegate of Turkey; Danijel Medan, Deputy Permanent Representative of Croatia; Ms. Garcia, Delegate of Costa Rica; Ms. Al-Khater, Delegate of Qatar; Vilatsone Visonnavong, First Secretary of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Cameron Jelinski, Counsellor of Canada; Mr. Al-Hussaini, Delegate of Iraq; Bankole Adeoye, Delegate of Nigeria; Mekdelawit Taye Alemayehu, Delegate of Ethiopia

Written By: Leticia Murillo, WIT Representative


ITCs for Development


Marie Paule Roudil, the director of UNESCO, discussed the importance of community media. UNESCO is attempting to conclude crimes against journalists, as one of its goals is to facilitate media development. The significant impact which information and communications technologies (ICT) can have on sustainable development was also discussed from various angles. Financial inclusion, a broadened distribution of information and an increase in the quality of education were predicted from a future with greater ICT access. Ms. Roudil continued by explaining that press freedom and access to information are sustainable development goals.

In making a comparison, Ms. Roudil elucidated that 6.7% of households situated in least developed countries (LDC) have access to the Internet, while 34.1% of household in developed countries have access to the Internet. Statistical discrepancies also exist between the amount of ICT access in rural and urban areas, financially secure and financially insecure areas and between males and females.

Ms. Pitchaporn Liwjaroen of Thailand called for inclusive sustainable development. Often, due to gender-based prejudice, females are not afforded the same opportunities that their male counterparts are to access these resources. Inclusive development is called for in Agenda 2030.

To help promote the value of ICTs, various nations are instituting technology-based programs that offer scholarships and other opportunities to their respective pupils. Masud Bin Momen described IPOA, a scholarship for students in Bangladesh. Also, according to Ye Yongfeng, programs to teach coding in schools are being integrated in Singapore. The majority of delegates gave their condolences to the nation of Thailand for the death of their king, Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Ashish Kumar Sinha expressed that the integration of ICT in India has been through e-governance, which provides open, governmental information. This has helped empower vulnerable populations, including rural people. He discussed how better, real time information has been transforming public policy.

Meeting: Information and communications technologies for development

Date/ Location: Thursday, October 13th, 2016; 15:00-18:00; Conference Room 2

Speakers: Shamika Sirimanne, Director of ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division of. UNESCAP; Marie Paule Roudil, Director of UNESCO; Ms. Pitchaporn Liwjaroen, Second Secretary of Development Affairs Division of Department of International Organizations of Thailand; Dato Abdul Ghafar Ismail, New Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam; Pennelope Althea Beckles, new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; Masud Bin Momen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh; Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives; Maria Angela A. Ponce, Career Minister of Philippines; Ina Hagniningtyas Krisnamurthi, Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia; Ashish Kumar Sinha, First Secretary of India; Michael Ronen, Ambassador of Israel; Roman V Lopyrev, Delegate of Russian Federation; Dr. Amrith Rohan Perera, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka; Abdullah Mohammed A Alghunaim, Ambassador of Afghanistan; Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba; William José Calvo Calvo, Minister-Counselor of Costa Rica; Ye Yongfeng, Permanent Representative of Singapore; Carlos Sergio Sobral Duarte Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Embassy of Brazil; Raja Reza Raja Zaib Shah, Deputy Permanent Minister of Malaysia;  Nirmal Raj Kafle Deputy Head of Nepal; Ali Alnuaimi, Delegate of United Arab Emirates; Salvador De Lara Rangel, Counsellor of Mexico; Mounkaila Yacouba, Delegate of Niger; Tamara Kharashun, Counsellor of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus; Anthony Andanje, Ambassador/ Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya; Liu Jun, Ambassador of China; Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia; Ilkin Hajiyev, Third Secretary of Azerbaijan; Bankole Adeoye, Director of Second United Nations Division of Nigeria; Mr. Biljeek, Ambassador of Bahrain; Kadiatou Sall-Beye, International Telecommunication Union

Written By: Donna Sunny, WIT Representative


SDGs and the Science-Policy Interface


This session, organized to strengthen the Science-Policy Interface, brought together experts from within the scientific community to contribute new ideas and solutions to achieve the SDGs. H.E. Mr. Hector, opened the session by remarking that while Science, Technology and Innovation has reshaped our world and has solved grave humanitarian problems, it is nonetheless marred by many challenges.

Mr. Wu Hongbo presented the 2016 pilot Global Sustainable Development Report with the recurring theme “leaving no one behind”. He also added that other chapters in the report provide highlights of the various impacts the delivery of nexus infrastructure and cross cutting dimensions of technology. He concluded that the report underscore the importance of preserving a window in science and policy which needed to inform the implementation of the 2030 agenda.

Ms. Lucilla Spini took a different approach to channel the discussion on power, focusing on how the SDGs and conscience policy can help us make informed decisions. She reiterated that power is what enables decision makers to ensure that no one is left behind.

The panelists during the discussion provided some important new ideas, scientific insights and technological solutions proposed for policy considerations and the gaps that need to be filled to achieve SDGs. The panelists also discussed the role of the GSDR in further strengthening the science-policy interface.

Mr. Gueladio elucidated the benefits of collaborating with the scientific community from a cultural perspective while Mr. Patrick and Mr. Aurelien highlighted the role higher education can play in influencing the science policy interface.

Mr. Donovan and Mr. Peter highlighted the need for young scientist to be included in the SDG discussion while pointing out that eminent scientist may not be the best at inducing change as they are often focused on a narrower niche.

Meeting: Science-policy interface: New ideas, insights, and solutions

Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, 12 July 2016/ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM/ Conference Room 4


  • E. Mr. Hector Alejandro Palma Cerna, Deputy-Permanent Representative of Honduras to the UN and Vice President of ECOSOC (CHAIR)
  • Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
  • Lucilla Spini, Head of Science Programmes of the International Council for Science (ICSU) (MODERATOR)
  • Gueladio Cisse, Head of the Ecosystem Health Sciences Unit at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
  • E. William Colglazier, Senior Scholar at the Center for Science Diplomacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Aurélien Decamps, Assistant Professor at Kedge Business School, Sustainability Literacy Test and the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
  • Donovan Guttieres, Focal Point for the Youth Science-Policy Interface Platform of UN Major Group for Children and Youth and Policy Focal Point for the Youth Gateway, the Global Youth Partnership for the SDG
  • Peter Messerli, Director of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at the Institute of Geography of the University of Bern
  • Mr. Patrick Paul Walsh, Professor and Chair of International Development Studies of the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin

Written by: Fred Yonghabi
Photo by: UNESCO

Agenda 2030 and Small Island Developing States (SIDS)


Identifying the synergies between the 2030 Agenda and the SAMOA Pathway, this session called special attention to the unique vulnerabilities faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in their sustainable development. Challenges including their small geographic size, remoteness, narrow resource and export base, and their frontline exposure to global environmental challenges such as climate change and ocean degradation. SIDS are urging resource mobilization so as to help businesses access and apply investment capabilities so as to cope with these physical, social and economic impacts, as well as allow for further sustainable, economic development. Of primary concern are both SDG13 and 14 – climate action and life below water – as the negative consequences of inaction have the potential to destroy most island populations’ livelihoods. Indeed, the devastating climate change impacts on oceans, such as sea level rise, ocean acidification, and ecosystem destruction make SIDs more vulnerable and call for a robust mechanism of coordination and strengthened means of implementation to ensure that no one is left behind, including SIDS.

Meeting: Discussion on ‘Making the 2030 Agenda deliver for SIDS, building on the SAMOA Pathway’

Date/Time/Location: 14 July, 2016; 11:30 – 13:00; Trusteeship Chamber

Speakers: H.E. Mr. Sven Jürgenson, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN and Vice President of ECOSOC; Ms. H. Elizabeth Thompson, Former UN Assistant Secretary General and Executive Coordinator for Rio+20 and former Minister for Energy and Environment of Barbados; Mr. Anote Tong, Former President of the Republic of Kiribati; Mr. David Smith, Coordinator at the University of Consortium for Small Island States, and the Institute for Sustainable Development, the University of the West Indies; Ms. Jusitna Langidrik, Chief Secretary of the Republic of the Marshall Islands; Ms. Kate Brown, Executive Director of the Global Island Partnership

Written By: Lena Courcol
Photo by: UN Development Programme (UNDP)

Skill Development and Youth Employment


Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and are continuously subject to underemployment, holding lower quality jobs that do not fully capitalize on their skills and talents. In addition, youth, and particularly young women, face greater labor market inequalities as they are often underpaid, and have to undertake multiple part-time jobs or work under temporary contracts. For this reason, entrepreneurship, leadership, innovative thinking and creativity must be better integrated into existing education systems that currently fail to address the practical needs of many young people. In the upcoming future, job creation will take place under sectors requiring STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – skills, thus education curriculum must be shifted to better boost youth employability and empower them for the future.

Meeting: Skills Development to Improve Youth Empowerment

Date/Time/Location: 15 July, 2016; 10:00 – 13:00; Conference Room 1

Speakers: Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth; Mr. Ronald Bruder, Founder of Education for Employment; Mr. William S. Reese, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Youth Foundation; Mr. Wellington Chibebe, Deputy Secretary General, International Trade Union Confederation; Ms. Kelli Wells, Executive Director of Education, GE Foundation; Santiago Iniguez de Onzo, Dean of IE Business School; Ms. Daniela Bas, Director at the United Nations DSPD/DESA; Ms. Melissa Garcia Velez, Youth Representative and Immigrant Organizer with the New York State Leadership Council

Written By: Lena Courcol
Photo by: UN Media Centre

UN@70 – Human Rights at the centre of the global agenda

UN_General_Assembly_hallMr. Roth commenced the debate by highlighting the indispensable relations between the effective implementation of the rule of law, access to justice and its vitality for human rights protection.

As the first who took the floor, Ms. Gurmendi stressed that whilst rule of law is the only access to human rights, corruption of judiciaries worldwide – in developing countries in particular has jeopardized institutions’ credibility. Hence, she called on member states to carry out reforms in strengthening the independency of judiciaries on the one hand, empowering civil society and citizens on the other in order to hold the justice system accountable.

Whilst agreeing with other panelists, Ms. Harkrisnowo argued that the importance of individuals compared to institutional reforms must not be understated, in which having country leaders that are human-rights-oriented is essential for countries to formulate polices that protect human rights. And the only way to do so, in her opinion, would be to ensure all human rights principles are properly induced at all governmental institutions, as a sin qua non of establishing a human rights-friendly governance.

As a round-up, Mr. McDuhall emphasized that rule of law and rule by law are two entirely different concepts, and for human rights to be upheld, aligning to the ideal of the former system is indispensable.

Meeting: General Assembly – High-level thematic debate entitled “UN@70 – Human rights at the centre of the global agenda”: Interactive segment 2 on Building the foundations for human rights – Governance, the rule of law and access to justice

Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, 12 July, 2016; 15:00– 16:25; Trusteeship Council Chamber

Speakers: Mr. Ken Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, Ms. Silvia Fernandez de Guremendi, President of the International Criminal Court, Ms. Harkristuti Harkrisnowo, Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Indonesia, Mr. Ian McDouhall, Executive Vice-president &General Counsel at Lexis Nexis

Written by: Raphael LEUNG
Photo by: United Nations Media Centre

HLPF 2016 – Food Security


Food security and nutrition are seen as essential to sustainable development. Indeed, without adequate nutrition and food provision, populations are made susceptible to greater costs in health, both physical and financial, as well as face greater challenges in gaining education and employment. For this reason, the 2030 Agenda’s SDG 2, ‘Zero Hunger’, seeks to achieve food security for all, including the 795 million people who currently suffer from hunger worldwide, as well as future generations who are anticipated to experience immense agricultural pressure due to expected population growth. In addressing food security it is important to recognize and understand the nexus between sustainable agriculture and its different threats – primarily human activities causing degradation and destruction of ocean and terrestrial ecosystems, as well as impacts of climate change. An integrated approach is hereby crucial to resolving and strengthening sustainable agriculture for a food secure future.

Meeting: Ensuring that no one is left behind – Food security and sustainable agriculture, climate action, sustainable oceans and terrestrial ecosystems – adopting a nexus approach

Date/Time/Location: 12 July, 2016; 10:00 – 11:30; Conference Room 4

Speakers: H.E. Mr. Sven Jürgenson, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN and Vice President of ECOSOC; H.E. Mr. Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues, Seychelles; Ms. Deborah Fulton, Secretary at the Committee on World Food Security (CFS); Ms. Evelyn Nguleka, President, World Farmer’s Organization; Ms. Omoyemen Lucia Odigie-Emmanuel, President of the Centre for Human Rights and Climate Change; Mr. Jake, Rice, Chief Scientist, Emiritus at the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)

Written By: Lena Courcol

High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development


H.E Mr. Oh Joon declared opened the 2016 High-Level Political forum on sustainable development, convened under the auspices of the ECOSOC. He invited the forum to turn to the provisional agenda which was adopted with no objections. He further stated that we are all in this together to ensure a sustainable future for all, wishing good and productive meetings in the next two weeks

Mr. Wu also delivered his opening remarks reiterated the theme of the HLPF “leaving no one behind” stating during his presentation of the Secretary-General SDG Report Progress, stating that we must tackle all challenges and build an inclusive society and that political leadership drive implementation.

The first panel discussion, chaired by H.E. Mr. Oh Joon, and moderated by Ms. Paula addressed the question “where we stand at year one” Ms. Paula stated that there is need to focus on SDG implementation, asked the speakers (Ms. Debapriya, and Ms. Christina), and discussants (Mr. Martin, and Mr. Jose), about their thoughts and comments on where we stand, and their comment on the effective measures that countries are taking to ensure that no one is left behind.

The second-panel discussion, chaired by H.E. Mr. Hector, and moderated by Ms. Lisa Foster was focused on “Envisioning an Inclusive World in 2030”. Ms. Lisa asked the panelist (H.E. Mr. Ion Jinga, and Ms. Onalenna) and the lead discussants (Mr. Ibrahim and Mr. Alvaro), questions about inclusion, and the challenges of inclusion that countries face in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

H.E. Mr. Ion stated that inclusion is the core of 2030 agenda, adding that SDG 10 is necessary when talking about inclusion. Other panelists talk about inclusion of peoples with disabilities and indigenous peoples.

Meeting:  2016 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Date/Time/Location: 11th July 2016/10:00 – 1:00pm/Trusteeship Chamber


  • E. Mr. Oh Joon, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN and President of ECOSOC (CHAIR)
  • Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
  • Paula Caballero Gomez, Senior Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank (MODERATOR)
  • Debapriya Bhattacharya, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue and Chair of Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals
  • Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Debapriya Bhattacharya, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue and Chair of Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals
  • Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Written by: Fred Yonghabi.

HLPF 2016 – Poverty Reduction


Progress in poverty and hunger reduction are ideal and we should learn from the success stories in handful of countries.

The Moderator began with addressing significant gains in eradicating poverty and hunger, along with services access to basic human needs. In line with “Leaving no one behind”, universal provision of basic social services could be achieved by ambitious measures, full participation of local society and empowered humans.

Mr. Park asserted the value of community health in providing basic life-saving service, reaching the rural and indigenous population and vulnerable groups, say, women and children. Despite the challenges in service delivery and hostility a few countries, he confidently asserted cross-sector approaches would be the future, in scaling up community health protect for wider reaching out service.

Speaking of the strategies in poverty eradication, Ms. Diez reiterated the urgency on refining the mindset of poverty, where she believed multi-dimensional poverty required comprehensive indicators in determination, rather than rely on household earnings. In addition, Ms Pandya-Lorch stressed that rapid urbanization, climate change and regional conflict and displacement threatens the food security, contributed much to the existing problem, where lessons from Brazil, China and Thailand should be learnt on, followed by Representative of China who shared their approaches in achieving common prosperity and eliminating poverty.

Meeting: High-level political forum on sustainable development, “Lifting people out of poverty and addressing basic needs” convened under the auspices of the Council

Date/Time/Location: Monday, July 11, 2016; 15:00-18:00; Trusteeship Council Chamber

Speakers: H.E. Mr. Sven Jürgenson, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN and Vice President of ECOSOC; Mr. Michael Park, Director of Strategy and Operations of the Aspen Management Partnership for Health at the Aspen Institute; Ms. Sarina Prabasi, CEO of WaterAid America; Ms. Cristina Diez, Director of International Relations Training at the International Movement ATD Fourth World; Ms. Rajul Pandya-Lorch, Chief of Staff and Head of the 2020 Vision Initiative at the International Food Policy Research Institute; Representative of China

Written By: Kelvin HO