The NGO Sub-Committee for the Eradication of Poverty was founded on October 13, 1999, by members of the NGO Committee for Social Development, to aid the United Nations in working toward the pillar of the World Summit for Social Development Copenhagen 1995 on eradication of poverty: “Eradicating poverty in the world, through decisive national actions and international cooperation, as an ethical, social, political and economic imperative.” The Sub-Committee chose to focus on human poverty, which is measured not only by economic indicators, but by indicators related to health, education, access to water, etc. The Sub-Committee has authored numerous position papers for UN conferences, has maintained dialogue with the UN Secretariat and with government representatives at the UN, and has sponsored events at the UN for young people to speak about their role in fighting poverty, especially those living in poverty. The Sub-Committee helpsto promote and participates in commemorating the International Day for Eradication of Poverty- October 17th.
NGO Subcommittee for the Eradication of Poverty
Annual report May 2012- April 2013
Subcommittee members On average 22 members participate in the monthly meetings. Twenty six member organizations have paid their dues during the reporting period.
Core Group The reporting period began with members comprising of Jean Stoner, Cecile Meyer, Steve O’Neil, Tom Brennan, Cristina Diez, Winifred Doherty and Fatima Rodrigo; From July 2012 onwards the core group members are the latter four.
Agenda for the year Social Protection Floor; Responding to the invitation by the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on rights based approach to participation of people living in poverty; Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty; International Day for the Eradication of Poverty; Post 2015 Global Development Agenda; Resolution on the UN Second Decade for Poverty Eradication; GA Resolutions on Poverty Eradication
The Working Group on Poverty and Climate Change organized a DPI event on Poverty and Climate Change. At the November meeting the group decided not to meet on a regular basis. The priority of the group is constituent education. Jean Stoner will continue to keep the website page update on the connection between poverty and climate change.
Educational sessions: Three session were held (i) on ‘ILO Recommendations 202’ by Griet Cattaert, ILO (ii) ‘NGOs’ role in furthering the Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty among our constituencies’ by Cristina Diez, ATD Fourth World and (iii) Update on the Post 2015 Agenda with Lysa John, Head of Outreach for the High Level Panel Secretariat.
51st Session of the Commission for Social Development: The Subcommittee in collaboration with member organizations organized three side events titled:
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP): With minimum cooperation from the Subcommittee, the IDEP 2012 was commemorated significantly on the theme ‘Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty: Promoting empowerment and building peace’ by ATD Fourth World in partnership with the Permanent Missions of France and Burkina Faso and International Organisation of La Francophonie. The active presence and participation of people living in poverty in the celebration is what makes the day special. There was good representation from Member States also.
Submitted: Core Group of Sub-Committee on Poverty Eradication
Date: April 12, 2013