Press Release on the High- level side event on “Poverty at a Crossroad: Using Leadership and the Multidimensional Poverty Index to Build Back Better”

Press Release

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. K P Sharma Oli addressed, through a pre-recorded video, a high-level side event entitled ‘Poverty at a Crossroad: Using Leadership and the Multidimensional Poverty Index to Build Back Better’ organized on the margins of the 75th Session of UN General Assembly this morning.

The Prime Minister said that, with only a decade left to achieve the 2030 Agenda, progress made in poverty reduction should be a primary indicator of assessing our overall development efforts. He stressed that investing in people and preventing them from re-lapsing into poverty would be a key challenge amidst the current health and economic crisis.

He underlined Nepal’s policies aimed at ending all forms of discrimination and deprivation, and promoting economic growth based on equity and social justice. We are committed to ensuring that no one remains hungry and no one dies of hunger, he stated.

Highlighting Nepal’s approach of looking at poverty as a multidimensional problem, the Prime Minister shed light on the Government’s targeted programs on reducing poverty, illiteracy, and unemployment. He further outlined the efforts made towards improving delivery of essential services including universal access to renewable energy, basic water supply and sanitation.

The high-level event was co-hosted by the Governments of Chile and Pakistan in collaboration with Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network and United Nations Development Programme. Presidents of Afghanistan, Chile, Costa Rica and Honduras, Vice President of Ecuador, and Prime Minster of Pakistan were also among the leaders who spoke on the occasion.

Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations
New York
24 September 2020