The United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, says it is committed to helping build global alliance to end poverty by 2026.
A UNDP administrator, Helen Clark, said ahead of the meeting on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, that ending poverty was only possible with a broad coalition of leaders from government, civil society, multilaterals and the private sector.
Ms. Clark was speaking on the eve of a major ministerial meeting to mark the organisation’s 50th anniversary.
The SDGs are the 17 ambitious goals that set out the world’s development agenda between now and 2030, focussing on poverty eradication, reduction of inequality and spread of peace and justice.
“Using the Sustainable Development Goals as our guide, a world where economies and societies are more inclusive can be built, and the planet can be protected from the worst effects of climate change and other forms of environmental degradation,” she said.
She noted that UNDP was well-placed to play a critical role in achieving the SDGs after 50 years on the frontlines of global development.
Over the period, the administrator said UNDP helped build institutions, increase resilience, and support countries as they implement vital reforms.
She said the body also continues to lead the co-ordination of the essential work of the UN system.
“Our work has contributed to major development gains in many countries around the world. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, the UNDP recommits itself to this task,” Ms. Clark said.
The administrator said with the support of government, partnership with civil society, private sectors, philanthropy and the multilateral system, the organization would achieve its goals of a world free of poverty and inequality.