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Moving development agenda forward through people’s empowerment

Monday, 10 March 2014
Moving development agenda forward through people’s empowerment

After ten days of work, the Commission completed its 52nd session on 21 February and approved six draft resolutions, which will now be sent to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for adoption.

As this session ended, so did the two-year cycle of the review and policy meetings held under the priority theme of “Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all.” During the course of its session, the Commission convened a high-level panel discussion, as well as a general debate on the subject of empowerment.

Empowerment in focus

Among the six draft resolutions, the Commission turned its attention to the subject of inclusive, equitable and balanced approaches to overcoming poverty. The draft resolution on promoting empowerment calls for improving access to employment, quality education, water and sanitation, health care and social protection. Transparency and accountability, good governance and civic engagement were underscored as core elements of an empowering approach to policy-making and policy implementation.

“We live in a world of growing inequality, not only in wealth, but also inequality in power. The Commission has the responsibility, as well as an opportunity, to re-affirm the role of empowerment as an insurance against growing disempowerment and inequality. It is only if we support people’s right to have a voice throughout the policy making process, that the social protection policies and human rights frameworks can be made real,“ said John Gaventa, Director of the Coady International Institute, following the high-level panel discussion.

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Source: UNDESA

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