Thimphu meeting to review plan

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- ANIL GIRI, Kathmandu
Thimphu meeting to review plan

Jul 26, 2015-

Member states are going to revisit the Saarc Plan of Action on Poverty Alleviation in a ministerial meeting to be held in Thimphu, Bhutan, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In line with the decision of the 18th Saarc Summit held in Kathmandu last November, the member countries will make public the regional poverty profile (RPP).

Minister for Urban Development Narayan Khadka is representing Nepal in the meeting which will also discuss several other poverty alleviation-related issues.

The 12th Islamabad Summit in 2004 endorsed the Plan of Action on Poverty Alleviation, and during the 13th Summit, leaders declared 2006-2015 as the Saarc Decade of Poverty Alleviation. “There are good achievements made but they are not enough,” said Khadka.

Saarc member countries had decided that during the decade, endeavours, both at the national and regional levels, would continue to be made with a sense of commitment and urgency to make the region poverty-free.

Officials said the Fourth Meeting of Saarc Ministers on Poverty Alleviation will discuss the outcome of the extension of the first cycle of Saarc development goals from 2012 till 2015, which would also coincide with the completion of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.

The meeting will discuss ways to make the goals compatible in the regional context with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will replace the MDGs in September. Officials said the contextualisation of the Saarc goals with the SDGs is a major agenda of the meeting.

The Saarc Summit in Kathmandu had recognised that the Post-2015 Development Agenda, following its adoption at the UN, would present opportunities to compliment national and regional efforts on sustainable development.

An inter-governmental process was supposed to appropriately contextualise the SDGs at the regional level. Saarc leaders had reiterated in Kathmandu their strong commitment to rid South Asia of poverty, directing ministerial and secretary-level mechanisms to review the progress.

Cooperatives were recognised as potential drivers in achieving inclusive, broad-based and sustainable growth and development and there were calls to share experiences, expertise and best practices in the sector.

The annual regional poverty profile published since 2003 will be replaced by the biennial Saarc Development Report. The meeting will also take a decision on the proposed Saarc Handicraft Village: Handicraft Design, Development and Promotion Centres.

Published: 27-07-2015 08:06

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