International Law Society

Global Issues Symposium


The International Law Society cordially invites you to New York City for its annual Global Issues Symposium

The United Nations and Three Challenges of the 21st Century

Peace and Security
The Promotion of Human Rights
The Reduction of Poverty


Thursday, March 29, 2007 · NYU School of Law · Lipton Hall, 108 West third Street


Panel Discussion 3: The Reduction of Poverty



The Secretary-General's report places poverty under the heading “Freedom From Want” and gives a relatively detailed account of the Millennium Development Goals, which were established by the Secretariat after the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration by the General Assembly in 2000. Additionally, the General Assembly resolution reaffirms a commitment “to eradicate poverty and promote sustained economic growth, sustainable development and global prosperity for all” and expresses concern with “the slow and uneven progress towards poverty eradication and the realization of other development goals in some regions.” The achievement of the Millennium Development Goals is one of the declared goals of UN reform. Yet the goal of poverty reduction as a touchtone for reform is often overshadowed by other reform goals, such as making the UN more responsive to threats to international peace and security. This panel will address how UN institutions like the ECOSOC, the UN Development Program, and others can reform to better fulfill the development aspirations of the UN Charter.


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