Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff emphasizes poverty reduction in her opening speech at the UN General Assembly
New York, 22 September- The first female Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is also the first woman in history to open the debate at a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this week.
The president placed strong emphasis on the importance of poverty alleviation, stating that “the best development policy is to fight poverty”, with Brazil as a role model in achieving progress on this front. Brazil has already lifted 40 million people out of poverty and into the middle class. The United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of eradicating extreme poverty and huger was realized by Brazil in 2007, when the extreme poverty rate decreased to 4.8%, less than a fifth of the 25.6% in 1990. Rousseff expressed confidence in having all of the MDGs achieved before the end of her term as president.
The important role and empowerment of women in the society was also highlighted by the president, as women take responsibility of the resources needed for child care, and are a vital pillar for growth and development, as well as sustainably achieving democracy, justice and human rights. Although women are still less present in the labor market than men, there has been an increase in the female labor force, from 52.8% in 1998 to 57.6% in 2008.
Rousseff’s speech shows important role of social policies in achieving inclusive growth and sustainable development in the fight against poverty. It is important for developing countries to collectively share social policy objectives and experiences, as well as practice mutual learning in gaining new, fresh insights towards policy-centered ways of tackling poverty. South-South cooperation represents a chance for re-shaping the cooperation practice and discourse, putting at the centre the development needs and challenges of the countries in our developing world. This is the prime objective of the International Poverty Centre for Inclusive Growth of the United Nations Development Programme, as we strive to facilitate the sharing process on a day to day basis.
By Jenny Maukola, with contributions from Mariana Hoffmann, IPC-IG
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