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POLICIES FOR ACHIEVING THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS IN THE ECE REGION: REDUCING EXTREME INCOME DISPARITIES

2-3 October 2003
Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
Salle XI

Thursday, 2 October 2003

 

10.00 - Opening remarks :Executive Secretary

Session I:

Poverty in the low-income countries of the ECE region (discussion session)

 

 Chair: Dieter Hesse, UNECE

Paper :

Poverty in the CIS and the Baltic region
Jane Falkingham, University of Southampton

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 Discussants:

 

 - Renee Friedman, UNDP Regional Support Centre Bratislava>
 - Gilda Farrell, Council of Europe

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 Presentation:

 

Poverty in the European Union
Laura Bardone, European Commission; Employment and Social Affairs DG

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 General Discussion

12.50 - Chairperson's summary

13.00-15.00 - Lunch break

15.00

Session II:

The role of institutions and domestic targeted policies

 

 Chair: Jane Falkingham, University of Southampton

 

 Presentations:

(i)

The role of housing policy
Iskra Dandolova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia

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(ii)

Transforming property rights into a tool for poverty alleviation: the importance of institutions
Geoffrey Hamilton, UNECE

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(iii)

The role of gender equality
Anra Tabyshalieva, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, The John Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze, School of Advance International Studies

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(iv)

The challenge of HIV/AIDS to health, poverty, and economic development in the ECE region
Henning Mikkelsen, UNAIDS

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 General Discussion

17.45 - Chairperson's summary

18.00 -End of first day / Reception

 

Friday, 3 October 2003

 

10.00

Session II:

The role of institutions and domestic targeted policies [cont’d]

 

 Chair: Jane Falkingham

 

 Presentations:

(i)

Social protection
Wouter Van Ginneken, ILO

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(ii)

The role of the informal economy
Predrag Bejakovic, Institute of Public Finance, Zagreb

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 General Discussion

11.15 - Chairperson's summary

11.20

Session III:

Country experiences with MDGs and poverty reduction initiatives: national and international perspectives (Roundtable)

 

Chair: Renee Friedman, UNDP

(i)

National experiences: Common Country Assessments and Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers

 

 Presentations:

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Albania:Tim Scott, UNDP Country Office Tirana

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Moldova: Arcadie Barbarosie, Public Policy Institute, Moldova

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Poland: Irena Woycicka, Gdansk Institute for Market Economics (IbnGR), Gdansk

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 General Discussion

13.00-15.00 - Lunch break

15.00-15.15

 

 General Discussion [continued]

15.20

Session III:

Country experiences with MDGs and poverty reduction initiatives: national and international perspectives [cont’d]

(ii)

The role of international institutions in support of national poverty reduction initiatives (and the status of low-income countries)

 

 Presentations:

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Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Council of Europe

 

 

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Abdelmajid Slama, International Fund for Agricultural Development

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Dorothy Rosenberg, UNDP

 

 

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Charles Gore, NCTAD

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 General Discussion

17.50 - Chairperson's summary

Closing remarks

18.00 - End of seminar