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UNESCO's Anti-Poverty Strategy
Poverty has been identified as one of UNESCO's two cross-cutting themes in order to promote inter-disciplinary collaboration across all its sectors, enhance efforts to understand and address the multi-dimensional nature of poverty and to promote innovation and efficacy in fighting it.
 
UNESCO has been called upon by its Member States, through various General Conference resolutions and Executive Board decisions, to make its specific contribution to poverty reduction through the design of an appropriate long-term strategy. The Executive Board concurred with the Director-General's subsequent proposal that poverty eradication be selected as a cross-cutting theme for the activities of the Organization as a whole.
The following strategy defines the main parameters of a distinct UNESCO contribution to poverty eradication, in particular extreme poverty, which will be integrated and followed by all programmes. It shall enable UNESCO to contribute constructively in its areas of competence to the implementation of the United Nations Millennium Declaration and especially its central goal of halving extreme poverty by the year 2015.

In sum, UNESCO will undertake the following activities:

a)Policy formulation and implementation, including assisting in the design of countryowned,
integrated pro-poor national policies and frameworks, involving all stakeholders, and building the capacities of governments to put in place participatory and inclusive processes at national and local levels;

b)Advocacy and information, emphasizing that freedom from poverty is a human right, a global ethical imperative, and a top priority for governments and the international community;

c)Policy-oriented research contributing to the analysis of extreme poverty – and monitoring progress toward its eradication;

d)Capacity-building, particularly in countries immersed in or emerging from conflict or natural disasters and at local levels;

e)Innovative field projects, especially through projects under its cross-cutting themes, to demonstrate feasibility and potential results as a basis for translating them into policies and mainstreaming them nationally or in other countries.




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Eradication of Poverty,
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