In October, 2003, Focus on the Global South, a regional program for policy research, analysis and action, in collaboration with the Poverty and Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), brought together representatives of 20 non-government and people’s organizations from 13 countries to discuss Goal 1 of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger. The main purpose of this Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum was to propose recommendations to the Committee on Poverty Reduction of the UNESCAP as to how countries of the regions could better achieve the goal.
This dossier contains the discussion paper and the statement that form the output of the Forum. The short statement was formally presented to the UNESCAP Committee on Poverty Reduction during the first session of its meeting on October 8, 2003 while the longer paper was distributed to the Committee member on the same day. The rest of the dossier is a compilation of relevant analyzes and experience contributed by some of the participants as well as others in the regional civil society.