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Eradicating poverty and hunger-Joining forces to make it happen
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Tuesday, 20 March 2007
In preparation for this year’s first Annual Ministerial Review of the Economic and Social Council on the theme of “Strengthening efforts to eradicate poverty and hunger, including through the global partnership for development” an informal preparatory meeting will be held at UN Headquarters in New York on 2 April 2007.

The event will be chaired by H.E Mr. Dalius Čekuolis, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations and President of ECOSOC. An opening address will be delivered by H.E. Mrs. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, and a keynote address will be made by Mr. Wang Zhongyu, President of the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AESCSI). Roundtable Panelists will include:

H.E. Mr. Jean-Max Bellerive, Minister of Planning and External Cooperation, Haiti
Ms. Ester Bemerguy de Albuquerque, International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AESCSI) and Secretary-General, Council for Social and Economic Development, Brazil
Dr. Ricardo Ffrench-Davis, Professor of Economics, University of Chile, and Co-Director of the Macroeconomics Task Force of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue
Ms. Rajul Pandya-Lorch, Chief of Staff and Head of 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment Initiative, IFPRI
Mr. Jean-Claude Pasty, Chairman, Group Union de L’Europe (AESCSI)
Dr. Ann Pettifor, Director, Advocacy International
Professor Stephen C. Smith, Director, Research Programme in Poverty, Development and Globalization, George Washington University
Dr. Patrick Webb, Dean for Academic Affairs, Alexander MacFarlane Professor of Public Policy, Tufts University

For further information please contact Mr. Paul Simon, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA at (917) 367-5027; fax (212) 963-7454, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
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