In support of the 2017 session of ECOSOC, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) convened an e-Discussion on the 2017 main ECOSOC theme from 20 March to 17 April 2017. The discussions focused on:
- Eradicating poverty and leaving no one behind, moderated by Mr. Pedro Conceição, Director, Strategic Policy, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP;
- New evidence and innovations in poverty eradication efforts, moderated by Ms. Wenyan Yang, Chief, Social Perspective on Development Branch, Division for Social Policy and Development, DESA;
- Systemic challenges and opportunities in eradicating poverty, moderated by Mr. Vinicius Pinheiro, Special Representative to the United Nations and Director, ILO Office for the United Nations.
The e-Discussion generated approximately 330 contributions from 137 countries. The Discussion engaged 5,510 participants from civil society, the private sector, academia and the UN system. Many shared best practices and provided concrete suggestions for eradicating poverty, especially at the national and local levels.