Millennium development goals

How can those who have lived in extreme poverty influence decision-making?

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How can those who have lived in extreme poverty influence decision-making?

 As a project at the heart of our society, long-lasting development cannot be achieved without including the fight against poverty. And crises in  rich and poor countries alike act as a daily reminder of this. We want to go one step further and make it possible for proposals drawn up with the input of the poorest members of society to be heard and debated on.

On 22 January 2013, the Committee of the Regions in Brussels brought together delegations made up of individuals living in poverty in Belgium, France, Spain and Poland, as well as Haiti, Mauritius and the Philippines, in addition to European leaders and members of civil society.

Post-2015 is the next stage of the Millennium Development Goals. The world of politics, and those with a say in major institutions, recognise that the knowledge gained from the experiences of the most disadvantaged members of society is fundamental and just as important as academic knowledge. Mr. Dupriez (President of the Walloon parliament) reported on the importance of removing poverty from the social sphere and engaging in dialogue with the poor on matters such as energy, mobility, employment and economic policy. But how can this knowledge be incorporated into future decisions?

This seminar is part of ATD Fourth World's evaluation program to assess the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) with persons who have first-hand experience of living in poverty. The programme seeks to enable those living in poverty to contribute their experience and thoughts to the post-2015 process put in place by the United Nations and Member States.