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Eradicating all forms of poverty so that no one is left behind is the pledge of  SDG 1 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Asia and the Pacific region has made good progress in two areas: reduction in extreme poverty and access to water and sanitation. Number of people living in extreme poverty (PPP$1.9 a day poverty) has significantly decreased from 1.9 billion to roughly 689 million during 1990 - 2017. Nonetheless, the region still faces the challenges due to  inadequate coverage of social protection, economic suffering from disasters, and insufficient investment aimed to improve human resources and capabilities, among others. This roundtable will focus on the discussions about how to address all forms of poverty through development programmes and investment. The priority actions range from income generating activities to investment in building capabilities and resilience as well as enhancing climate and disaster risks reduction, to protecting human rights, fostering women’s participation and building the capacity of developing countries in the areas of disaggregated data collection and analysis.  With the impact of COVID-19, the session will also further explore how risk reduction, resilience, and recovery can improve the situation of poor and vulnerable communities.

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