Commission on Social Development to focus on empowering poorest

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Giving the poorest and most vulnerable the voice and tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty is key to bolstering efforts towards meeting the global development goals, according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's latest report on promoting people's empowerment.

And that's the theme of the 51st session of the Commission on Social Development which opens a 10-day session at UN headquarters and its Civil Society Forum on Wednesday.

According to the report, despite gains, nearly 80 per cent of the world's population is without adequate access to social protection.

The report, titled "Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all", notes that the lack of social, political and economic opportunities leaves people living in poverty feeling powerless to improve their position.

The report states that while more than 600 million people have overcome poverty since 1990, 1 billion people will still be struggling to reach that goal by the 2015 deadline year for attaining the Millennium Development Goals.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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