Leave no one behind Conference

The Government of Botswana hosted an international conference in Gaborone on the Leave No One Behind principle and its implications. The conference was organized in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and with technical support from other United Nations agencies.

The theme is 'Leave No One Behind: The Fight Against Poverty, Exclusion and Inequality', is the principle at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It was chosen in recognition of the close linkages between poverty, exclusion and inequality, and a recognition that much remains to be done in these areas to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The theme provides an opportunity to reflect on the challenges facing efforts to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities in income and non-income dimensions of wellbeing, and to combat exclusion that, in its various forms, excludes specific groups in society from the benefits of growth, access to services and participation in political processes. This will entail exploring the extent to which policies and strategies implemented to date have been effective, and what kind of changes are still required to achieve tangible results.

Participants include senior government policymakers and officials from Botswana and other countries in Africa and beyond, scholars and research institutions, civil society organizations, United Nations Agencies, the European Union, World Bank, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), development partners, and the private sector. They will engage with experts from well-recognized global think tanks and policymakers from Brazil, UK, Bangladesh, Greece, Honduras, Indonesia, Mauritius, Panama, South Africa, among others.

H.E President, Lieutenant General, Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama officially opened the conference on Tuesday 20 March 2018. Dr. Stephen Devereux of the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, delivered a key note address. His Honour, Vice President, Mokgweetsi Masisi closed the ceremony on Wednesday 21 March 2018.

The outcome document from the conference capturing details of the confernce including key messages will be uploaded as soon as it is finalised.

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