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Regional Commissions highlight importance of policy integration at national level and regional connectivity to eradicate poverty in a presentation to ECOSOC Integration Segment

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Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, ESCAP Executive Secretary, emphasized the importance of integration of poverty reduction measures into national planning and budgetary processes, promoting cross-sectoral coordination between line ministries, alleviating impacts of environmental degradation and climate change on most vulnerable groups, raising economic productivity and generating decent jobs through cross-border economic cooperation and regional connectivity. This was part of Ms. Akhtar’s presentation on behalf of the Regional Commissions at the 2017 Integration Segment of ECOSOC. This high-level ECOSOC meeting addressed the theme “Making eradication of poverty an integral objective of all policies: what will it take?” Its conclusions will provide technical guidance to the 2017 ECOSOC High-level Political Forum which will take place from 10 to 19 July in New York.