New Zealand Permanent Mission Geneva, Switzerland

Side Event at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Left to Right, HE Moses Mosé, Ambassador of the Solomon Islands to the UN; HE Jean-Marie Ehouzou, Ambassador, African Union; HE Emilia Pires, Minister of Finance Timor-Leste; HE Amanda Ellis, NZ Ambassador to the UN; HE Néstor Osorio, President of the Economic and Social Council; Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator.

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Timor Leste Finance Minister Emilia Pires were the key-note speakers at a side event about fragile states hosted by the New Zealand Mission, along with the Missions of the African Union and Solomon Islands on 8 July 2013.  The panel discussion aimed to:
Raise awareness among ECOSOC delegations and civil society about the challenges facing fragile states as they transition their economies onto a more stable and predictable footing;

  • Send a message to the international community about ways and means to foster inclusive growth in fragile states, with a special focus on creating jobs and enabling young people to contribute to development;
  • Identify the development and security issues that are likely to feature in the post-2015 environment;
  • Explore how states can avoid, and break out of, the ‘poverty-conflict trap’.

Co-hosts HE Amanda Ellis, Ambassador of New Zealand, HE Jean Marie Ehouzou, Ambassador of the African Union, and HE Moses Mosé, Ambassador of the Solomon Islands, introduced the key-note speakers and discussed the experiences of fragile states in the Pacific and Africa.

Read a summary of the speakers' remarks.

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