Regional workshop to exchange information and experiences in cross-country and cross-sectoral collaboration and coordination in achieving the MDGs in selected LDCs

17 Dec 2014 to 18 Dec 2014
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Despite some very serious challenges, Asia-Pacific as a whole has achieved high rates of economic growth and overall development during the last decade. Yet, it continues to show deep social, ecological and economic imbalances. In countries with special needs, in particular LDCs, progress towards reducing poverty and hunger and achieving other MDGs has slowed down significantly, due to inadequate human and financial capacity, furthered by the turmoil in the global economy since 2008.

The purpose of the project is to increase understanding and awareness of policymakers and other stakeholders of the benefits of cross-sectoral policies to accelerate progress towards achieving the MDGs. It aims to do this by preparing and disseminating knowledge products. These include (i) assessment/analysis of cross-sectoral strategies and policy options for narrowing development gaps and poverty reduction, distilled from analysis of bottlenecks in selected sectoral policies; and (ii) supportive national development strategies to facilitate cross-sectoral approach.

The key objectives of the workshop are to:
1) Disseminate the key findings from ESCAP’s assessment and analysis of cross-sectoral strategies and policy options for narrowing development gaps and poverty reduction, which were are based on country-level case studies of bottlenecks in selected sectoral policies and national development strategies to facilitate cross-sectoral approach, and
2) Contribute to increasing awareness and improved implementation capacity of senior policy makers from the LDCs to achieve better inter-ministerial and inter-departmental cooperation and coordination in developing policies and strategies for improved service delivery in achieving the MDGs.