Dr Kharas will addresss the major trends and forces in development and will argue that aid agencies need to adapt to the changing world and that the old narrative of celebrating the huge gains in poverty reduction will not long hold up to the scrutiny of publics asking what good their tax dollars are doing today.
Commissioner Krähenbühl discussed the situation of Palestinian refugees and the contribution UNWRA has made to promoting stability in the region. The Commissioner stressed that in a world affected by many other armed conflict and crises, it is vital that the international community not forget the situation of Palestine refugees.
We have witnessed remarkable improvements regarding extreme poverty around the world over the last number of decades. The global extreme poverty rate is down to around ten percent, 9 out of 10 children worldwide get primary education and World Bank data show that around 45 countries have left the Low Income Country category during the last 30 years.