The IV Meeting of Ministers and High Level Authorities on Social Development of the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) yesterday approved the Plan of Action for the period 2019-2021, with the objective is the construction of an Inter-American Agenda for Social Development (REMDES).

The approval of the Plan of Action is the main result of the Meeting of High Level Authorities on Social Development (REMDES) of two-day that ended today in Guatemala City.
The Plan of Action proposes, among other objectives:

· The establishment of measurements of multidimensional poverty
· The design of public policies intended to guarantee well-being and the enjoyment of a good quality of life
· To promote of social protection systems for the reduction of poverty and inequality
· The expansion of social protection with a comprehensive approach through partnerships funding, and strengthening hemispheric cooperation and technical assistance through the Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN).

Also, the authorities committed – through the signing of a joint declaration – to continue promoting the multidimensional measurement of poverty and to use the information resulting from the application of these measurements for the review and design of public policies and more effective programs for the eradication of poverty in all dimensions, among other commitments.

The Minister of Social Development of Guatemala Carlos Velásquez, called the adoption of the Plan of Action of Guatemala “historic”, and said it would help “measure the progress of the work carried out by the Ministry of Social Development, in terms of social protection, of which we are extremely pleased to have carried out.” The Minister also thanked the OAS for its commitment “to the fight against poverty and inequality that still exists in the peoples of the America.”



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