Tuesday, 17 October 2006

World Poverty Day – roundtable held at Assembly House

To mark World Poverty Day, the National Assembly’s Poverty Reduction Committee organised a roundtable devoted to ‘Fighting poverty – a step towards prosperity’ at Assembly House on 17 October 2006.On behalf of the organisers, the attendees were welcomed by the chairperson of the Poverty Reduction Committee, Snezana Stojanovic-Plavsic, who underlined that another four Assembly committees were involved in the roundtable – the Committee on Labour, Ex-Servicemen’s and Social Issues, the Education Committee, the Agriculture Committee, and the Local Self-Government Committee – and that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Serbia Office was supporting the event.



To mark World Poverty Day, the National Assembly’s Poverty Reduction Committee organised a roundtable devoted to ‘Fighting poverty – a step towards prosperity’ at Assembly House on 17 October 2006.

On behalf of the organisers, the attendees were welcomed by the chairperson of the Poverty Reduction Committee, Snezana Stojanovic-Plavsic, who underlined that another four Assembly committees were involved in the roundtable – the Committee on Labour, Ex-Servicemen’s and Social Issues, the Education Committee, the Agriculture Committee, and the Local Self-Government Committee – and that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Serbia Office was supporting the event.

In his welcoming address, the Chairman of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, Predrag Markovic, emphasised that World Poverty Day was a global event, and that the issue of fighting poverty was not just one of money, but also one of action, which was, he said, why it was necessary for both government bodies and NGOs to join forces with trade unions, employers, and local authorities, as well as with donors such as the World Bank and UNDP.

‘Poverty is not just a problem for poor countries – it also affects rich nations. Poverty is a form of humiliation, as it blocks human existence and people’s ability to help themselves and others. It is also a challenge; the key weapon against it is solidarity’, Markovic said, adding that the first step in eliminating poverty would be to stop poor countries from getting any poorer.

Markovic reiterated that Serbia’s proposed new constitution, adopted by the National Assembly, contain two provisions dealing with poverty – the obligation to hold social dialogue and the state’s commitment to balanced regional development.

The roundtable was also addressed by David Lance Clark, UNDP Representative to Serbia, who said that one in every fourteen Serbians was below the poverty line, as well as that those most at risk were rural and Roma populations, followed by refugees and displaced persons and the disabled.

Ana Draskovic addressed the roundtable on behalf of the World Bank’s Serbia Office. Ms Draskovic presented World Bank activities and projects, with a special emphasis on those involving poverty reduction in Serbia.

State Secretary for Social Policy, Vesna Piperski-Tucakov, said that this year’s World Poverty Day was being marked under the slogan ‘From poverty to prosperity’, and underlined that disabled persons were not fully integrated into political and social life.

Gordana Rajkov, of the Centre for Independent Living Serbia, spoke of poverty-related problems faced by disabled persons; the roundtable was also addressed by Damjan Tatic, who presented the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Finally, the roundtable was addressed by the Committee’s chairperson, Snezana Stojanovic-Plavsic. Speaking of activities undertaken by the Committee and the National Assembly in this field so far, she specially underlined the fact that, out of a total of 108 adopted laws directly relating to poverty reduction, 63 had been foreseen by the Poverty Reduction Strategy.

According to Ms Stojanovic-Plavsic, the degree of poverty in Serbia had shrunk, to, according to the latest statistics, 9.8%. The most important aspect is that ‘transition poverty’ had not increased. ‘Macroeconomic stability had been achieved, GDP growth exceeds 5% - all this makes Serbia less poor’, Ms Stojanovic-Plavsic said.

She concluded by saying that ‘the greatest contribution to peace today is the struggle to reduce poverty; Serbia’s stability and prosperity depend on how strongly we fight poverty’.




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