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Is the world ready to embrace more powerful international institutions and the values needed to underpin a truly globalist agenda—the rule of law, human rights, and opportunity for all?
Mark Malloch Brown was Minister of State for Africa, Asia, and the United Nations in the British government from 2007-2009. He was also Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations under UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Carnegie Council Podcasts
Producer: Carnegie Council Public Affairs Program
Host: Joanne J. Myers
Guest: Mark Malloch Brown
Date: Release date 23 February, 2011
Length: 59:15 min
Lord Mark Malloch Brown’s concepts to broaden the global conversation are an important key to bring global women into the mix internationally to improve conditions for women on the ground in many regions where women suffer severely from the impacts of extreme poverty.
“Alongside a number of macro, meso and microeconomic policy interventions which aim to increase employment and incomes of the poor, UNDP and UNIFEM have emphasized empowerment of the poor and in particular empowerment and advancement of women as central to poverty reduction. The reason for this emphasis is the recognition that an underlying cause of poverty is the perpetuation of social inequalities such as those based on gender, ethnicity, race or income group. Seldom are these inequalities isolated—instead they are inter-related and overlapping.
In almost all countries, women work longer hours than men when unpaid as well as paid work is taken into account. More boys than girls go to school; and men earn and keep a disproportionate share of household income. And so the sorry tale of gender inequality is carried on across the generations.
“Strategies to reduce poverty cannot rely solely on formal-sector employment-growth. The goal of full employment should be complemented by policies that address social inequalities, particularly of gender inequality by promoting the advancement and empowerment of women in a multidimensional way. The goal of employment creation, which is critical for poverty reduction, should be viewed in the broader context of the overall livelihoods of poor women and men,” said Mark Malloch Brown at the Opening of the World Economic and Social Council in July 1999.
During his tenure at the UNDP, Mr. Malloch Brown oversaw a comprehensive reform effort that was widely recognized as making the UNDP more focused, efficient and effective across the 166 countries where it works and doubled its annual resources to over $4 billion. His efforts included a major push to expand UN support to developing countries in areas such as democratic governance, a new advocacy dimension as reflected in pioneering publications, including the Arab Human Development Reports, and strengthened UNDP operational leadership in natural disasters and post-conflict situations.
At the request of Secretary-General Annan, Mr. Malloch Brown also led the UN system’s efforts to help support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals — eight, time-bound development targets with the overarching goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015 — which were approved by world leaders at the UN Millennium Summit of September 2000.
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