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Press Release Poverty Reduction in Fragile States in the Spotlight-1


The g7+ Secretariat, with the Government of Timor-Leste, are co-hosting a conference to tackle the added challenges faced by fragile and conflict-affected countries in reducing poverty.

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, will deliver the keynote speech at the high level conference attended by finance ministers from Afghanistan, Chad, CAR, Somalia and South Sudan.

The President-elect of Timor-Leste, H.E. Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, will open the event by sharing Timor-Leste’s experiences of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the United Nations’ new set of goals to end poverty.

At the conference, the Government of Timor-Leste will also launch a SDGs implementation plan, to ensure Timor-Leste is not left behind in the global fight against poverty.

The g7+ will present a draft SDGs monitoring report from member countries, with attendees invited to share challenges they face in reducing poverty, informing global policies to reflect their needs.

Such as, many g7+ countries experience difficulties in collecting data and measuring progress in conflict-affected locations and require technical and financial support to achieve the SDGs.

A Dili Communiqué will be released at the end of the event, in which participants will commit to promote the sharing of best practices and continuous global engagement.


The Global Conference on the 2030 Agenda: A Roadmap for SDGs in Fragile and Conflict-affected States will take place in Dili, Timor-Leste from 22 to 23 May 2017. Further information at Please join the conversation on twitter @g7plus, via the g7plus facebook page or through the hashtags: #Endpoverty #Leftnoonebehind #Agenda2030 #SDGsinfragilestates.

The final g7+ SDGs monitoring report will be circulated at the United Nations’ High Level Political Forum in New York, in July – an event to track the success of the SDGs. The conference will bring together development partners, CSOs, non – g7+ countries affected by conflict, donor countries and three secretariats (ASEAN and PIF) in the region to discuss SDGs implementation from their perspective.

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Notes to the editor:

The g7+ is a voluntary association of countries affected by conflict and fragility that share lessons on peacebuilding and statebuilding. The g7+ member counties are Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Togo and Yemen. Sierra Leone is the current chair country of the g7+ and the permanent Secretariat is based in Dili, Timor-Leste.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Helche Silvester

Media and Communication Officer

The g7+ Secretariat, Dili, Timor-Leste

+670 78477323