'ESCAP continues to undertake research and facilitate exchange of policy ideas among Asia-Pacific policymakers and researchers through its various publications, policy dialogues and dedicated events on poverty reduction strategies. ESCAP developed a methodology and provided estimates of increases in poverty levels across Asia and the Pacific in its flagship publication, the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2021. The issue was further discussed during numerous policy dialogues organized in collaboration with regional think tanks. Similarly, during the second session of the Committee on Macroeconomic Policy, Poverty Reduction and Financing for Development, held in November 2019, ESCAP and the Government of China jointly organized a special side event on Closing the last mile: Precise and Targeted Poverty Reduction in China.
Continuing with such efforts, ESCAP, the Government of China and the Government of Uzbekistan will co-host this side event with the objective to discuss the latest policy experiences from the Asia-Pacific region and shed light on forward-looking and targeted poverty reduction strategies keeping in view the latest challenges. The discussion will be informed by ESCAP’s latest work, supported by the Government of China, that takes stock of policies being pursued by different countries with regards to reducing poverty. Uzbekistan has also reached out to ESCAP with a proposal to develop a joint strategy for poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific.'