The High Level Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor which includes Sri Lanka`s Tourism Minister Milinda Moragoda will hold its fourth full meeting in New York from July 11 to 14.
Minister Milinda Moragoda left Saturday July 2 for the United States to participate in the committee meeting and while in New York he will make attempts to meet new World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick and USAID acting head Henrietta H. Fore to See how he could present Sri Lanka`s update to them.
Its members include Goldon Brown British Prime Minister Ferando Cardoso, former president of Brazil Benjamin Mkapa president of Tanzania, Ernesto Zedillo: former president of Mexico , Lawrence Summers, and President of Harvard University.
The High Level Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor is a new, independent, global initiative sets out to explore how nations can reduce poverty through reforms that expand access to legal protection and opportunities for all. The Commission`s unique mission is built on the conviction that poverty can only be eradicated if governments give all citizens, especially the poor, a legitimate stake in the economy by extending the rule of law, making access to users` and property rights and other legal protections not the privilege of the few but the right of all citizens.
The Commission, which will complete its work by end of this year, is co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Peruvian economist Hernando De Soto. Membership is comprised of eminent policymakers and parishioners from throughout the world, who reflect a broad diversity of perspectives and experiences. Among the Commission`s members are former heads of state and senior policy makers with proven track records in executing challenging policy initiatives and reform programs in their countries. The group is expected to meet four times during its two and a half year work schedule.
The work of the Commission will contribute significantly to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) both at the global and country levels, including the pledge by all UN members to cut extreme poverty worldwide by half by the year 2015.
The Commission was launched in September 2005 by a group of developing and industrialized countries. These include Canada , Denmark , Egypt , Finland , Guatemala , Iceland , India , Norway , Sweden , South Africa , Tanzania and the United Kingdom.