As one of the remarkable associations of the Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO), the Alliance of Poverty Reduction and Development (APRD) held its Inaugural Ceremony and the International Conference of Global Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development in Lincang, China on November 16-18. More than 200 representatives from over 20 countries and regions in Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, South America and Oceania participated in the conference online and on site.
Prof. Chunli Bai, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and ANSO, encouraged APRD to focus on the common challenges and major demands in the Belt and Road (B&R) Region. APRD is going to establish an international platform promoting the extensive sharing of experience and typical modes, creating new paths of poverty reduction in various countries and thus contributing to the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mr. Bo Hai, Inspector-General of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, congratulated the inauguration of the APRD and introduced the main achievements of National Targeted Poverty Alleviation Program. He acknowledged the contribution and efforts from CAS and the Third-party Assessment Team. Mr. Yubo Wang, the Deputy Secretary of Party Committee in Yunnan Province said Yunnan Government would fully support the cooperation with countries along the B&R Region on poverty reduction. Mr. Haodong Yang, the Secretary of Lincang Municipal Party Committee, emphasized that Lincang city would like to exchange their best practices with other developing countries to promote poverty alleviation.
Dr. Shamika Sirimanne, the Director of the Division on Technology and Logistics of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), said that food and nutrition insecurity are both major drivers and consequences of poverty. The establishment of APRD will help achieve the UN SDGs of No poverty and Zero Hunger. She looks forward to greater contribution of APRD on cross-boundary poverty reduction. Mr. Romain Murenzi, the Executive Director of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), indicated that the establishment of APRD will provide a good opportunity for developing countries to help each other and laid solid foundation for long-term cooperation in poverty reduction efforts. Prof. Michael Meadows, President of the International Geographical Union (IGU), believed that APRD will help to achieve the UN SDGs of No poverty by 2030. Dr. Yansui Liu, Chairman of the APRD, introduced the background, vision, structure and workplan of APRD in detail, he hopes the APRD colleagues join hands in global poverty reduction to promote the common development of the world.
ANSO is a non-profit, non-governmental international scientific organization founded in 2018 by 37 international science and education institutions from around the world. A range of scientific associations are established as the operating arms of ANSO to help achieve the strategic objectives and incubate cross-boundary and regional collaborations in different scientific areas. On June 22, 2020, the APRD was officially approved by the ANSO. APRD currently consists of 14 founding members from 10 countries and regions. The objectives of the APRD are to carry out international cooperation on research and technology development by sharing the experience and models, conducting the scientific and technological exchanges and trainings for poverty alleviation in developing countries.