In Asia and the Pacific, 330 million people still live on less than $1.90 a day, and 1.2 billion still live on less than $3.10 a day. What can we do to eradicate poverty? The 12th ASEAN-China Forum on Social Development and Poverty Reduction was held in Manila, Philippines from 27-29 June 2018. It was jointly hosted by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) of the Philippines and the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development of China; co-organized by the International Poverty Reduction Center in China, the Secretariat of the NAPC of the Philippines, supported by ASEAN Secretariat, the ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative, and UNDP. Under the theme of “Enhancing Poverty Reduction Partnerships for an ASEAN-China Community with a Shared Future”, the forum invited representatives from ASEAN member states and the PRC to share their successful experiences, discuss the challenges they face in poverty reduction at grass-root, national, and regional levels, and further explore how to push forward the partnership in poverty reduction.
The ASEAN-China Forum on Social Development and Poverty Reduction has been successfully held for 11 sessions since 2007. With focus on poverty alleviation and development, the forum is designed to provide a sound platform for the PRC and ASEAN members to exchange views on common concerns, explore ways to narrow development gaps and share the best practices with the aim to achieve harmonious development based on mutual benefit and win-win spirit.