56th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the Special Representative on extreme poverty. Statement delivered by H.E. Ambassador Riia Salsa-Audiffren on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic States: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. 2 July 2024


I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic States.

We thank the Special Rapporteur for his latest report and continued work on this important issue.

As the Special Rapporteur highlights, putting the focus on well-targeted social inequality-reducing policies, such as investing in public goods, transport, health and education, and boosting overall wellbeing, is crucial for eradicating poverty. A human rights based approach is key. There is a need to expand our toolbox in the fight against poverty in order to reduce inequality and ensure social inclusion.

We strongly believe that investments in quality education are crucial to reduce poverty and inequalities and to counteract child labour or early child marriage.

We firmly believe that gender inequality hinders poverty eradication. Empowering women in all their diversity to enjoy their right to participate in economic life, without discrimination, is vital to the eradication of multidimensional poverty in our societies.

Special Rapporteur, how do you intend to conduct the consultations for the proposed road-map for the transformation to post-growth approach to poverty?

I thank you!