According to the Fiji Bureau of Statistics Household Income and Expenditure Survey report for 2013-2014, Poverty rate in Fiji is at 28.1%.

This stand at the category of relative poverty as we have adequate access to our basic needs which are food, water and shelter says Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa while officiating at the opening at Novotel Hotel in Lami today.

Vuniwaqa says the reality is that Poverty impacts us all in one way or another, poverty is a cross cutting issue that affects individuals, families, communities and the nation as a whole.

Poverty is a multi- dimensional issue that affects the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Fijians and can be addressed through collaboration with stakeholders.

The United Nations Development Programme  Resident Representative  Vineet Bhatia while delivering his opening remarks, highlighted the importance of working together to leave no one behind.

Bhatia says leaders in all walks of life will need to become agents of change, being willing to challenge and disrupt business as usual, building national consensus on the policies the pledge requires, and finding ways forward.

The two day forum will provide participants a platform to share ideas and discuss policies that will contribute in the fight against poverty.

The forum focused on the theme of “Leaving No One Behind” has brought together Government Agencies, Development Partners, Private Sector, Civil Society and Faith-Based Organizations to strengthen the collaboration.

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