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World Economic and Social Survey

The World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) provides objective analysis of pressing long-term social and economic development issues, and discusses the positive and negative impact of corresponding policies.

World Economic and Social Survey 2016:
Climate Change Resilience:
an opportunity for reducing inequalities

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The World Economic and Social Survey 2016 contributes to the debate on the implementation challenges of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In addressing the specific challenge of building resilience to climate change, the Survey focuses attention on the population groups and communities that are disproportionately affected by climate hazards. It argues that, in the absence of transformative policies which coherently address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development, building climate resilience will remain elusive and poverty and inequalities will worsen.

To the extent that the differential impact of climate hazards on people and communities is determined largely by the prevalence of multiple inequalities in respect of the access to resources and opportunities, policies aimed at building climate resilience provide an opportunity to address the structural determinants of poverty and inequality in their multiple dimensions.

Development Issues No. 5: Income convergence or persistent inequalities among countries?

Development Issues Series

The Development Strategy and Policy Analysis Unit in the Development Policy and Analysis Division has launched a new briefing note series called Development Issues. The notes are intended to clarify concepts used in the analytical work of the Division, provide references to current development issues and offer a common background for development policy discussions. The first five tackle inequality, multidimensional poverty and income convergence.