2016 Report on the World Social Situation

Launch of the 2016 Report on the World Social Situation, 30 November 2016

2016 Report on the World Social Situation

Despite unprecedented global social progress in recent years, social and economic inequalities persist.  As much as 40 per cent of the world’s population do not have access to education in a language they speak or understand. Children belonging to ethnic minorities and those with disabilities are much less likely to complete primary and secondary education. In the labour market, youth, migrants and workers belonging to an indigenous group are often under-paid, or even unpaid, and over-educated for the work they do. With its pledge to leave no one behind, the Sustainable Development Goals recognize that development cannot be sustainable if it is not inclusive.

“The Sustainable Development Goals recognize that development will only be sustainable if it is inclusive,” said Wu Hongbo, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Development. “Pursuing development grounded in social justice will be fundamental to achieving a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future for everyone.”

The 2016 Report on the World Social Situation (RWSS), with the theme “Leaving No One Behind – The Imperative of Inclusive Development”, discusses key aspects of social exclusion and examines the social, economic and political disadvantages that some groups of the population face.  The Report also makes policy recommendations to address the barriers that limit participation and access to opportunities.

A press briefing to launch the Report on 30 November 2016 at United Nations Headquarters in New York (Press Briefing Room S-0237), will be held by Daniela Bas, Director of DSPD/DESA and Marta Roig, lead author of the RWSS, DSPD/DESA. The main findings of the report and policy measures to leave no one behind, within the context of the 2030 Agenda, will be presented.

Learn more about the RWSS: http://bit.ly/RWSS2016

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