Since 1952, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has prepared the Report on the World Social Situation—with varying periodicity—as the United Nations flagship publication on social development issues. In 2017, the General Assembly encouraged the Secretary-General to “include best practices in the reduction of inequalities within and among countries in the Report on the World Social Situation 2019.” With this in mind, Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General of DESA, has determined that the Report on the World Social Situation 2019 will focus on the links between inequality and other major global trends, including technological innovation, climate change, urbanization and international migration.
The Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) of UN DESA will organize an expert group meeting on “New research on inequality and its impacts” at UN Headquarters in New York from 12 to 13 September 2018. The outcomes of the meeting will feed directly into the Report on the World Social Situation 2019.Experts will present recent research on economic and other types of inequality as well as on their social and political costs. They will also make policy recommendations. The last session of the meeting will be devoted to discussing the outline of the Report on the World Social Situation 2019.
Session I: Income inequality trends and their measurement
Inequality increasing everywhere? Evidence from a global database of household surveys by Francisco Ferreira
Session II: Income mobility over the life course, poverty dynamics and inequality
Measuring Welfare Dynamics in Africa and Middle East Regions by Hai-Anh Dang
Poverty Dynamics and Opportunity by Anirudh Krishna
Session III: Social impacts of inequality
How are Inequality and Poverty Linked? by Abigail McKnight
A Broken Social Elevator? How to Promote Social Mobility by Céline Thévenot
Session IV: Political impacts of rising inequality
Cultural Backlash by Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart
Inequality, Democracy and Redistribution by Robert Andersen
Session V: What can be done to tackle inequality?
Fiscal Policy and Inequality in Low and Middle Income Countries by Stephen D. Younger
Poverty Reduction and Social Security Cracks in a Policy Paradigm by Bea Cantillon
International Inequality Dynamics: Issues and Evidence of a Redistribution Kuznets Curve by Paul J.J. Welfens/Vladimir Udalov
Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit, and the Rise of Authoritarian Populism by Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart
A Broken Social Elevator? How to Promote Social Mobility by Céline Thévenot, OECD Jobs and Incomes Division
Multidimensional Inequality Framework by Abigail McKnight