Addressing Inequalities and Challenges to Social Inclusion 

EGM on Inequalities 2018

The Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), organized an expert group meeting on “Addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies” at UN Headquarters in New York from 25 to 27 June 2018. The meeting was convened in preparation for the fifty-seventh session of the Commission (CSocD57) to be held in February 2019, which will produce a negotiated policy outcome (a resolution) on the priority theme.

The Commission for Social Development continues to prioritize and give prominence to the follow-up to and review of the World Summit for Social Development. Furthermore, the Commission will make a vital contribution to the follow-up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by supporting the thematic reviews of the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) on progress on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, including cross-cutting issues.

The expert group meeting made specific policy recommendations on effective fiscal, wage and social protection policies to address inequalities and challenges to social inclusion in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting was built on the outcomes of the 72nd session of the General Assembly as well as the 55th and 56th sessions of the Commission for Social Development that have discussed strategies to reduce inequalities as a means to eradicate poverty. The meeting focused on policies and strategies that have proven to be successful in reducing inequality, both income and non-income, and the barriers to social inclusion, at the global, regional and national levels.

The meeting also explored the inter-linkages among inequalities, poverty, social exclusion, economic growth, fiscal, economic and social policies, to achieve sustainable development for all. The meeting will also review systemic barriers that perpetuate existing inequalities and exclusion, especially for vulnerable groups and individuals, within the context of the 2030 Agenda.


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