July 20, 2017
An important step towards meeting the 2030 Agenda’s aspiration of leaving no one behind is to identify who is being left behind and from what. Hoping to contribute to this discussion, the recently released Report on the World Social Situation 2016 (United Nations, 2016) examines group-based inequalities, with the focus being mainly on the disadvantages faced by youth, older persons, persons with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities and migrants. The report’s analysis shows that disparities in access to education, health care, infrastructure and employment as well as inequalities in political participation are pervasive and symptomatic of the exclusion of members of these groups.
Regarding employment opportunities, the report shows that the share of ethnic and racial minority workers in skilled -managerial, professional and technical- occupations is lower than that of workers in the majority or dominant ethnic group in a majority of countries with data. Read more
July 10, 2017
Participation of people living in poverty is a key concept of Agenda 2030, at the crossroads of Goal 1 on poverty eradication, and Goal 16 on peaceful and inclusive societies.
For 30 years, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, recognizing that extreme poverty is a violation of human rights, has created a unique space for people living in poverty to share their first-hand experience and indispensable knowledge to end poverty. From different perspectives, this side event will explore the impact of these contributions in the UN system and beyond.
May 31, 2017
UNDESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) organized an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on the priority theme of the 56th session of the Commission for Social Development: “Strategies for Eradicating Poverty to Achieve Sustainable Development for All”. The EGM was held from 8 to 11 May 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York.
The objective of the EGM was to make specific policy recommendations on effective strategies for eradicating poverty in all its forms, including extreme poverty in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to evaluate the implementation of the Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017). Experts from government, academia, think tanks, civil society, and the UN system participated in the meeting. Read more
May 15, 2017
With its central pledge to leave no one behind, the historic and ambitious 2030 Agenda recognizes that development will only be sustainable if it is inclusive. Promoting inclusion is fundamental to achieving a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future.
No single set of policies or strategies is applicable across all countries and in all contexts to tackle exclusion and promote inclusion. Instead, Governments should bring a stronger equity lens to policy-making. Successful examples point to several imperatives to address the structural causes of exclusion and social injustice.
A universal approach to social policy, complemented by special or targeted measures The first imperative is to establish a universal approach to social policy, complemented by special or targeted measures to address the distinct obstacles faced by disadvantaged, marginalized or otherwise excluded social groups. Read more
May 15, 2017
The Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on “Strategies for Eradicating Poverty to achieve Sustainable Development for All“, aims to make specific policy recommendations on effective strategies for eradicating poverty in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to evaluate the implementation of the Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017). Given this is the policy year for the two-year cycle of the Commission for Social Development, the meeting will build on the outcomes of the 55th session of the Commission that reviewed strategies that countries have implemented to eradicate poverty.
The meeting will seek to highlight innovative approaches and strategies that have proven to be successful in reducing poverty at the global, regional and national levels. The meeting also aims to deepen the understanding of myriad challenges that impede progress in reducing poverty, and address their linkages with poverty eradication strategies. Read more