Get involved Vol 21, No. 07 - July 2017

Live Facebook chat on how to combat social exclusion

Humankind has achieved unprecedented social progress over the past several decades. Poverty has declined dramatically around the world, and people are healthier, more educated and better connected than ever before. However, progress has been uneven. Social and economic inequalities persist and, in many cases, have worsened. Virtually everywhere, some individuals and groups confront barriers that prevent them from fully participating in economic, social and political life.

  • What are the different political, economic and cultural aspects of social exclusion?
  • What can we do to combat social exclusion?
  • How can we tackle discrimination?

These are some of the questions that the online community might be interested in asking the team behind the Report on the World Social Situation 2016 (RWSS2016) in UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) on 6 July when they will be hosting a Facebook chat.

The chat will allow for a global discussion on some of the key issues in the RWSS2016, themed: “Leaving no one behind: the imperative of inclusive development”.

“This chat will give people the opportunity to engage and raise awareness about social exclusion and advocate for more socially-inclusive policies and programmes” says Marta Roig, lead author of the report.

Taking place from 11 am to 12 pm EDT, the RWSS2016 team will be ready to discuss key aspects of social exclusion and policy imperatives for social inclusion. It is recognized in the report that promoting inclusion will take time and political determination. Raising awareness about the consequences of leaving some people behind and recommending actions that governments can take to avoid doing so can help generate political will.

“The Report on the World Social Situation 2016 contains an examination of the patterns of social exclusion and consideration of whether development processes have been inclusive, with particular attention paid to the links between exclusion, poverty and employment trends,” says Marta Roig, as she welcomes the online community to join the chat with her team and the authors of the report.

Join the Facebook chat and post your questions at http://bit.ly/EndExclusion or via Twitter using the hashtag #EndExclusion.

For more information and to access the Report on the World Social Situation 2016: http://bit.ly/RWSS2016.

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