ECOSOC Special Meeting on Inequality


Inequality is a social, economic and political challenge and has profound impact on sustainable development. It features prominently in the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, resulting in the creation of a stand-alone goal (SDG-10: Reduce Inequality within and among Countries) and a commitment to leave no one behind by sustainable development progress. The ECOSOC Special Meeting on Inequality analysed key drivers of inequality and put forward policy solutions to tackle it.


The ECOSOC Special Meeting on Inequality brought together leading experts on inequality from academia, government, the private sector, the UN system and other stakeholders to conceptualize, analysed and recommended solutions for inequalities in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


The President of ECOSOC convened this one-day meeting on Wednesday, 30 March 2016, in the ECOSOC Chamber at UN Headquarters. It featured interactive panels with high-level representatives from Member States, the UN system, academia and civil society and provided a forum for discussions on the global challenge of rising inequalities.