SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities


Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries


Maria Alexandrova became Bulgaria's first adolescent living with cerebral palsy to take the prestigious Cambridge Assessment in English. Her advocacy led to the local exam centre agreeing to change the timing of the test and let her use a computer.

A disabled man poses for a photo in the middle of a neighborhood street.

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action aim to assist humanitarian actors, governments and affected communities to coordinate, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate essential actions for the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in all sectors and phases of humanitarian action. The Guidelines are a key contribution to the Disability Inclusion Strategy launched by the Secretary-General last June.

UN Secretary-General stands between two UN flags and shakes hands with Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, who is sitting in a wheelchair.

Because impairment is widely seen as a natural part of the ageing process, many older people with disabilities are shut out from receiving the support they need.

An older woman stands up with her hands clenched together held high in victory while other participants cheer.

Between 2017 and 2030, the number of persons aged 60 years or over is projected to grow by 46% (from 962 million to 1.4 billion) globally outnumbering youth, as well as children under the age of 10. Population ageing is poised to become one of the most significant social transformations of the 21st century. Aiming to enshrine the rights of older persons and to mobilize advocates to protect those rights, the UN designated 1 October as "International Day of Older Persons." Aligned with SDG 10, this year's theme: "The Journey to Age Equality," focuses on pathways of coping with existing (and preventing future) old age inequalities.

Close up photo of the hands of a person using a braille laptop.

Since 2016, UNESCO marks 28 September as the “International Day for Universal Access to Information." This year, UNESCO commemorates the day with "Open Talks." #AccessToInfoDay #RightToKnow