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Focus on growing inequality at opening of UN Commission for Social Development

Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Focus on growing inequality at opening of UN Commission for Social Development

Against the backdrop of a weak global economic recovery and harsh fiscal austerity measures, continued unemployment and an aging world population, the United Nations and its partners must lead efforts to put people’s needs at the forefront of development.

“Our attention should be given first and foremost to the issue of inequality, which in many case, is a major cause for social turbulence worldwide,” the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, said, opening the 2014 session of the Commission for Social Development, which will run at Headquarters in New York through 21 February.

Kicking off the meeting, Mr. Wu, who is also the Secretary-General for the upcoming International Conference on Small Island Developing States, noted that inequalities undermine poverty reduction, economic growth and social mobility.

Noting that too often, prosperity within countries is limited to the privileged few, he said that seven out of 10 people live in countries where income inequality has increased, citing the2013 Report on the World Social Situation. “With high and growing inequalities, development cannot be sustained. But the right mix of social policies can curb inequality. Efforts to equalize opportunities and foster participation do make a difference.”

“Empowering people is at the core of the work of this Commission,” he continued, adding that: “Empowered individuals and social groups will achieve development that is “sustainable, inclusive and equitable.”

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Source: UN News

Posted in : Poverty
 

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