Mr. Guterres began by noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has played an important role in highlighting growing inequalities, and exposing the myth that everyone is in the same boat, because “while we are all floating on the same sea, it’s clear that some are in super yachts, while others are clinging to the drifting debris.”
While we are all floating on the same sea, it’s clear that some are in super yachts while others are clinging to the drifting debris -António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations
Global risks ignored for decades – notably inadequate health systems, gaps in social protection, structural inequalities, environmental degradation, and the climate crisis – have been laid bare, he said. The vulnerable are suffering the most: those living in poverty, older people, and people with disabilities and pre-existing conditions. More
With concern growing that the divide between rich and poor is continuing to widen – especially in the Asia-Pacific region – top United Nations officials are calling for greater emphasis on growth that leads to fairer societies and a healthier planet. More.
At the opening of the 105th session of the International Labour Conference, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder called on delegates to take responsibility for the rapid changes facing the world of work. In his opening remarks, Ryder told the delegates to the ILC that growing inequality, marginalisation and division are not phenomena of the world of work, but “the consequences of what we do, how we behave and what we decide.”
This report revisits the theoretical concepts of inequalities including their measurements, analyzes their global trends, presents the policy makers’ perception of inequalities in 15 countries and identifies various policy options in combating this major development challenge of our time. Continue reading →