inequality

A taxing problem: how to ensure the poor and vulnerable don’t shoulder the cost of the COVID-19 crisis

In the wake of the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, tax systems should be reformed, and tax avoidance and evasion reduced, to ensure an economic recovery in which everyone pays their share, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Senior UN official calls for universal basic income to tackle growing inequality

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, but it is also proving to be an economic disaster for huge numbers of people worldwide. A senior UN official with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is calling for countries to provide citizens with a universal basic income, to help the millions who have lost their jobs, because of measures to curb the virus, combined with increasing levels of inequality.

State of Our World: Elliott Harris, Marta Roig and Dawn Holland in conversation

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs recently released two major reports on the global economy and inequality.
Hear the UN Chief Economist Elliott Harris and lead authors Marta Roig and Dawn Holland discuss the solutions to get us back on the right track.

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Healthcare’s a human right, not ‘a privilege for the rich’ UNAIDS argues at Davos

The UN agency devoted to ending AIDS as a public health threat is calling on top politicians and governments across the world to ensure the right to quality healthcare is upheld, and not just a privilege to be enjoyed by the wealthy.

News in Brief 04 July 2019

  • Millions risk being cut off from safe water as hostilities escalate in Eastern Ukraine – UNICEF  
  • WFP scales up assistance to an additional 12,000 non-refugees in Gaza
  • Pay packet inequality growing worldwide, says new UN report
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Pay packet inequality growing worldwide, says new UN report

Top earners around the world have seen their share of national income rise in the last decade and a half, while everyone else has seen their pay packets shrink by comparison, UN economists reported on Thursday.

Key UN forum in Asia-Pacific sets its sights on combatting inequality

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.

UN Gender Focus: climate crises, Pacific women and public employment

Resilient health care systems “bread and butter” in helping women cope with climate crises: WHO

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UN Gender Focus: female athletes, economic inequality and sexual violence

Female Olympic athletes show “we are all created equal, we can all achieve”

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“High correlation” between inequality and unrest

When people are less equal, there’s more likelihood of social and political unrest; that’s the view of Harvard University Professor and Nobel Laureate, Eric Maskin.

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