inequality

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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New global agenda promises sustainable future for all

A new global development agenda that promises a sustainable future for all people and the planet has been adopted by the 193 countries that make up the United Nations.

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Charity is not only about the rich giving to the poor

Charity is not only about the rich giving to the poor, but also about “everyday” people helping each other out.

That’s according to Eva Schafer, a human rights and social development officer at the Hungarian Mission to the UN.

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“Social contract” critical to implement post-2015 agenda

A new social contract between governments and their people is critical if the UN’s global development agenda is to deliver on its promise to end extreme poverty and inequality by 2030.

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World Day for Social Justice: UN urges action to end poverty, overcome inequality

United Nations officials are marking the World Day of Social Justice with strong calls on the international community to take practical steps to break down the barriers of inequality by doing more to empower individuals through decent work, provide adequate social protection, and ensure the voices of the poor are heard.