Inequality is one of the greatest challenges that the world needs to face. Inequality is intimately linked with poverty. Although there has been progress in reducing poverty, a large part of the global population (overwhelmingly living in developing countries) is still denied access to a dignified life. While no poverty and reduced inequality are two of the outstanding Sustainable Development Goals, these and other goals are unlikely to be achieved by 2030. In fact, inequality is on the rise. Changing this situation will certainly require significant efforts at the national and regional level. But it also requires an international architecture that supports those efforts by respecting the policy space that countries need and coordinating constructive actions within the multilateral system. The current initiatives to ‘reform’ this system will only be legitimate if they recognize the gaps in the levels of development and contribute to effectively address them under a fair, pro-development system of rules. Please see last month’s SouthViews on “Understanding global inequality in the 21st century” by Jayati Ghosh, development economist and Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
This update provides a snapshot of the publications and social media activities of the South Centre during the month of May 2019.
Title: How will the post BAPA+40 era further contribute to the attainment of the 2030 Agenda?
Date: 23 May 2019, 10h00 to 13h00
Venue: Room XIV (Door A-18, first floor), Palais des Nations, Geneva
Organizers: South Centre, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and International Labor Organization (ILO)
Title: Second UN High Level Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40)
Date: Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 18:00 – 20:00
Venue: Auditorium 6-14, Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Organizers: The South Centre, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)