7-8 JUNE 2017 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

Inequalities

Inequality is a pressing global challenge, which is fully reflected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Inequalities cut across all dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. Inequalities among countries and regions continue to be high and, more importantly, those within countries have risen since the late 1980s, despite high rates of economic growth. Evidence shows that there is a negative relationship between income inequality and human development. High levels of income inequality can hamper growth, macroeconomic stability and poverty reduction. Moreover, inequality can cause political and economic instability, undermine resilience and weaken the social consensus required to allow countries to adjust in the face of shocks. Addressing inequality requires a comprehensive and partnered approach. Action is needed to assist the poorest sections of our society directly and also to help to promote more inclusive and sustainable growth that does not compromise future generations. To address economic and social inequalities, national development paths need to maximise positive social outcomes and impacts; promote better sharing of the benefits of growth, particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable, through the creation of wealth and decent jobs and by improving their access to factors of production. This requires effective tax collection systems, in addition to policies for progressive taxation and redistributive public expenditure to increase access for all to employment opportunities and quality basic services. Sustainable and equitable social protection systems are essential to guarantee basic income, underpin the rights of all citizens, in particular persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, prevent relapses into extreme poverty, and build resilience.

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auditorium A1
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16:00 to 17:30
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special event A3
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18:00 to 19:30
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special event A2
7 June
18:00 to 19:30
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debate D4
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18:00 to 19:15
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debate D5
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09:00 to 10:15
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debate D2
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13:30 to 14:45
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project S4
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15:15 to 16:30
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web seminar S4
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09:30 to 10:45
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brainstorming B1
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09:30 to 10:45