Is it possible to eliminate inequality?
“Leave No One Behind and ending poverty in our generation”
What would it mean if we worked to “Make Inequality History” instead of poverty? And is it even possible to eradicate poverty without addressing inequality?
Over the past decades, inequality has increased markedly across the globe, including here in Southeast Asia. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told the UN General Assembly that it’s imperative for the world to address inequality and exclusion if we are to eradicate poverty and promote sustainable development. But what does this mean? What are the implications of focusing on inequality? How can we reconcile economic growth, social justice and environment sustainability?
With the Millennium Development Goals set to expire in two years and the United Nations’ member states discussing ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ and a ‘Post 2015′ development agenda, Singapore is a member of a key working group that will shape this agenda.
ONE (SINGAPORE), along with Save the Children and SMU’s Wee Kim Wee Centre, organized a discussion on 24 September 2013 where a panel of development practitioners and anti-poverty campaigners debated whether it’s possible to make both poverty and inequality history and their recommendations for the next development agenda “Post 2015”.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vanessa sets out the parameters within which Singapore delegations participate in Post 2015 discussions. She also explains why Singapore places an emphasis on water and sanitation and how Singapore’s experiences with urban development – both good and bad – can assist other growing cities.
Campaigns and Advocacy
Save the Children
Michel shares a series of recommendations on “How we can be the generation that ends poverty” and the idea of “Getting to ZERO”.
Senior Manager, Lien Centre for Social Innovation
Board Member, Human Rights Council
At the Lien Centre, Sanushka and her team studies the nature and extent of poverty in Singapore. She looks at Post 2015 from a local perspective and also poses key questions about gender, a poverty line, relative poverty, trade rules and human rights.
- “Make Inequality History: What would change if we focused on inequality rather than poverty?”by Duncan Green, Oxfam GB
- UN High Level Panel Report:“A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development”.
- “A Life of Dignity for All”: Report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on the Millennium Development Goals and Post 2015.
- “Mind the gap: 11 ways to tackle inequality in middle income countries”(Holly Young, The Guardian, 4 Dec 2013)