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Inequality

Contents Summary Overview of news and website postings Campaigning and events New website and online communications Plans for future work Summary As public awareness grows of a multifaceted global emergency, STWR has persisted throughout 2018 in its efforts to promote international economic sharing as the only...
The UK is an outlier for subscribing to international treaties that enshrine socioeconomic rights, but without incorporating them in domestic law, writes Koldo Casla and Peter Roderick.  Like many other countries, the UK has voluntarily subscribed to a number of international treaties which say that everyone living...
Serious flaws in the system for tracking progress on the Sustainable Development Goals have been uncovered in a newly published collection of stunning, provocative research by eminent policy specialists. They are finding that the lofty visions that produced the SDGs, now in their fourth year of implementation, have...
A major new UN-led report, involving more than 60 international organizations, warns that a comprehensive overhaul of the world’s financial system is necessary, if governments are to honour commitments to tackle critical issues, such as combatting climate change and eradicating poverty by 2030. The 2019 Financing for...
The amount of aid matters, but so does how and where it is spent. Development aid must  be focused on reducing the inequality that drives poverty, writes Julie Seghers for Euractive. Billionaire fortunes increased by $2.5 billion a day in 2017/18, yet the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity...
In the face of evidence of how austerity is contributing to rising income inequality and political instability, we must persuade governments to support the UN's new Guiding Principles on human rights impact assessments of economic reforms, writes Mark Perera for Eurodad. A decade of austerity…  A decade on from the...
Ultimately, the solutions to inequality will come from those who are at the frontlines of it, not the 1% that caused it and continues to benefit from it. And as anger about shocking levels of inequality continues to grow, so will the movement to fight inequality, writes Jenny Ricks for Inter Press Service. They said...
Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require major disruptive shifts, which people will tolerate only if they believe that everyone is sharing in the sacrifice, the wealthy and powerful included. A review of recent climate change reports, by Sam Pizzigati at Inequality.org. We either keep fossil fuels in the ground...
Social protection has been on the UN agenda since its inception - and numerous reports from human rights experts spell out that governments and the international community must tackle tax avoidance and adequately fund the public sector, if they are to live up to their human rights and development. By Barbara Adams and...
The Green New Deal strongly affirms the need for more equity and social justice, while calling for universal social programs and money transfers to the poorest segments of the population. The fact that these principles are being presented and endorsed by leading politicians suggests a realignment of political forces...
Share The World’s Resources (STWR) teamed up with Cambridge University Amnesty International and the Cambridge Homeless Outreach Programme to outline the case for achieving the United Nation's longstanding vision of "better standards of life in larger freedom".  The presentation focuses on the reality of extreme...
We need a politics of finance for the 99 percent in which public and democratically accountable finance is used to invest in water, health care and education as well as ecologically sound industries, writes Lavinia Steinfort for the Transnational Institute. It may not be a new idea, but the speed with which the Green...
World leaders have committed to ending poverty everywhere for all people by 2030. Achieving this aim means facing up to the need for dramatic declines in inequalities – in income, in opportunity, in exposure to risk, across gender, between countries and within countries – over the next decade. Inequality is a well-...
A global gathering of world elites is taking place in Davos, Switzerland, this week, claiming—as it does every year—to “define priorities and shape global, industry and regional agendas.” The World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting, held in the rarified elite space of the snow-capped Swiss Alps, consists, in its own words...
The growing concentration of the world’s wealth has been highlighted by a report showing that the 26 richest billionaires own as many assets as the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the planet’s population. In an annual wealth check released to mark the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the...