From Disparity to Dignity: Tackling Economic Inequality through The Sustainable Development Goals

by Kate Donald; Nicholas Lusiani

Nov 1, 2016

Extreme economic inequality is one of the most urgent issues of our time, exacerbating poverty, hindering development, and undermining the full spectrum of human rights. The inclusion of a standalone goal on inequality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – Goal 10, which promises to reduce inequalities both within and between countries – has the potential to catalyze much-needed action to narrow the vast divide between the haves and the have-nots.  However, SDG10 is also uniquely vulnerable to strategic neglect and political backlash or inertia.CESR is proud to present a new briefing examining the human rights issues at stake in SDG10 and offering a set of human rights-based policy proposals to ensure the promise of this goal is fulfilled. Building on CESR's extensive experience in bringing human rights to bear in development debates, From Disparity to Dignity: Tackling economic inequality through the Sustainable Development Goals explains why addressing the soaring levels of socioeconomic disparity that have come to characterize modern times is both a critical development challenge and a human rights imperative.

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