World Day of Social Justice 2013

Progress Denied: The impact of inequalities on development

The panel will explore the various forms and manifestations of inequalities which are central to the post-2015 discussions.

Inequalities are a global challenge that harms everyone. Inequalities are often closely associated with and reinforced by specific forms of discrimination, including in the social, economic, legal and cultural spheres. However, inequalities are much greater than differences and often focus more on fairness and social justice.

Panelists will provide specific examples of how inequalities result from structural barriers, are incompatible with sustained progress for all and prevent people from enjoying dignity, human rights and interacting as equals in society.

Opening remarks

H.E. Mr. Talaibek Kydyrov Ambassador Extraordinary and Permanent Representative
Permanent Mission of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations
  • U.N. Secretary-General message
  • ILO Director-General message (Video message)

Panel Discussion

  • Ms. Bryce Covert – Moderator
    The Nation and the Roosevelt Institute
  • Ms. Manuela Tomei
    Director, Conditions of Work and Equality, International Labour Organization
  • Ms. Rania Antonpoulos
    Senior Scholar and Program Director, Gender Equality and the Economy, Levy Economics Institute of Bard College
  • Ms. Helen Panagiotopoulos
    Communications Coordinator, Domestic Workers United

Q&A Session

Closing of panel discussion

Ms. Telma Viale ILO Special Representative to the United Nations and Director
ILO Office for the United Nations