Side event for the 52nd Commission for Social Development

Addressing Inequalities, Promoting Empowerment

The side event will discuss whether a goal on equity should be a part of the post 2015-development agenda, as well as the role of decent work and social protection policies as means to reduce inequalities.



Side Event of the 52nd session of the Commission for Social Development

Addressing Inequalities, Promoting Empowerment

14 February 2014
1:15 to 2:30p.m.
United Nations Headquarters, New York
Conference Room 5 (NLB)
Background
Growing inequality between and within countries has become a pressing issue at the national level and internationally, and a source of mounting public concern. Inequalities found in the socio- economic, political, and environmental realms can be strongly intertwined and mutually reinforcing. Inequalities also constrain the
promotion of empowerment of those living in poverty. The ‘leave no- one behind’ principle put forward as one of the key transformative shifts for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals framework is an important promise made by the international community towards promoting social justice and equity within the broader agenda of poverty eradication and sustainable development.

Addressing various dimensions of inequality and focusing on narrowing disparities between social groups may require innovative solutions. The side- event is aimed at discussing possible options in this domain. Some key questions are whether a “stand-alone” goal on equity should be a part of the post 2015-development agenda, what is the role of human rights framework for addressing inequalities, and what empowerment entails in this light, including the gender dimensions of empowerment.
 

Speakers

Aurelio Parisotto, Senior Economist, Policy Integration, ILO
Ron Wiman, Finnish Delegation to the Commission for Social Development
Sergei Zelenev, International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW)
Lynne Healy, International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)

Moderator:
Patience Stephens, Dir., Intergovernmental Support Division, UN-Women