Tackling inequalities beyond 2015 through social protection

A ministerial panel to discuss social protection policies to address inequalities in the post-2015 development agenda of the United Nations.

The high-level panel on "Tackling Inequalities beyond 2015 through Social Protection" organized as part of the 68th UN General Assembly discussions on accelerating the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development framework and included the participation of H.E. Mr. Jean-Pascal Labille, Minister for Development Cooperation of Belgium, Mr. Guy Ryder, the ILO Director-General and the Director of the Rio+ World Centre for Sustainable Development, Mr Romulo Paes.

The objective of the event was to discuss the role of social protection policies in accelerating the achievements of the MDGs, addressing poverty and inequalities and boosting inclusive economic growth and sustainable development.

Today, only one in five people in the world is covered by adequate social protection systems. The lack of social protection will remain a major challenge beyond 2015, compounded by instability and cyclical fluctuations in the global economy, as well as structural changes—demographic trends, labour markets, climate change, and the transition to a more environmentally friendly development path.

The failure to address the social protection gaps could worsen inequalities and have a negative impact on the social and political conditions conducive to economic growth.

This event showcased innovative approaches to tackle inequalities and promote inclusive growth through effective and sustainable social protection policies.

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