More help on its way to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
As the United Nations, Barbados, and the Eastern Caribbean continues to upscale humanitarian support for the Government and People of…Read More
High Level Dialogue between the Government of Dominica and the United Nations Sub-Regional Team for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
Dominica, 29 March 2021.- On 25 March 2021 the Government of Dominica engaged in a high level Dialogue with the…Read More
High-level forum explores challenges faced by ECLAC Associate Members in the Eastern Caribbean in implementation of the 2030 Agenda
Costa Rica, 15 March 2021. Caribbean Overseas Territories (OTs) and Associate Members of the Economic Commission for Latin America and…Read More
11 March, New York -- The United Nations today launched a new global campaign, Only Together, to support its call for fair…Read More
“A crisis with a woman’s face”, article by the Secretary-General of the United Nations on International Women’s Day (8 March 2020)
As the world marks International Women’s Day in the midst of a global pandemic, one stark fact is clear: the…Read More
Making peace with nature is possible, if we start now
By Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme Even amid a pandemic, 2021 can go down as the…Read More
Sustainability is not new: communities have been living in harmony with their surroundings for hundreds, if not thousands of years. As the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration begins, the UN is celebrating some of the most remarkable agricultural systems found around the… Read More
A rise in climate litigation cases has made courtrooms increasingly important as a venue for addressing climate change around the world, according to a report released on Tuesday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The UNEP Global Climate Litigation Report: 2020… Read More
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GOAL OF THE MONTH
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Reducing inequalities and ensuring no one is left behind are integral to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Inequality within and among countries is a persistent cause for concern. Despite some positive signs toward reducing inequality in some dimensions, such as reducing relative income inequality in some countries and preferential trade status benefiting lower-income countries, inequality still persists.
COVID-19 has deepened existing inequalities, hitting the poorest and most vulnerable communities the hardest. It has put a spotlight on economic inequalities and fragile social safety nets that leave vulnerable communities to bear the brunt of the crisis. At the same time, social, political and economic inequalities have amplified the impacts of the pandemic.
On the economic front, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased global unemployment and dramatically slashed workers’ incomes.
COVID-19 also puts at risk the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights over the past decades. Across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection, the impacts of COVID-19 are exacerbated for women and girls simply by virtue of their sex.
Inequalities are also deepening for vulnerable populations in countries with weaker health systems and those facing existing humanitarian crises. Refugees and migrants, as well as indigenous peoples, older persons, people with disabilities and children are particularly at risk of being left behind. And hate speech targeting vulnerable groups is rising.