This side event to the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) will focus particularly on Sustainable Development Goal 10, “Reduce inequality within and among countries,” discussing concrete proposals on how to advance progress at the national and global levels, including specific suggestions for the HLPF.
Across the world, extreme economic inequality is out of control, threatening human rights, undermining our economies and corroding our politics. Oxfam data shows that 26 people now own as much wealth as the bottom 3.8 billion people combined. Extreme economic inequality is fundamentally undermining the fight against poverty. It is also inextricably linked to other inequalities such as gender inequality, trapping women in poverty at the bottom of the economy, and it is driving climate change, where the richest people in the richest economies remain wedded to a carbon economy while the poorest people are paying the highest price.
The event will present a range of perspectives on progress and challenges towards achieving Goal 10. Speakers will be asked to reflect on some concrete proposals for necessary policies and mechanisms at both the national and international levels, including shaping the creation of a multi-stakeholder global forum on inequality.
- Peggy Hicks, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Njoki Njehu, Fight Inequality Alliance
- Chiara Mariotti, Oxfam
- Irene Ovonji Odida, Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation
- Rosa Pavanelli, Public Services International
- Moderator: Ignacio Saiz, Center for Economic and Social Rights
The side-event, is co-organized by the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), Fight Inequality Alliance and Oxfam and co-sponsored by the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT), OHCHR and Public Services International (PSI).