Global Scans · Reduced Inequalities · Weekly Summary

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries.

  • [New] The current conditions globally that have led to rising health and social inequities in many countries require an acceleration of advocacy which health promoters could lead. OUP Academic
  • [New] By 2040 health inequalities meant that 3.7 million adults, many in deprived areas, would be living with a major illness such as type 2 diabetes, chronic pain or depression. The Guardian
  • The overall decline in global gender inequality might be masking an uneven process in which inequality is declining in some regions of the world while remaining stubbornly constant or perhaps even increasing in other regions. PubMed Central (PMC)
  • Model simulations suggest that, with high complementarity, higher-wage earners can expect a more-than-proportional increase in their labour income, leading to an increase in labour income inequality. BusinessMirror
  • Higher-wage earners whose jobs have high complementarity with AI can expect an increase in their income, leading to an increase in inequality. The Guardian
  • United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction highlighted that disadvantaged groups disproportionately incur inequality due to the vicious cycle of climate-related disasters, making disadvantaged groups vulnerable to natural hazards. Nature
  • Rights watchdog Amnesty International has warned that world order is under threat amid a wave of international rule breaking, deepening global inequality, superpower rivalries, and accelerating climate change. RFE/RL
  • By harnessing the power of AI-driven innovation, Member States can unlock new opportunities for inclusive growth, enhance access to essential services, and address pressing global challenges such as poverty, inequality, and climate change. OpenGov Asia
  • The world could run out of freshwater by 2040, leaving a third of global GDP exposed to negative shocks from water scarcity and a potential 6 pc decline amid increases in health risks, migration and inequality. The Telegraph
  • In Australia, the top five concerns of consumers were employee personal needs, income/inequality, economic outlook, climate change and education opportunities. WE Communications: Digital Communications & Public Rela
  • The long-term success of Pakistan's counterterrorism strategy will depend on its ability to address the root causes of extremism, including poverty, inequality, and political instability, and prepare itself against the 5th generation hybrid war that has already gained maximum velocity. The Nation
  • Global trends such as climate change, natural resource scarcity and technological transitions will further exacerbate gender inequalities if no mitigating action is taken. World Bank Blogs
  • Closing the gender pay gap between women and men could add an additional £250 billion to the UK economy, so we are using evidence-based actions to tackle inequalities and empower women to flourish. GOV.UK
  • From health-care delivery to accessible financial and legal services, AI has the potential to benefit society in many ways and tackle inequality around the world. University of Toronto
  • The main challenge Latin America faces in terms of inequality might not be economic inequality per se but the capacity to keep access to political institutions broad and open enough so that the underprivileged can influence economic outcomes. OpenMind
  • Since the COVID-19 pandemic - which has widened pre-existing inequality gaps, including gender inequality, and reversed progress on sustainable development - it is now estimated that it will take the world 286 years to achieve gender equality. World Health Organization: WHO
  • Improving life expectancy in the UK and closing inequality gaps will require a coherent cross-government strategy that promotes healthy lifestyles to prevent disease, identifies and treats illness earlier, and reduces inequalities by improving the health of people in deprived communities. New Statesman
  • Socioeconomic Disparities: AI applications could inadvertently favor wealthier or more technologically advanced regions, exacerbating inequalities among different socioeconomic groups, especially in global operations. National Law Review
  • A global scenario where income inequality is reduced to the levels of the best performing countries in 2017 does eliminate poverty in the High Income No Growth scenario through 2100. Nature
  • Even with global policies that significantly increase cash transfers to the poor and retired, dramatically improve income inequality, and eliminate military spending, the Global Negative Growth Big Push scenario leads to an increase of 15 percentage points in global extreme poverty by 2100. Nature
  • The CEB sees addressing the social dimensions of climate change as a key, cross-cutting objective of its Strategic Framework 2023-2027, given that climate hazards deepen inequality and keep vulnerable people in a cycle of underdevelopment. European Investment Bank
  • Like many other countries, South Africa is grappling with the digital divide, which has created inequalities in access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities. HSRC
  • As a result of global inequalities and restrictive immigration policies, many workers from developing regions are willing to borrow heavily from their communities and risk their lives to access opportunities in more affluent countries. Ghana Business News

Last updated: 27 May 2024

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