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Thursday, 3rd July 2014

Reducing Economic Inequality as a Sustainable Development Goal: Measuring up the Options for beyond 2015

Source: New Economics Foundation (UK)

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Tackling economic inequality is not a by-product of fighting poverty and climate change – it is a key ingredient. A more equal world by 2030 would dramatically reduce the number of people living in extreme poverty, and better brace us to mitigate and adapt to environmental shocks. So why is the issue being sidelined in global talks on which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should head up international development efforts post-2015?

The 2015 endpoint for the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is fast approaching, and with it a vital opportunity to review and refocus global efforts to fight poverty and environmental decline. But as the international community debates a new set of SDGs to anchor international development efforts up to 2030, something crucial is being overlooked. A standalone goal on reducing economic inequality has been excluded from the final list of potential SDGs.

Expert consensus couldn’t be clearer on the corrosive effect of economic inequality on health, social cohesion, economic growth, education and crime. Forecasts show that, without narrowing the gap between the richest and poorest in our societies, other attempts to fight poverty and stabilise the environment could be fatally undermined.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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