Inequality Reduction as a Global Goal

  • DATE / TIME:
    2019•06•19    15:00 - 16:00

    An important feature of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the inclusion of a separate, stand-alone goal for inequality reduction. The objective of SDG 10, which comprises 10 targets and 11 indicators, is to “Reduce Inequality Within and Among Countries”.

    Some existing assessments of SDG 10 are highly critical of how the goal has been formulated and specified. This presentation seeks to understand the nature and logic of SDG 10 and offer a more positive view.

    The “Inequality Reduction as a Global Goal: The Nature and Logic of SDG 10” seminar will:

    • set out what a global goal is
    • focusing specifically on global income inequality, ask which elements of inequality reduction would be expected to enter SDG 10 given the nature of global goals in general
    • compare the formulation and specification of SDG 10 with these expectations

    The analysis suggests that one important effect of the adoption of global goals is to stimulate further practical reasoning and deliberation on how to “fill them in” in terms of what they mean and how they can be achieved. The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which will be held in July 2019, includes such discussion of SDG 10; deeper understanding of the nature and logic of the goal can contribute to a sound basis for this and other deliberations.

    For more, see the event announcement on the UNU-WIDER website.

    About the speaker

    Charles Gore is Honorary Professor in Economics at the University of Glasgow and Research Associate in Global Studies at the University of Sussex. His academic publications examine the nature of the explanations, normative judgements, and discursive narratives which underpin international development practice.

    From 1999–2008, he was team leader and principal author of UNCTAD’s Least Developed Countries Report, and from 2008–2012 he was Special Coordinator for Cross-Sectoral Issues, directing research on Africa and on least developed countries in UNCTAD.