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International conference on global inequality

Minister for Development Cooperation co-hosts a two-day conference focussing on global inequality.

A girl living on the streets in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

A girl living on the streets in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Photo: Jørgen Schytte/Danida

Since 2000 inequality has grown significantly in many places, both between people and between countries, also in countries that have experienced considerable growth. This means that the gap between the rich and the poor is growing. Inequality makes it difficult to combat poverty, contributes to social instability and is therefore cited by many as being one of the greatest social, economic and political challenges in the world. Global inequality will be therefore the main topic of a two-day international conference in Copenhagen 18 and 19 February 2013.

In this connection, Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach states: “The new global development goals must unite the world around a strong vision for eradicating extreme poverty. It can be done! But it requires a sustained effort to combat inequality and discrimination – both between the rich and the poor, between men and women, between vulnerable and strong groups in all societies. And to this end, human rights are our strongest weapon, and they are the guiding principles in Denmark’s international engagement.”

The conference, which consists of two parts, is one of a series of global consultations that the UN is holding as part of the process of formulating the development goals that are to replace the UN’s eight Millennium Development Goals. The recommendations from the conference will feed into the UN and the international community’s joint efforts to formulate new development goals. The first part of the meeting on 18 February is a public dialogue meeting with the participation of experts and popular organisations, where the general public will have an opportunity to participate via live streaming on the inequality consultation’s website and to ask questions via Twitter.

The second part of the conference is a high-level meeting on 19 February, when invited decision-makers and ministers from a number of developing countries, middle-income countries and OECD countries together with leaders from the UN and civil society organisations will discuss what the international community should do to address global inequality.

Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach is to co-host the conference together with Paul Victor Obeng, Chairman of the National Development Commission in Ghana, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, and Michele Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women.

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