SDG 10: REDUCED INEQUALITIES
In 2015, UN member countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Campaign, known as Project Everyone, introduced the term Global Goals and is intended to help communicate the agreed SDGs to a wider constituency, accelerating the creation of a fairer world by 2030, where extreme poverty has been eradicated, climate change is properly addressed and injustice and inequality are unacceptable. Let us get to it then, everyone met Goal 10 ‘Reduce inequality within and among countries’; learn what has been done, what is yet to be achieve and what you can do to support the targets of this goal.
Why Should we care?
As a member of UN youth Seychelles, I stand as a proud champion of this campaign. However, this campaign calls for company, the company of men and women of all works of life to do their part to complete everyone’s project. In today’s world, we are all interconnected. Problems and challenges, be it poverty, climate change, migration or economic crises are never just confined to one country or group. Even the richest countries still have communities living in abject poverty. The oldest democracies still wrestle with racism, homophobia and transphobia, and religious intolerance. Furthermore, a recent UNICEF report noted growing inequality among children in several high-income countries. Global inequality affects us all, no matter who we are or where we are from.
Inequalities based on income, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, class, ethnicity, religion and opportunity continue to persist across the world, within and among countries. Income inequality cannot be effectively tackled unless the underlying inequality of opportunities is addressed. In a global survey conducted by UN Development Programme, policy makers from around the world acknowledged that inequality in their countries is generally high and potentially a threat to long-term social and economic development.
Evidence shows that, beyond a certain threshold, inequality harms growth and poverty reduction, the quality of relations in the public and political spheres and individuals’ sense of fulfillment and self-worth. This, in turn, can breed crime, disease and environmental degradation. To reduce inequality, policies should be universal in principle paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.
Goal 10. REDUCED INEQUALITITES: Task in relation to Seychelles
What you can do to help?
The first is to educate yourself and others about the problem and it what form they take. We can ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of income, if we support the elimination of discriminatory laws, policies and practices. The most important step is to be willing to recognise inequalities and do our best to include all members of society. We do this together or not at all.
(Contributed by Mr Craig Joseph)