Climate Change Resilience: an opportunity for reducing inequalities

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The World Economic and Social Survey 2016 contributes to the debate on the implementation challenges of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In addressing the specific challenge of building resilience to climate change, the Survey focuses attention on the population groups and communities that are disproportionately affected by climate hazards. It argues that, in the absence of transformative policies which coherently address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development, building climate resilience will remain elusive and poverty and inequalities will worsen.

To the extent that the differential impact of climate hazards on people and communities is determined largely by the prevalence of multiple inequalities in respect of the access to resources and opportunities, policies aimed at building climate resilience provide an opportunity to address the structural determinants of poverty and inequality in their multiple dimensions.

For more information, please see the full report, executive summary, overview (in 6 languages), individual chapters and glossary HERE.


About the World Economic and Social Survey

In 1947, a mandate by the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit annual reports on current world economic conditions and trends to the Economic and Social Council. The following reports were produced as a result of this mandate: Economic Report: Salient Features of the World Economic Situation from 1945 to 1947World Economic Report (1948-1954); World Economic Survey (1955-1993); and World Economic and Social Survey (1994-1998). In 1999, the report was split into two. The World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) serves as the United Nations’ definitive report on the state of the world economy. The World Economic and Social Survey focuses on specific medium- to long-term development challenges. Since 2005, the Survey has devoted itself entirely to specific themes of topical interest related to development. It provides objective analyses of pressing long-term social and economic development issues and discusses the positive and negative impact of corresponding policy prescriptions.

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