Launch of WESS 2016

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The World Economic and Social Survey 2016 – Climate Change Resilience: an opportunity for reducing inequalities was launched by Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, at the opening of the 71st Session of the Second Committee on Monday, 3 October 2016.

The Survey advances our understanding of the climate and development nexus, particularly as it relates to challenges for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It builds upon the recognition that climate change and inequalities are locked in a vicious cycle: climate change triggers hazards which put at greatest risk the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalized—population groups already excluded from socioeconomic progress. In order to prevent climate change from exerting further devastating impacts, countries will have to close the development gaps that leave people and communities at risk.

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