Fighting Inequalities is not a game!

Fighting Inequalities is not a game!

The ‘Fighting Inequalities Campaign’ has been launched by SOLIDAR – together with the EEB, GCAP, WVI and other 22 Civil Society Organizations from all around Europe - in the framework of the European Development Days. The campaign calls for bold collective action to implement sustainable development goal (SDG) 10 (reduced inequalities) and its targets*.

By playing the Fight Inequality Game (see picture), visitors were made to think about the different forms of inequalities experienced by people all around the world and gained a better understanding of the interdependence between SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) and all the other SDGs.

The common thread of the campaign is ‘without reducing inequalities, none of the SDGs can be achieved’. For example, 

  • Social and environmental inequalities are interrelated: Fighting inequalities is key to ensure affordable and clean energy (SDG10 & SDG 7): in France, for example, the bottom 10 per cent can afford to consume 73 kWh per person per day versus 262 kWh for the top rich 10 per cent.
  • Inequality severely hampers individual and social human development (SDG 10 & SDG 1 & SDG 8 & SDG 4)
  • Inequality severely hampers the quality of our democracies (SDG 10 & SDG 16): Evidence shows that the more unequal a society becomes, the more it becomes polarized and vulnerable to fragile situations and escalations.

 

SOLIDAR believes that fighting inequalities is not a game. It requires public policies and regulations to strengthen the welfare state and social protection systems; to ensure the respect of human rights; the progressiveness of taxes; equal opportunities for both women and men; the elimination of subsidies on fossil fuel energy and other unsustainable sources of energy; an increase in public social investment to enhance people’s chances for a decent future.

To know more about the Campaign’s key messages, watch the video.

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*What is SDG 10 (REDUCING INEQUALITY WITHIN AND AMONG COUNTRIES) about?

SDG 10 has 7 targets to be achieved by 2030. These are:

10.1) By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average;

10.2) By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status;

10.3)  Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard;

10.4) Adopt policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality;

10.5) Improve the regulation and monitoring of global financial markets and institutions and strengthen the implementation of such regulations;

10.6) Ensure enhanced representation and voice for developing countries in decision-making in global international economic and financial institutions in order to deliver more effective, credible, accountable and legitimate institutions;

10.7)  Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies;

10.A) Implement the principle of special and differential treatment for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, in accordance with World Trade Organization agreements;

10.B) Encourage official development assistance and financial flows, including foreign direct investment, to States where the need is greatest, in particular least developed countries, African countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries, in accordance with their national plans and programmes;

10.C) By 2030, reduce to less than 3 per cent the transaction costs of migrant remittances and eliminate remittance corridors with costs higher than 5 per cent;

 

**The Campaign funded by the European Union through the Make Europe Sustainable for All project. 

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