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Will growth be enough to end poverty?

by Arief Anshory Yusuf, Zuzy Anna, Ahmad Komarulzaman, Andy Sumner
Today, October 17th is the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (you already knew that, right?). In new analysis for UNU-WIDER, we assess progress towards the global poverty-related SDGs, specifically monetary poverty, undernutrition, child and maternal mortality, and access to clean water and basic sanitation. Our analysis then looks forward, making projections on the state of global progress over the coming years, up to the 2030 deadline for meeting the SDGs.It’s not looking...

On the road to fairer societies in Asia and the Pacific region

by Srinivas Tata, Ruby Richardson
A recent panel discussion at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok set out to identify policy interventions that can drive transformational change and support the Asia–Pacific (APAC) region in achieving the SDGs. The panel convened experts from UN ESCAP, UNICEF, the ILO, and UNU-WIDER to discuss accelerating progress on decent work and fairer societies. The discussion in Bangkok was prompted by a presentation of UNU-WIDER’s recent report on...

Pinelopi Goldberg warns of the impact of deglobalization

With several violent conflicts around the world weighing heavily on our minds, we attended the 27th WIDER Annual Lecture. Dr. Pinelopi Goldberg’s lecture on the potentially catastrophic consequences of a deglobalization movement are extremely relevant. In her lecture, titled ‘Globalization in crisis – confronting a new economic reality’, Goldberg delivered a well-researched account of the history of globalization and recent trends toward a deglobalization movement, outlining what may be causing...

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