Side Event on Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10)

Reducing inequalities (SDG10) is essential for overcoming extreme poverty (SDG 1) and a successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda as a whole. Many countries experience high and increasing inequalities. A reversal of this trend is not in sight. Therefore, it is paramount to take political action towards reaching this central goal of the 2030 Agenda. Strong social protection and redistributive policies significantly reduce inequality within countries. Therefore, it is essential to develop overarching strategies, build universal social protection systems as well as assess and increase redistributive capacities. These measures have to ensure that no one is left behind and equitable access to protection against risks and against poverty for all people is guaranteed.

The panel will discuss the most persistent barriers to a sustained reduction of inequalities and the contribution of fiscal and social protection policies to overcome inequalities worldwide.


Side Event on Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10)

Overcoming barriers to reduce inequalities: Policies to leave no one behind and achieve greater equality
July 15, 2019, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations | Auditorium


Dr Maria Flachsbarth
Parliamentary State Secretary
German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Dr Luise Steinwachs
Deputy Chair
Association of German Development and Humanitarian Aid NGOs (VENRO)


Pedro Conceição
Office of the Human Development Report, United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

Dr Chiara Mariotti
Inequality Policy Manager
Oxfam Great Britain

Wolfgang Schiefer
Senior Multilateral Cooperation Specialist
International Labour Organization (ILO)

Roberto Bissio
Social Watch and Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors

Esther Lusepani (tbc)
Permanent Secretary
Namibian Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare

Host: Dr Minu Hemmati

Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Please confirm your participation by July 11 to Ms. Johanna Hauf (, stating your name, position and affiliation.
For further questions, please contact Ms. Johanna Hauf or Ms. Sonja Grigat (

The side event on Reducing Inequalities within and among countries (SDG 10) is hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Association of German Development and Humanitarian Aid NGOs (VENRO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Download the invitation here.

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