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Report on the World Social Situation 2005

The Inequality Predicament

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The 2005 Report on the World Social Situation focuses on the international aspects of inequality. As emphasized by the ten-year review of the implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action, there has been uneven progress in many areas of social development, with important regression in others. The main assumption of this report is that issues of equity and inequality have acquired such importance nowadays that it renders a difficult task to strengthen the development agenda without first addressing the segmentation of society that, among other reasons, rising levels of inequality have produced.

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Inequalities and social integration

Inequalities and the lack of opportunities contribute to social disintegration. Many remain excluded from the political process, and the hopes, aspirations and concerns of those who have no chance to express themselves are frequently overlooked and ignored. Entrenched power systems that tend to favour a select minority reinforce these inequalities and discourage social integration.

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