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Inequality in Asia and the Pacific in the Era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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This publication reviews the region's inequality trends, challenges and achievements and identifies policy gaps across the three dimensions of inequality--inequality of outcome, inequality of opportunity and inequality of impact. It also discusses the potential impact of rapid and disruptive technological advances, such as machine learning, and puts forward a broad set of policy recommendations for reducing all forms of inequality for the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its core tenant of "leaving no one behind".

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A policy agenda to address the mutually reinforcing dimensions of inequality

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was unanimously adopted by 193 Member States of the United Nations in September 2015, includes strong commitments to reduce various forms of inequality. In addition to Sustainable Development Goal 10, “Reduce inequality within and among countries”, the Agenda includes several targets to reduce specific aspects of inequality. Examples include targets on social protection systems for all (1.3), access by all people to food (2.1), universal health coverage (3.8), completion of primary and secondary education by all girls and boys (4.1), ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls (5.1), and universal access to drinking water (6.1) and modern energy services (7.1).

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