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Inequality

Over 70 organisations from across civil society in England and Wales have provided evidence for a new report to the United Nations on the UK’s human rights record, writes Emma Guy for Each Other.  The report by Just Fair concludes that rights in the UK – including everyday rights such as to food, housing, social...
The richest 1 percent grabbed nearly two-thirds of all new wealth worth $42 trillion created since 2020, almost twice as much money as the bottom 99 percent of the world’s population, reveals a new Oxfam report today.  During the past decade, the richest 1 percent had captured around half of all new...
Five million children worldwide died before their fifth birthday in 2021, with almost half (47%) dying during their first month, according to new UN figures. Most of the deaths could have been prevented with better healthcare, say campaigners, adding that deaths among newborn babies haven’t reduced significantly...
Unless austerity is reversed, people in developing countries will lose social protections and public services just when they are most needed. And it doesn't have to be this way, write Isabel Ortiz and Matthew Cummins for Project Syndicate. The world is confronting multiple, compounding crises, from COVID-19, energy...
A lack of financial resources was a major sticking point at the talks, as well as vague commitments on reducing consumption and production. Report by Catherine Early for The Ecologist. A deal aimed at ending mankind’s destruction of nature has been agreed today at UN COP15 talks in Montreal, Canada. Governments...
Pandemics, wars and recessions do not exempt states from human-rights commitments. They must tax multinationals and the richest more to protect the most vulnerable, writes Magdalena Sepúlveda for Social Europe. For many, it began with cancelling a doctor’s appointment, not buying clothes for their children, giving...
The external debt of the world’s low and middle-income countries at the end of 2021 totalled 9 trillion US dollars, more than double the amount a decade ago. Such debt is expected to increase by an additional 1.1 trillion US dollars in 2023. By Baher Kamal.  Moreover, the debt-service payments, projected to top 62...
At this time of year, it is easy to forget the reality of the critical world situation as we partake in the frantic overconsumption and festivities of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas in the midst of environmental destruction, growing levels of poverty and escalating global tensions?  Mohammed...
The UN General Assembly has adopted by unanimous consensus a resolution that mandates the UN to set course for a global tax leadership role. The historic decision is likely to mark the beginning of the end of the OECD’s sixty-year reign as the world’s leading rule maker on global tax, and will now kick off a power...
Richer countries haven't met their $100 billion promise to help poorer countries move beyond fossil fuels. Where's the money going to come from? By John Feffer for Foreign Policy in Focus. To keep the planet from overheating, there’s just so much more carbon that humans can pump into the atmosphere. From the onset...
COP27 marked the point where equity finally took center stage. National fair shares are now on the agenda, if only as the background to an inevitable debate about pragmatic ways forward, writes Tom Athanasiou for Foreign Policy in Focus. There is something in the modern radical mind that wants the climate...
At COP27, wealthy governments are pushing for stronger efforts to limit global warming—while failing to deliver the finance and technology promised for climate action in poorer countries, writes Brandon Wu.  It’s a rich irony that the United States, European Union and other wealthy countries are claiming to be...
After days of intense negotiations that stretched into early Sunday morning in Sharm el-Sheikh, countries at the latest UN Climate Change Conference, COP27, reached agreement on an outcome that established a funding mechanism to compensate vulnerable nations for ‘loss and...
A new report provides a global equity analysis of how climate pledges stack up against the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C. The 2022 Civil Society Equity Review, endorsed by over 200 civil society organisations and social movements, builds on previous years’ elaborations of what fair shares means...
Media organisations worldwide have published a common view about the need for nations to cooperate, accept their moral responsibilities and fairly share the burden of tackling climate change. Climate change is a global problem that requires cooperation between all nations. That’s why today more than 30 newspapers...