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Tackling 21st century inequality: Challenges and potential solutions

  • Kanni Wignaraja

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Jakarta   /   Tue, December 10, 2019   /  01:13 pm
Tackling 21st century inequality: Challenges and potential solutions People are increasingly taking to the streets because they feel that economic and political structures are rigged against them and that their voices are not being heard. (Shutterstock.com/nep0)

Waves of protests have exploded around the world with people demonstrating against a range of problems, demanding an end to corruption, pushing for action on climate change and pressing for personal freedom. The anger of the demonstrators has caught governments off guard. Asia and the Pacific, the world’s most dynamic and diverse region, has reflected those protests. The events of this year — and how they came to pass — are a distillation of the intertwined challenges that will come to define the 21st century: climate crisis, automation and inequality. People are increasingly taking to the streets because they feel that economic and political structures are rigged against them and that their voices are not being heard. These grievances underpin the core analysis of United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) new Human Development Report (HDR), which pr...

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