The demonstrations sweeping across the world today signal that, despite unprecedented progress against poverty, hunger and disease, many societies are not working as they should. The connecting thread, is inequality.
Just as the gap in basic living standards is narrowing for millions of people, the necessities to thrive have evolved.
A new generation of inequalities is opening up, around education, and around technology and climate change -- two seismic shifts that, unchecked, could trigger a ‘new great divergence’ in society of the kind not seen since the Industrial Revolution.
In countries with very high human development, for example, subscriptions to fixed broadband are growing 15 times faster and the proportion of adults with tertiary education is growing more than six times faster than in countries with low human development.
The report analyzes inequality in three steps: beyond income, beyond averages, and beyond today and proposes a battery of policy options to tackle it.
The Solevaka team is grateful for the valuable comments and perspectives shared
by contributors to the E-Consultation on the Pacific Climate Action that was held for two months.
Most views highlighted the impacts of climate change and the lack of information sharing on efforts in the region. The voices of young people and their request to be included in initiatives were raised.
Information sharing continues to be highlighted as an important practice that needed to be strengthened particularly given that the landscape of projects is vast in the climate change space and information is scatted.
Following the closure of the e-discussions or forum, the team has summarized the contributions and the synthesis report.
As the world strives to cut greenhouse gas emissions and limit climate change
, it is crucial to track progress towards globally agreed climate goals.
For a decade, the United Nations Environment Program’s Emissions Gap Report has compared where greenhouse gas emissions are heading against where they need to be, and highlighted the best ways to close the gap.
What’s new in this year’s report?
Update on the emissions gap
The report presents the latest data on the expected gap in 2030 for the 1.5°C and 2°C temperature targets of the Paris Agreement. It considers different scenarios, from no new climate policies since 2005 to full implementation of all national commitments under the Paris Agreement. For the first time, it looks at how large annual cuts would need to be from 2020 to 2030 to stay on track to meeting the Paris goals.
Every year, the report features ways to bridge the gap. This year, the report looks at the potential of the energy transition – particularly in the power, transport and buildings sectors – and efficiency in the use of materials such as iron steel and cement.