Join the latest e-discussion on inequalities in urban areas

Date: Friday, January 4, 2013

The e-discussion on inequalities and urban areas begins on 4 January and will continue for three weeks. The discussion is led by organizations committed to finding solutions for the urban poor: the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Slum Dwellers International, UN HABITAT and UNICEF. The discussion will aim to gather views from a broad range of stakeholders on how to address Inequalities in Urban Areas in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

This is the eighth of the UN Development Group Global Thematic Consultations on Inequalities, jointly convened by UN Women and UNICEF. The online platform for the e-discussion on addressing inequalities was launched at the beginning of October with the first discussion focusing on gender inequality, followed by a discussion on gender-based violence on 17 October. The website is open to the public, following a simple registration process.

The e-discussions are a series of time-bound, co-moderated dialogues designed to seek the views of a broad range of stakeholders including governments, UN and other development agencies, civil society, philanthropic organizations, the private sector, and most importantly, the general public.

UN Women aims to bring together a wide range of views and voices on a variety of topics related to inequalities to review progress on the Millennium Development Goals and discuss the options for reflecting and addressing inequalities in the post-2015 development framework.

These e-discussions are meant to stimulate a “global conversation on the various forms of inequalities, identify policy options and responses and look at how these might be deployed in the context of the post-2015 development agenda and look in-depth at the structure, content and implications of major forms of inequalities, as barriers to development and social justice.

The recommendations emerging from the e-discussions, and other discussions on gender within and outside the inequalities track, will be part of a synthesis report that will be presented to a high-level meeting in Denmark in February 2013 on Inequalities. The report will also be provided to the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda appointed by the UN Secretary-General.