Spotlight on insecurity, inequality and poverty webinar series

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Changes in the world of work, globalization and technological breakthroughs have benefitted many people, but have also created disruption and put many others at disadvantage.  These long-standing trends, which have raised aspirations but also fears, are compounded by new systemic threats, including those brought about by the Covid-19 crisis and the conflict in Ukraine.  These threats expose the precarity of many people’s lives and reveal the large degree of risk embedded in today’s society.

While challenges to economic security are growing for many people, their abilities to cope and recover are not improving accordingly. Public institutions, policies and governance systems are struggling to adapt to rapidly changing needs in both developed and developing countries. There is a growing disconnect between policy and today’s needs. Persistent inequality and rising insecurity are the main consequences of this disconnect. In this sense, economic insecurity intersects with inequality and poverty to form a “critical triangle” of today’s most urgent societal challenges.

This webinar series explores issues of insecurity, inequality and poverty, and their implications for development in the aftermath of recent crises, to inform DESA’s analytical work on emerging issues and trends in social development.

>> The next webinar is to be confirmed.

Previous Speakers

Daron Acemoglu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), “Can we have pro-human AI?
6 October 2023

Roberto Stefan Foa, Cambridge Centre for the Future of Democracy, “The Great Reset: the Pandemic and Trust”
7 June 2023

Rachel Gisselquist, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), “Addressing Ethnic Inequality: Comparative Experiences
29 March 2023

Deborah Carr, Boston University, “The Golden Years? Social inequality in later life
24 June 2021

Minouche Shafik, London School of Economics and Political Science, “What we owe each other: A new social contract for a better society
17 May 2021

Anthony Painter, Royal Society of the Arts, “Economic security as mega-challenge: policy and civil society pathways to change
20 January 2021

Guy Standing, SOAS University of London, “Basic Income in a Time of Pandemics: Battling Eight Giants
10 September 2020

Luis Felipe López-Calva, United Nations Development Programme, “When Juncture meets Structure: the intersection of vulnerability and COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean"
27 August 2020

Nancy Birdsall, Center for Global Development, “The Strugglers: Insecurity in the 21st Century
23 July 2020

Anirudh Krishna, Duke University, “Income Insecurity, Poverty Dynamics and Covid-19
16 June 2020