You are here

Available in: EnglishEspañol

Inter-regional Expert Group Meeting "Placing equality at the centre of the 2030 Agenda"

Santiago, Chile - 27-28 Jun 2018


Understanding and addressing inequality in all its forms is necessary to promote the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and to ensure that “no one is left behind” in the development process. However, many challenges still exist to foster knowledge on the multiple dimensions of inequality, improve its measurement and strengthen the design of public policies for equality and that consider a rights-based approach.

This Inter-regional Expert Group Meeting marks the closing of the 9th Tranche United Nations Development Account project “Promoting Equality: Strengthening the Capacity of Select Developing Countries to Design and Implement Equality-oriented Public Policies and Programmes”, which is aimed at improving the awareness of the different dimensions of inequality, strengthening countries’ capacities to analyze and measure inequality, as well as at promoting the conceptualization, design and implementation of multidisciplinary public policies oriented towards greater socio-economic equality.


  • 09:30 to 18:00
    Interregional Expert Group Meeting “Placing equality at the centre of the 2030 Agenda”
    Celso Furtado
  • 09:30 to 09:45
    Inauguration: Equality and the 2030 Agenda
    Celso Furtado
  • 11:00 to 13:00
    Session 1: Regional views on inequality
    Celso Furtado
    • Simone Cecchini, Senior Social Affairs Officer, Social Development Division, ECLAC
      Key messages of the report & Latin American and Caribbean view on inequality
      Adrian Gauci, Economic Affairs Officer, Employment and Social Protection Section, Social Development Policy Division, ECA
      Regional View: Inequality in Africa
      Patrick Andersson, Chief, Sustainable Socioeconomic Transformation Section, Social Development Division, ESCAP
      Inequality in Asia and the Pacific
      Oussama Safa, Jefe, Chief, Participation and Social Justice Section, Social Development Division, ESCWA
      Informality in the Arab region: Another facet of Inequality
  • 14:30 to 16:00
    Session 2: Social protection, informality and inequality
    Celso Furtado
    • Maren Jimenez, Social Affairs Officer, Emerging Issues and Trends Section, Division for Inclusive Social Development, DESA
      Report on the World Social Situation: Promoting inclusion through social protection
      Fernando Filgueira, CIESU, Uruguay
      Pension and income transfers for old age
      Cecilia Rossel, Catholic University of Uruguay
      Social protection for families and early childhood
      Natalia Winder Rossi, Social Protection Team Leader, FAO
      Social protection in rural areas
      Saurabh Sinha, Employment and Social Protection Section, Social Development Policy Division, ECA
      Informality and inequality in Africa
  • 16:30 to 18:00
    Session 3: Country views on inequality (part 1)
    Celso Furtado
    • Juan Pablo Labat, Director, Evaluation and Monitoring, Ministry of Social Development (MIDES), Uruguay
      Repensando la pobreza desde las trayectorias de la desigualdad
      Gabriela Agosto, Executive Secretary of the National Council for Social Policy Coordination, Argentina
      Miradas nacionales de la desigualdad
      Nguyen Thi Lan Huong, Director, Institute for Vocational Education and Social Protection, Vietnam Vocational Training Association and Vocational Social Worker
      Fighting inequality in Vietnam: current situation and the future directions
      Anis Zahraz, Resource Person from the Tunisian Public Administration, Tunisia
      Les inégalités en Tunisie: État des Lieux et Défis


  • 09:00 to 18:00
    Session 4: Country views on inequality (part 2)
    Celso Furtado
    • Ana Ortega, Proyecto Tú Primero, Vice-presidency, Dominican Republic
      Experiencia República Dominicana
      Blanca Lilia García, Deputy Director General, International Relations, Ministry of Social Development, Mexico
      Miradas nacionales sobre desigualdad: México
      Nino Odisharia, Head of the Social Assistance Department, Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, Georgia
      Mubarak Rahamtalla, Consultant on International Development Cooperation for the Ministry of Security and Social Development, Sudan
  • 11:00 to 13:00
    Session 5: International perspectives on social protection and inequality
    Celso Furtado
    • Armando Barrientos, Professor, University of Manchester
      UBI and poverty reduction
      José Florito, Coordinator, Social Protection, CIPPEC and Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors
      IBU: ¿una bala de plata?
      Pablo Yanes, Research Coordinator, ECLAC
      Ingreso ciudadano universal y desafíos para un nuevo régimen de bienestar
      Ian Orton, Child Poverty and Social Protection Unit, Social Inclusion and Policy Section, Programme Division UNICEF
      The Promise of a Universal Child Grant: Examining the Case
      Jurgen De Wispelaere, University of Bath
      Varieties of Basic Income: The Political Economy of Unconditional Cash Transfers
  • 14:30 to 16:00
    Session 6: Measurement and analysis of poverty and socio-economic inequalities
    Celso Furtado
    • Xavier Mancero, Statistics Division, ECLAC
      Challenges and opportunities for the measurement of income inequality and poverty
      Varinia Tromben, Economic Affairs Officer, Social Development Division, ECLAC
      Tools for the study of socio-economic inequalities and the redistributive impact of social policies and taxation
      Ermina Sokou, Social Affairs Officer, Sustainable Socioeconomic Transformation Section, Social Development Division, ESCAP
      Analyzing inequality of opportunity in Asia and the Pacific
      Andres Vikat, Chief, Social and Demographic Statistics Section, UNECE
      Advancing the measurement of poverty and inequality in the UNECE region
      Vivian Milosavlievjc, Social Development Division, ECLAC
      Challenges and opportunities for the measurement of ethnic and racial inequalities
  • 16:30 to 18:00
    Session 7: Country experiences on measurement and analysis of socio-economic inequalities and the 2030 Agenda
    Celso Furtado
    • Trudi Renwick, Assistant Division Chief, Economic Characteristics, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau, UNECE region
      Measuring inequality and poverty in the United States: challenges and opportunities in the international context
      Viktors Veretjanovs, Senior Expert of Social Statistics Methodology Section, Social Statistics Department, Central Statistical Bureau, Latvia, UNECE region
      Measuring poverty and inequality in Latvia: advantages of harmonising methodology
      Soledad Villafañe, ECLAC office in Buenos Aires, ECLAC region
      Functional distribution of income
27-28 Jun 2018
Meetings and technical symposiums
Av. Dag Hammarskjold 3477, Vitacura
Celso Furtado conference room
By invitation


Margot Rovira
Secretary, Social Development Division
(+56) 2 2210 2285


Get ECLAC updates by email