GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality

Reduce inequality within and among countries


Reducing inequalities and ensuring no one is left behind are integral to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Inequality within and among countries is a persistent cause for concern. Despite some positive signs toward reducing inequality in some dimensions, such as reducing relative income inequality in some countries and preferential trade status benefiting lower-income countries, inequality still persists.

COVID-19 has deepened existing inequalities, hitting the poorest and most vulnerable communities the hardest. It has put a spotlight on economic inequalities and fragile social safety nets that leave vulnerable communities to bear the brunt of the crisis.  At the same time, social, political and economic inequalities have amplified the impacts of the pandemic.

On the economic front, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased global unemployment and dramatically slashed workers’ incomes.

COVID-19 also puts at risk the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights over the past decades. Across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection, the impacts of COVID-19 are exacerbated for women and girls simply by virtue of their sex.

Inequalities are also deepening for vulnerable populations in countries with weaker health systems and those facing existing humanitarian crises. Refugees and migrants, as well as indigenous peoples, older persons, people with disabilities and children are particularly at risk of being left behind. And hate speech targeting vulnerable groups is rising.

UN AI Actions

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
United Nations Global Pulse (UN Global Pulse)
International Labour Organization (ILO)
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)


8 June 2017
10:30 - 12:00 CET, Geneva
Irakli Beridze (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)), Virginia Dignum (Umeå University), Brian Witten (Symantec Research Labs (SRL) Worldwide)...
8 June 2017
09:00 - 10:00 CET, Geneva
David Hanson (Hanson Robotics), Lynne E. Parker (University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UTK)), Mady Delvaux-Stehres (European Parliament)...
28 May 2019
11:15 - 11:30 CEST, Geneva
Frederic Werner (International Telecommunication Union (ITU)), Timnit Gebru (Google)
2 July 2020
16:00 - 17:30 CEST, Geneva
Arthur Van Der Wees (Arthur's Legal), Frits Bussemaker (Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age (I4ADA)), Jan Kleijssen (Council of Europe)
16 July 2020
17:30 - 18:15 CEST, Geneva
Amir Banifatemi (XPRIZE), Ania Calderon (Open Data Charter), Jaimie Boyd (Government of British Columbia)...
24 February 2021
16:00 - 17:30 CET, Geneva
Alice Eckstein (United Nations University - Centre for Policy Research), Anjali Mazumder (The Alan Turing Institute), Doreen Boyd (University of Nottingham)...
25 March 2021
17:00 - 18:00 CET, Geneva
Nicholas Carlini (Google AI), Wojciech Samek (Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute)
15 April 2021
15:00 - 16:00 CEST, Geneva
Arndt Von Twickel (Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)), Wojciech Samek (Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute)
22 April 2021
17:00 - 18:00 CEST, Geneva
Thomas G. Dietterich (Oregon State University), Wojciech Samek (Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute)
5 May 2021
16:00 - 17:00 CEST, Geneva
Anja Kaspersen (Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs), Mikko Hyppönen (F-Secure)
25 May 2021
15:00 - 16:00 CEST, Geneva
Aki Enkenberg (Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland), Alisha Arora (The HopeSisters), Belén Guede (STEM Academy)...
12 October 2021
15:30 - 17:00 CEST, Geneva | 21:30 - 23:00 HKT, Hong Kong | 9:30 - 11:00 EDT, Boston
Ben Goertzel (SingularityNET), Cynthia Breazeal (MIT Media Lab), David Hanson (Hanson Robotics)...
6 May 2022
14:00 - 15:30 CEST, Geneva | 08:00-09:30 EDT, New York | 20:00-21:30 CST, Beijing
Sławomir Stańczak (Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute)
17 May 2022
16:00 - 17:30 CEST, Geneva | 10:00-11:30 EST, New York | 22:00-23:30 CST, Beijing
Eng Lim Goh (Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)), Nicola D’Ascenzo (University of Science and Technology of China, Heifei), Claudio Caimi (HPE Pointnext Italy )...
24 May 2022
16:00 - 17:30 CEST, Geneva | 10:00-11:30 EDT, New York | 7:00-8:30 PT, California
Beth Rudden (IBM Consulting), Christina Montgomery (IBM), Francesca Rossi (IBM T.J. Watson Research Lab)...
2 June 2022
16:00 - 17:30 CEST, Geneva | 22:00-23:30 CST, Beijing | 10:00-11:30 EDT, New York
Anamaria Meshkurti (FONGIT (Fondation Genevoise pour l’Innovation Technologique)), Joseph K. Hopkins (The IPRESTIGE Emerge Fund LLC), Vitaly Kleban (Everynet)...
3 June 2022
16:45 - 18:00 CEST, Geneva | 10:45-12:00 EDT, New York | 22:45-00:00 CST, Beijing
Anamaria Meshkurti (FONGIT (Fondation Genevoise pour l’Innovation Technologique)), Stefan Germann, Crystal Rugege (Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Rwanda)...
8 June 2022
16:00 - 17:30 CEST, Geneva | 22:00-23:30 CST, Beijing | 10:00-11:30 EDT, New York
15 June 2022
15:00 - 16:30 CEST Geneva | 21:00-22:30 CST, Beijing | 09:00-10:30 EST, New York
Jelena Senic (National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)), Raied Caromi (National Institute of Standards and Technology, CTL, Wireless and Network Division), Steve Blandino (National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST))
8 July 2022
16:00 - 18:00 CEST, Geneva | 22:00-00:00 CST, Beijing | 10:00-12:00 EST, New York
Ben Younkman (Village Capital), Melissa Sassi (IBM), Sasha Cahill (PX Pulse)...
15 September 2022
16:00 - 18:00 CEST, Geneva | 10:00-12:00 EDT, New York | 22:00-24:00 CST, Beijing
Lj Rich (BBC News), Henny Admoni (Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University), Anthony Jules (Robust.AI)
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