Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

Reduced inequalities

The international community has made significant strides towards lifting people out of poverty. The most vulnerable nations – the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries and the small island developing states – continue to make inroads into poverty reduction. However, inequality persists and large disparities remain regarding access to health and education services and other assets.

There is growing consensus that economic growth is not sufficient to reduce poverty if it is not inclusive and if it does not involve the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. Fortunately, income inequality has been reduced both between and within countries. At the current time, the per capita income of 60 out of 94 countries with data has risen more rapidly than the national average. There has been some progress regarding creating favorable access conditions for exports from least developing countries as well.

To reduce inequality, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations. There needs to be an increase in duty-free treatment and continuation of favoring exports from developing countries, in addition to increasing the share of developing countries’ vote within the IMF. Finally, innovations in technology can help reduce the cost of transferring money for migrant workers.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Solidarity Across Borders, Montréal

SAB 2003 N

Solidarity Among Children in Africa and the World

1987 Cotonou Benin G

Solidarity among Women - Development Initiatives for Women in the Third World

1982 Vienna Austria G

Solidarity Center

1997 Washington DC USA G

Solidarity East-West

Vaulx-en-Velin France N

Solidarity for ASEAN People's Advocacy

SAPA 2006 Bangkok Thailand F

Solidarity for Development and Peace

1987 Madrid Spain G

Solidarity in Literacy

1997 Sao Paulo Brazil G

Solidarity Water Europe

SWE 1998 Strasbourg France G

Solidarity With Women in Distress

SOLWODI 1985 Boppard Hirzenach Germany G

Sonke Gender Justice Network

2006 Cape Town South Africa G

Sons of Charity - Canossians

Canossians 1831 Rome Italy R

SOPAR-Bala Vikasa

1977 Gatineau QC Canada G

Soroptimist International of Europe

SI/E 1928 Geneva E

Soroptimist International of the Americas

SIA 1921 Philadelphia PA USA E

SOS Layettes

1967 Herstal Belgium G

South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication

SAAPE 2001 Kathmandu Nepal F

South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme

SACEP 1982 Colombo Sri Lanka F g

South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre

SAHRDC 1990 Delhi India E v

South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People

SANDRP 1998 Delhi India G

South Asia Peoples' Alliance

SAPA 2007 Jammu India G

South Asian Free Trade Area

SAFTA 2001 Kathmandu Nepal F gt

South Asian Perspectives Network Association

SAPNA Colombo Sri Lanka F

South East Asian Committee for Advocacy

SEACA Quezon City Philippines E y

Southeast European Cooperative Initiative

SECI 1996 Vienna Austria F g

Southern Africa Committee

SAC 1964 New York NY USA G

Southern Africa Contact

1978 Copenhagen Denmark G

Southern Africa Development Community Election Support Network

SADC-ESN 2010 Harare Zimbabwe E

Southern Africa Trust

2005 Midrand G

Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network


Southern African Natural Products Trade Association

PhytoTrade Africa 2001 London UK D t

Southern African Network of AIDS Service Organizations

SANASO 1991 Harare Zimbabwe K

Southern African Regional Poverty Network

SARPN 2001 Hatfield South Africa N

Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights


Southern Refugee Legal Aid Network

SRLAN 2007 Oxford UK F y

Soutien aux ONG à l'Est et au Sud

SONGES Liège Belgium G

Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta

1099 Rome Italy R

Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute


Sovereignty International

Hollow Rock TN USA G

Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications

SGAC Vienna E

SPARC Europe

2004 Apeldoorn Netherlands F

Special Central American Agreement on the Equalization of Import Duties on Textiles Manufactured from Rayon or from other Artificial or Synthetic Fibres

1965 T g

Special Committee on Decolonization

C-24 1961 New York NY USA E g

SPMUDA International Organization for Peace and Development

SPMUDA International Dumaguete City Philippines G

Sports Ambassadors

SA 1952 Colorado Springs CO USA G

Sports Rights Owners Coalition

SROC London UK F y

Sri Agathiar Sanmaarga Charitable Trust

Turaiyur India G

SSE International Forum

2004 Paris France F c

Stamp Out Poverty

2002 London UK G y

STAND International

2007 Edinburgh UK G