Persistent poverty, growing inequalities, shrinking environmental limits and market volatility threaten the social and economic gains made since the turn of the millennium. A new development agenda will need to look behind the symptoms to tackle the structural causes or drivers of poverty, inequality, social injustice and environmental degradation in order to create conditions for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable future.
This brief was prepared by Esuna Dugarova with inputs from Peter Utting and Sarah Cook, drawing primarily on UNRISD research. It is based on a longer background note
prepared by UNRISD as an input to the Note by the Secretariat, Emerging Issues: The Social Drivers of Sustainable Development
(E/CN.5/2014/8, for the 52nd session of the Commission for Social Development) which includes a full bibliography.
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