COP22: Presentation of the World Social Science Report 2016

When, local time: 
Friday, 11 November 2016 -
9:00am to 10:30am
Where: 
Morocco, Marrakech
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Pedro Monreal Gonzalez, pm.monreal-gonzalez@unesco.org

UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Programme will organize a day of panel discussions in the context of the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), taking place in Marrakech, Kingdom of Morocco from 7 to 18 November 2016. These panel discussions will take place throughout the day on 11 November 2016 in the UNESCO Pavilion.

Building on World Social Science Report 2016, this Panel will discuss environmental inequalities in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their two-pronged focus on inclusive development and sustainability.

The WSSR -- with contributions from more than 100 experts -- was overseen by a Scientific Advisory Committee which included the Nobel-Prize laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz. The report is co-published by UNESCO and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) in Paris in cooperation with the UK-based Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex.

The 2016 WSSR looks at seven dimensions of inequalities and at how they, often progressively, interact to shape people’s lives. The Report shows how inequalities cannot and should not understood only in terms of income and wealth. To be fit for purpose, analysis and action should tackle inequalities in their entirety – i.e., through their economic, political, social, cultural, spatial, knowledge-based, and environmental axes.

The Report approaches environmental inequality as unevenness in access to natural resources and benefits from their exploitation; exposure to pollution and risks; and differences in the agency needed to adapt to such threats. It is this core aspect of inequalities and its interplay with the other dimensions that will be the focus of the Panel.

The WSSR -- with contributions from more than 100 experts -- was overseen by a Scientific Advisory Committee which included the Nobel-Prize laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz. The report is co-published by UNESCO and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) in Paris in cooperation with the UK-based Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex.