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Gender, Transnational Inequalities Stressed at Prep Meetings for 2019 HLPF on Sustainable Development

In late February 2019, Kate Donald (the Director of CESR’s Economic and Social Policy program) participated in an expert meeting organized by UN Women, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the UNFCCC Secretariat in Vienna, Austria. “Tackling global challenges to equality and inclusion through the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” aimed to provide a gender perspective on interlinkages between Goals 10, 13 and 16. Kate was the lead discussant in the session on ensuring sustainable financing for gender equality, where she focused on the importance of progressive taxation and international tax cooperation. 
In early April 2019, Kate was invited to participate in the conference Reducing Inequalities: SDG 10 Progress and Prospects, organized by the World Bank and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Kate presented the work CESR has been doing on Goal 10, including our briefing From Disparity to Dignity and our contributions to the annual civil society Spotlight Report. At the meeting, she emphasized the importance of Goal 10’s commitments to reduce inequalities among countries, including through tackling systemic inequities in global economic governance. Participants at the conference also discussed the policies necessary to achieve Goal 10, including progressive fiscal policies, and some of the deficiencies of Goal 10’s current set of indicators, in particular the absence of a robust measure of the gap between the rich and the poor in each country.