The Dialogue on Inequalities commenced in Istanbul on 21-22 January 2015. It brought together representatives of UNDP and partner organizations from some two dozen countries, to focus on issues of inequalities in the developing and transition economies of Europe and Central Asia.

Key emphases were on developing a deeper understanding of the causes, trends, and natures of inequalities in this region, and the design and implementation of appropriate policy and programming resources—particularly in the context of emerging post-2015 development frameworks.

Global concerns about inequalities are growing, and for good reason.

High and growing inequalities are increasingly understood to undermine prospects for sustainable development through a multitude of channels. Inequality isn’t new; what is new is the attention it’s getting, particularly in terms of exploring possibilities for moving from rhetoric to policy responses.

However, global narratives on inequalities and how best to address them have not yet fully connected with the transition and developing economies of Europe and Central Asia.

This is partly because of the region’s post-socialist heritage, which left relatively equal (compared to other developing countries) distributions of income, and relatively broad access to social services, as well as relatively small gender disparities. Unfortunately, there are worrying signs that these advantages are being lost—and that problems of inequality and vulnerability are growing and converging with those of other regions. Issues of labour market exclusion and employment are particularly pressing in many European and Central Asian countries—as are challenges of addressing this exclusion without further depreciating the region’s vulnerable natural capital.

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Dialog on Inequalities—Meeting programme

Dialog on Inequalities—Meeting programme

21 January: Inequalities—Trends and implications, global and
regional perspectives

Time

Activity

8.30 Registration
9.00 Opening remarks—Rastislav Vrbensky (Regional Manager,
Istanbul Hub, UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS)

Session 1: “Global and regional perspectives on
inequalities”

9.15 “Inequalities: Global and regional perspectives”

Moderator: Ben Slay (Senior Advisor, UNDP Regional Bureau
for Europe and CIS)

Keynote speakers (20 minutes each)

· Ipek Ilkkaracan Ajas (Department of Management, Istanbul
Technical University)

· Michael Marmot (Director, Institute of Health Equity,
University College, London)

Presentation of UNDP’s Humanity Divided global study of inequalities in developing countries:
Almudena Fernandez, UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme
Support (15 minutes)

Discussion (50 minutes)

Key issues:

· Inequalities in developing countries: Global trends and
challenges

· What policies and programmes seem effective in reducing
inequalities?

· Links to the SDGs, post-2015 agenda

11.00 Coffee break

Session 2: “Inequalities in Southeast Europe and
the Former USSR”

11.15 “Inequalities: The regional landscape”

Moderator: Rastislav Vrbensky, Regional Manager, Istanbul
Hub, UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS

Keynote speakers (20 minutes each)

· Sascha Gabizon (Executive Director, Women in Europe for a
Common Future)

· Marek Dabrowski (Professor of the Higher School of
Economics (Moscow); Non-Resident Scholar at Bruegel
(Brussels))

Presentation of UNDP’s Regional Poverty, Inequality, and Vulnerability regional study: Ben Slay, Senior Advisor, UNDP Regional
Bureau for Europe and CIS (15 minutes)

Discussion (50 minutes)

13.00 Lunch

Session 3: “Unpacking inequalities in the region”
(“Inequality corners”)

14.30

14.45

Reconvene in plenary

Moderator: Ben Slay

Participants split into five “inequality corners” (working
groups) that will:

· Reflect on morning presentations

· Focus on thematic/sectoral dimensions of inequalities in
the region

· Identify key policy and programming challenges

· Be supported by a moderator and rapporteur

· Coffee will be available

Inequality Corner 1:

Gender dimensions

of inequality

Inequality Corner 2:

Measurement, data,

and indicators

Inequality Corner 3:

Inequalities and inclusive governance

Inequality Corner 4:

Health and inequalities

Inequality Corner 5:

Inequalities, employment, and social protection

17.00 Concluding remarks, setting the stage for Day 2

Moderators: Rastislav Vrbensky, Ben Slay

18.30 Reception (in hotel)

21 January: Inequalities—Trends and implications, global and
regional perspectives

Time

Activity

22 January: “What is to be done?”

  Session 4: From analysis to policies and
programming

09.00 Presentation of “inequality corner” results

Moderator: George Bouma (UNDP regional sustainable
development team leader)

· Each “corner rapporteur” makes a 10-minute presentation
on outcomes of her/his Day 1 corner discussions, followed
by 5 minutes of discussion

· General discussion

10.30 Coffee break

Session 5: Programming to address inequalities

10.45 Open forum to share experiences

Moderator: Ben Slay

13.00 Lunch

Session 6: A Regional Human Development Report on
Inequalities?

Moderator: Ben Slay

Rapporteur: Sheila Marnie

14.30 Introduction—Ben Slay (UNDP senior advisor)
14.35 Previous Regional Human Development Reports in Europe and
Central Asia—Elena Danilova-Cross (UNDP programme
specialist, poverty and inequality); Mihail Peleah (UNDP
programme specialist, green economy and employment)
14.55 A vision for the report “what” and the “how”—Ben Slay (UNDP
senior advisor)
15.05 Dissemination platforms—Cherie Hart (UNDP regional
communications advisor); Ariel Rubin (UNDP regional
communications specialist)
15.30 Discussion
16.15 Concluding remarks—Ben Slay (UNDP senior advisor)

Session 7: Conclusions

16.30 Concluding remarks—Rastislav Vrbensky (Regional Manager, Istanbul Hub, UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS), Ben Slay (UNDP senior advisor)