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Multidimensional Inequality in Arab Countries

Beirut, Lebanon

The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in collaboration with the Economic Research Forum is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on Multidimensional Inequality in Arab Countries which is scheduled to take place on 18-19 February 2019 at the United Nations House in Beirut, Lebanon.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the Economic Research Forum (ERF) joined forces to examine the issue of multidimensional inequality in some depth in a forthcoming report with the tentative title ‘Rethinking inequality in Arab States’.

This technical meeting aims at presenting the findings of the report namely, a comprehensive description and analysis of inequality in Arab countries across spatial, economic, gender and social aspects and its evolution since the early 2000s, in addition to the narrative of the political economy drivers of inequality which aims to identify and chart out remedial policy actions. The results of the discussion are expected to feed into the report and the future work of ESCWA, noting that the Accomplishments on these objectives can potentially lead the region in progressing toward achieving many of the SDGs and targets, particularly those relating to poverty reduction, decent employment and inclusive productive growth.