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Report on the World Social Situation

The Report on the World Social Situation (RWSS) is prepared on a biennial basis by the Division for Social Policy and Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Over the years, the Report has served as a background document for discussion and policy analysis of socio-economic matters at the intergovernmental level, and has aimed at contributing to the identification of emerging social trends of international concern and to the analysis of relationships among major development issues which have both international and national dimensions. 

RPT WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION 2018

The Report on the World Social Situation 2018

Promoting Inclusion through Social Protection

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Report on the World Social Situation
18 Oct 2018
This report discusses the contribution of social protection to social inclusion focusing, in particular, on the extent to which such groups are effectively covered by existing social protection measures. An overall assessment of the impact of social protection on the reduction of poverty and ineq...
RPT WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION 2016

The Report on the World Social Situation 2016

Leaving no one Behind: The Imperative of Inclusive Development

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Report on the World Social Situation
18 Nov 2016
In adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, world leaders committed themselves to leaving no one behind in pursuit of the eradication of extreme poverty and protection of the planet. Through concerted efforts galvanized by the MDGs, the world has made progress in reducing poverty, bu...
RPT WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION 2013

Report on the World Social Situation 2013

Inequality Matters

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Report on the World Social Situation
19 Feb 2014
The 2013 report examines key drivers of inequality that have emerged in the recent past and the impact of rising inequality. It examines trends in social, economic and spatial inequalities and assesses why inequality matters in order to propose policy solutions to this persistent problem, paying ...
RPT WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION 2011

Report on the World Social Situation 2011

The Global Social Crisis

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Report on the World Social Situation
30 Sep 2011
This report explores the social impact of the great recession and warns of the possibility of continuing global social crisis in the face of increasing fiscal consolidation and austerity measures, which threaten the sustainability of a recovery. The effects of the financial and economic crisis on...
RPT WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION 2010

Report on the World Social Situation 2010

Rethinking Poverty

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Report on the World Social Situation
3 Feb 2010
The 2010 issue of the Report on the World Social Situation focuses on the challenge of achieving poverty reduction. The Millennium Development Goals seek to halve, by 2015, the level of extreme poverty that existed since 1990. The Report begins with an overview of global, regional and selected co...
RPT WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION 2007

Report on the World Social Situation 2007

The Employment Imperative

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Report on the World Social Situation
28 Nov 2007
The 2007 issue of the Report on the World Social Situation focuses on the key role of productive employment and decent work in reducing poverty and promoting social development. It surveys the global trends in employment and work, as well as the socio-economic context within which the world of wo...
RPT WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION 2005

Report on the World Social Situation 2005

The Inequality Predicament

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Report on the World Social Situation
26 Aug 2005
The 2005 Report on the World Social Situation focuses on the international aspects of inequality. As emphasized by the ten-year review of the implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action, there has been uneven progress in many areas of social development, with important re...
RPT WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION 2003

Report on the World Social Situation 2003

Social Vulnerability - Sources and Challenges

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Report on the World Social Situation
21 Nov 2003
The Report on the World Social Situation 2003 examines the issue of social vulnerability. It identifies the sources of social vulnerabilities and explores strategies to reduce them within selected social groups. This year’s Report attempts to increase its relevance by putting forward explicit pol...
RPT WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION 2001

Report on the World Social Situation 2001

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Report on the World Social Situation
2 Nov 2001
This Report offers new insights into the nature and magnitude of the pressing social problems and the national and international policies required to address them. It examines the core social issues of poverty alleviation, productive employment and social integration covering concepts and quantit...
RPT WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION 1997

Report on the World Social Situation 1997

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Report on the World Social Situation
4 Jul 1997
The Report offers new insights into the nature and magnitude of the pressing social problems and the national and international policies required to address them. It examines the core social issues of poverty alleviation, productive employment and social integration covering concepts and quantita...
WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION IN THE 1990

World Social Situation in the 1990s

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Report on the World Social Situation
17 Mar 1995
A comprehensive study that provides the reader with a real understanding of the social forces which have been shaping the world over the last decade. It points out emerging situations and discusses a variety of policies responding to these situations. Presented in three parts, part one discusses ...
RPT WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION 1993

Report on the World Social Situation 1993

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Report on the World Social Situation
23 Sep 1994
Core issues discussed in this report concern the balance between economic efficiency and social justice; the interaction between the social function of the State; market responses to social demands and the imperatives of sustainable development; the equalization of opportunities for all members o...
RPT WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION 1989

Report on the World Social Situation 1989

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Report on the World Social Situation