The richest 10% have up to 40% of global income whereas the poorest 10% earn only between 2-7%. Women spend three times as many hours in unpaid domestic and care work as men. Current estimates indicate 690 million people are hungry and around 1.6 billion children and youth are out of school.

The United Nations 10th Sustainable Development Goal is to reduce inequalities, within and among countries. Inequality within and among countries is a continuous cause for concern. The COVID-19 Pandemic further exacerbated existing inequalities, hitting the poorest and most vulnerable communities the hardest. It has highlighted the grave reality of economic inequalities and the fragile safety nets that leave vulnerable communities to bear the brunt of the crisis. Simultaneously, economic, social, and political inequalities have intensified the impacts of the pandemic. Taking actions to pursue inclusive, equitable, and sustainable growth is, therefore, essential to ensure a balance among the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and to ensure that the SDGs are met.

This website is part of the ‘170 Series’ launched by the Perception Change Project
of the UN. It gives you 10 suggestions for each of the 17 SDGs. There are several practical actions you can take individually such as donating your old clothes, consuming fair-trade products, participating and influencing more collective actions such as striving towards zero food waste, campaigning for equal pay for men and women and urging your governments to take more eco-friendly stances to save our planet.

Now, more than ever, reducing inequalities is of utmost importance. While solutions rest with regional and national policymakers, collective and individual actions at the international level play a crucial role in reducing inequalities.

SDG's wheel

Before you
keep in mind

  • The human activity of production and consumption is extremely intertwined and has complex value chains - this is why we stress the word “sustainable” in the sense that the actions you take should possibly contribute to alleviate a problem at its roots and not just getting rid of “symptoms”.
  • We all live in different surroundings, climates, social and economic spheres and landscapes, health conditions and carry different responsibilities. So not all ideas may be applicable to every single person.
  • The ideas in this website are basic - adapt the ideas to your personal environment, such that they make sense being put into practice where you are.
  • In general, it’s about aspiring the balance. It would be wrong to say that the whole world population must reduce its consumption, as a significant part of the world’s population has hardly any access to basic living requirements. Still, try to keep in mind that it is generally about asking yourself if you need something and if yes, how much you need it, or if there would be a more environmentally friendly alternative to it.
  • While greatly inspired by the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, some of the ideas provided may seem to go beyond this scope. Sometimes, the ideas complement the SDGs well, and sometimes certain ideas align with more than one goal. This further portrays the intersectionality of inequalities, and how there are endless opportunities to reduce them, if we all work together.


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