ESCAP has released a new publication entitled, "Time for Equality: The Role of Social Protection in Reducing Inequalities in Asia and the Pacific". The publication explores the linkages between inequality and social protection. Overall, it argues that inequality, in its multiple forms, is on the rise in Asia and the Pacific, and is having an adverse impact on sustainable development.
The report provides evidence that social protection is an effective instrument to reduce inequalities, and by so doing, contributes to the integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. It examines in particular the inequalities faced by children, persons of working-age, older persons and in relation to access to affordable health care and related social protection initiatives taken in the region. It notes that while countries in the region are increasingly recognizing the importance of social protection, important coverage gaps remain. It also includes examples of successful schemes and provides member States and other stakeholders with recommendations along eight broad and complementary approaches.