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Reduce inequality within and among countries

“Inequality has increased considerably in the last 20 years: 10 percent of humanity now owns 90 percent of the wealth. In view of these proportions, I ask the question: Can this go on in the long run? This is no foundation for a peaceful and sustainable world!"


Minister Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development 



What should be achieved?

  1. By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average.
  2. By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.
  3. Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard.
  4. Adopt policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality.
  5. Improve the regulation and monitoring of global financial markets and institutions and strengthen the implementation of such regulations.
  6. Ensure enhanced representation and voice for developing countries in decision-making in global international economic and financial institutions in order to deliver more effective, credible, accountable and legitimate institutions.
  7. Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies.


How should the goal be achieved?

  1. Implement the principle of special and differential treatment for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, in accordance with World Trade Organization agreements.
  2. Encourage official development assistance and financial flows, including foreign direct investment, to States where the need is greatest, in particular least developed countries, African countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries, in accordance with their national plans and programmes.
  3. By 2030, reduce to less than 3 per cent the transaction costs of migrant remittances and eliminate remittance corridors with costs higher than 5 per cent.


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