Inequality and exclusion are among the most pressing political issues of our age. They are on the rise and the anger felt by citizens towards elites perceived to be out-of-touch constitutes a potent political force. Policy-makers and the public are clamoring for a set of policy options that can arrest and reverse this trend.
Data, tech, and analytics are already transforming work to promote peace and security, and practitioners have been expanding their toolkits to take advantage of the revolution in information gathering, data analytics, ICTs, and machine learning. In an important step towards gathering a community of cross-sectoral practitioners around this issue, on March 20 more than 70 participants from around the world attended the “Data for Peace and Security” workshop in New York City. Read on for the workshop summary and the recommendations that came from the meeting.
This fifth contribution to the challenge paper on the Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion, part of the Pathfinders initiative, explores innovative social protection. We acknowledge the current partnership between the World Bank, the OECD, and the econonomic justice initiative of the Open Society Foundations in carrying out this research.
Member states agree—in principle—with the Secretary-General that the United Nations should do more to prevent crises before they emerge, including through assisting countries to tackle root causes. But translating this approach into practice sometimes raises sensitivities and questions.
This briefing, our third in a series on prevention at the UN, maps out a wide range of member states’ concerns around the approach to prevention at the UN, based on dialogues with a regionally diverse group of 20 member states. It also identifies key areas of common ground that can provide the basis for forward movement on practical implementation of the prevention agenda.
Beneficial owners are defined as those who are the natural persons who ultimately own/control a customer and/or the natural persons on whose behalf a transaction is being conducted. It also includes those persons who exercise ultimate control over a legal person or arrangement. The availability of this information is a key requirement of international tax transparency and the fight against financial crime. Beneficial ownership is now the leading issue in the global anti-corruption and tax justice movement.
This policy paper is the fourth contribution to the challenge paper on the Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion, which will be launched in July 2019 at the UN High-level Political Forum.