Knowledge Note

"Even as all of humanity confronts COVID-19, it is becoming increasingly clear that pre-existing inequalities along various dimensions are differentiating its impact."

This brief identifies inequalities around the COVID-19 pandemic in exposure, vulnerabilities, and coping capacity. It suggests that crisis responses in four areas could turn the tide on inequality. These include expanding systems for the universal provision of quality social services; identifying and empowering vulnerable groups; investing in jobs and livelihoods; and acting through the multilateral system to respond to disparities across countries.

This document is UN/DESA (United Nations/ Department of Economic and Social Affairs Economic Analysis) Policy brief #65, May 2020 edition.