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Social inequality has existed as long as hierarchical systems have defined human connection and interaction. Inequality is shaped by structural factors, and yet it is seemingly inherent to the human experience, as few other systemic machines have produced as divergent a range of experiences on a single spectrum as inequality has. There have always been those who insist upon the merit associated with a certain level of economic inequality as a motivator for innovation in post-industrial societies; however, few can dispute that inequality has the capacity to disproportionately favour a select few, while simultaneously restricting upward mobility and access to many. In recent decades, as the gap between the rich and the poor has widened, so too have political, social, and other inequalities, which are often intertwined, and only further exacerbate the disparities of this growing divide. As stated by former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, “As inequalities widen, the social fabric of our societies is both stretched and strained. This often leads to a downward spiral of economic and social uncertainty and even unrest.”
Inequality is not inevitable, nor is it solely economic or confined to any given region. Opportunities must be equally accessible for all, and therefore the objective of shared, inclusive growth must be targeted by all communities, regions and countries. The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, seeks to address a diverse range of inequalities, and in examining the SDGs in the context of inequality, one should look no further than the four distinct, yet interrelated, areas that are highlighted in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These areas include access, gender, opportunity and outcomes. To promote understanding and global awareness of critical issues pertaining to inequality, as well as to contribute to the ongoing discourse on the development of policy initiatives, Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal (NRF) calls for papers for a Special Issue on Inequality, to be published in 2018.
We invite articles on different aspects of inequality for consideration by our editorial team for publication in this special NRF issue. Articles to be submitted must be relevant to policymaking, with a focus on applied research and/or case studies. The editorial team will give priority to articles that assess critical issues pertaining to inequality, including, but not limited to, themes related to gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, income, class, education, policy, age, and/or health. The editorial team invites research and discussion papers for review and selective publication, so as to provide scientifically strong and policy relevant inputs to advancing the achievement of the SGDs in all of its specific target areas.
Articles should contain original material and should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length. Contributions to the journal are accepted at the NRF manuscript submission site at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/nrf
Author guidelines may be consulted at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1477-8947/homepage/ForAuthors.html
Questions and comments may be addressed to: NRFORUM@un.org