Could worldwide social inequality be the downfall of sustainable development?

The figures prove it: over the last 40 years, the gains from economic growth have mainly flowed to the wealthiest segments of the population. At the same time, social inequalities have assumed dramatic proportions worldwide. Is this going to derail sustainable development? What does it mean for Switzerland and its development cooperation?

Hear facts and assessments on the issue with Christoph Bader and Sabin Bieri, CDE, and Thomas Gass, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).


  • 18:30 Door opening
  • 19:00 Welcome by Jacques Ducrest, Federal Council Delegate for Agenda 2030, Brigitte Roux, initiator and producer of the Rendez-vous Bundesplatz and Reto Nause, director for Security, Environment and Energy, Bern
  • 19:15 Input by Christoph Bader, researcher at CDE, University of Bern: Facts and figures on global income and wealth inequalities
  • 19:30 Sabin Bieri, Director of the CDE, discusses with Thomas Gass: Are social inequalities bringing down sustainable development? What does this mean for Switzerland and its development cooperation?
  • 20:00 Audience questions and discussion
  • 20:15 End

Protection plan: In view of the current health situation, a protection plan has been developed according to the guidelines of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. Participation in the events is limited to 60 people in the Bernese Cantonal Bank and 100 people in the Bellevue Palace. Registration for the events is compulsory and enables contact details to be collected. The latter will be provided to the authorities if tracing is required. They will be deleted 14 days after the event. In addition, disinfectant gels will be made available at the entrance to the events, a distance between seats will be maintained and masks must be worn (except for panelists).

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