Many still barred from access to social, political and economic opportunities

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Participants at a UN forum on Indigenous Issues. Indigenous people are in danger of being left behind. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Despite social progress worldwide, many people still continue to face limited access to social, economic and political opportunities, a new United Nations report reveals.

 Leaving No One Behind—The Imperative of Inclusive Development was launched on Wednesday by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Dianne Penn reports.

The 2016 Report of the World Social Situation examines disadvantages faced by some groups in society, for example when it comes to accessing education and employment.

They include youth, older persons, indigenous people, migrants and persons with disabilities.

The report finds that children with disabilities or who come from ethnic minority groups have a greater risk of not completing lower secondary education when compared with their peers.

Daniela Bas is the Director of the UN's Division of Social Policy and Development.

"Leaving no one behind and promoting social inclusion are not simple goals. And we have learned that the focus on poverty and the lack of employment and decent work and the policy implications that these have in keeping societies in peace is enormous. We also have learned that there are some key areas such as social protection and education that need to have social policy frameworks at national level."

The report includes recommendations that will help governments to address barriers that limit people's access to opportunities.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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