ABOUT THIS SECTOR
Social inclusion is at the core of the European Social Model and European values enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty.
Social exclusion and inequality have emerged as a major concern, not only in developed but also in developing economies. The failure to address social exclusion and inequalities has hindered the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, with persistent inequalities across various MDGs such as those related to poverty reduction, gender, education and maternal and reproductive health. Equality should be seen not only as a matter of income and access to basic services but in essence a matter of human rights. Social exclusion and unequal treatment mean that globally over 900 million people belong to groups that experience discrimination or disadvantages as a result of their identity.