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The international community has made significant strides towards lifting people out of poverty.  The most vulnerable nations – the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries and the small island developing states – continue to make inroads into poverty reduction.  However, inequality persists and large disparities remain regarding access to health and education services and other assets.

There is growing consensus that economic growth is not sufficient to reduce poverty if it is not inclusive and if it does not involve the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.

To reduce inequality, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.


Forests & Reduced inequality

- Families, communities and indigenous peoples manage 30% of global forest area - (FAO)


PEFC’s contribution to SDG #10

- PEFC Group Certification enables small-forest holders to achieve certification, giving them access to international markets and helping to alleviate poverty -


PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management requirements contributing to SDG #10:

Although PEFC does not directly deliver on the fulfillment of this development goal, PEFC fully supports it.


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