The World Social Report is a new Flagship annual from the UN that is the result of the merger of two former annual titles, the Report on the World Social Situation and the World Economic and Social Survey. The Report examines the links between inequality and the mega trends of climate change, frontier technologies, urbanization and international migration. The work was developed by the Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) with contributions from many Divisions within the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) along with UN Habitat.
The World Social Report 2021 points to new directions in which rural development strategies need to be reconsidered. It offers certain strategic principles, programmes of action, and a set of concrete policies that can be combined to devise effective strategies that can help to realize the potential of rural development and achieve the SDGs. WSR 2021 will re-examine the narrow view of rural development and expand the discussion to include the role of development in achieving the wider set of SDGs. In doing the latter, it intends to pay particular attention to the interaction of rural development with SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 8 (economic growth and decent work), SDG 9 (infrastructure), SDG 11 (sustainable communities), SDG 13 (climate change), SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 15 (life on land). The interlinkages of all these Goals suggest that there exist potential synergies between rural development and sustainable efforts in many other directions.