Individuals in the bottom 40 percent in more than half of the countries in the Asia Pacific region have income growth rates that are insufficient for income convergence. Women, girls, and migrants are still faced with discrimination in the work place and in access to public services such as health care. Large inequalities of opportunity persist, particularly in educational attainment, ownership of a bank account, access to clean fuels and basic sanitation. Policy interventions are required in order to address and reduce inequality in the region. Acknowledging that the poor and vulnerable are among the people most impacted by natural disasters, and economic crises, social protection is essential for protection and recovery of these groups. As evidenced by the COVID-19 pandemic it has become clear that the Asia Pacific region still lacks in its capability to protect marginalized communities. This roundtable focuses on promoting policies that reduce inequality, including the use of data for an evidence-based approach for identifying groups that are left behind. DOWNLOAD SDG PROFILE For more data and regional analysis, access the Asia-Pacific SDG Gateway.