human development

News in Brief 9 December 2019

  • Inequality risks splitting society apart ‘on scale not seen since industrial revolution’ 
  • Bachelet: mobilize everywhere to protect climate and dignity for everyone 
  • Official: it’s now a war crime to intentionally starve communities in civil wars 
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UNDP’s Achim Steiner highlights growing inequality between haves and have-nots

The 2019 Human Development Report (HDR) – entitled Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: inequalities in human development in the 21st Century - was launched on Monday, in Bogota, Colombia.  This year’s report shows that a new generation of severe inequalities in human development is emerging, even as the gap is narrowing, on many of the unresolved inequalities of the 20th century.  Achim Steiner, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, talks about the Human Development Report’s main messages to the world.  

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UN Gender Focus: access to water, burkini ban and gender inequality in the labour market

Time wasted collecting water a “double whammy” for women and girls

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No “automatic link’ between work and human development

There is no “automatic link” between work and human development, according to a new UN report on the topic, released Monday.

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Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, warns flagship UN report

Reducing vulnerability and strengthening resilience are critical to securing human development progress, the United Nations says in a flagship report released today that examines the risks posed by natural or human-induced disasters and crises and offers ways to tackle them.

Environmental problems putting global progress at risk – UN report

Environmental deterioration threatens to reverse recent progress in human development for the world’s poorest, warns a United Nations report released today, calling for urgent action to slow climate change, prevent further degradation and reduce inequalities.

UN human development rankings place Norway at the top and DR Congo last

Norway, Australia and the Netherlands lead this year’s newly released Human Development Index (HDI) rankings, the annual United Nations measure of progress in human well-being, while the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Niger and Burundi are at the bottom.

UN honours British professor with human development accolade

A British professor today received a prestigious lifetime achievement award from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for her contributions to advancing the social and economic well-being worldwide.

UN index shows deep inequalities persist between countries rich and poor

The world’s countries continue to record substantial improvements in human development but vast inequalities still exist between rich and poor States, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) warned today as it unveiled its annual measure of progress in human well-being.

Behind the scenes of the making of a flagship UN report on human development

A year and a half ago, researchers at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) sent a series of emails to thousands of people around the world. Those messages marked the first steps in a long and detailed journey that culminated in today’s release of the latest edition of what has become one of the UN’s flagship publications – the Human Development Report.